Dundee manager comments on 'highly-rated' Celtic loanee Conor Hazard

Celtic fans greet the arrival of the Celtic FC team bus at Celtic Park ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Celtic and RB Salzburg at Celtic Park on December 13, 2018 in...

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic have allowed goalkeeper Conor Hazard to join Jake McPake's Dundee on loan.

Dublin , Ireland - 12 November 2018; Conor Hazard during a Northern Ireland Training Session at Gannon Park in Malahide, Dublin.

Dundee manager Jake McPake has expressed his gratitude to Celtic after the Scottish Premiership champions allowed goalkeeper Conor Hazard to move to Dens Park on an emergency loan deal, in quotes reported by The Courier.

The Championship outfit were left in a muddle after regular number one Jack Hamilton was ruled out recently with an appendix problem but, fortunately, Celtic came to their rescue.

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21-year-old Northern Ireland international Hazard arrived at Dundee earlier this week on a short-term deal after McPake’s side were given the nod to complete the deal outside of the transfer window.

 

And the Dundee boss was thrilled to get Hazard on board.

“We are very fortunate that we have been able to get Conor in so quickly and I am grateful to Celtic for helping us out with that,” said McPake, who took advice from one-time Northern Ireland coach and current Dundee assistant Jimmy Nicholl before agreeing the terms of the loan.

(L-R)  goalkeeper Conor Hazard of Ireland U19, Sam Lammers of The Netherlands U19 during the EURO 2016 U19 qualifying match between Netherlands U19 and Northern Ireland U19 on March 26,...

“I have also seen enough of (Hazard) from the development squads to know that he is rated very highly.”

6ft 6ins Hazard hasn’t made a single appearance in all competitions for Celtic this season with Scott Bain, Fraser Forster and Craig Gordon ahead of him in the pecking order, so a loan at Dundee has arguably come at the perfect time for a young ‘keeper who will only benefit from being given access to some much-needed first-team action.

A general view of  Celtic Park ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Celtic and Zenit St Petersburg at the Celtic Park on February 15, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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