It’s almost impossible for any young goalkeepers to break through at major clubs, especially if the manager is under a bit of pressure.
It’s the one position where you can’t sub someone on to build up their experience and ideally you don’t want any rotation in there at all, so a young player usually needs to wait for disaster to strike before they get a chance.
It’s probably harsh to say that Celtic’s goalkeeping options are a disaster just now, but it’s clear that Bain and Barkas aren’t playing well enough to hold down the position, so Conor Hazard has been given the chance to impress.
He looked like the kind of player who would eventually leave without getting a chance to play, but the opposite could be true after the Belfast Telegraph reported that he’s actually in line for a new contract.
His contract is up at the end of this season so it would leave him free to negotiate with other teams from January so tying him down to a new deal makes total sense.
It’s suggested that he’ll get a bigger wage which is absolutely deserved, but it’s also believed that he’ll be given more chances to play and make that number one spot his own.
That could also depend on Celtic’s approach in January as you have to think contact will be made with Southampton about Fraser Forster again, but Hazard’s future at Celtic Park certainly looks bright.