Celtic goalkeeper Conor Hazard is on the verge of joining Falkirk on loan until the end of the season, according to a BBC Sport Scotland pundit.
Former Hibernian player Tam McManus claimed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday night that Hazard, 19, is due to join the Scottish Championship club to earn first-team experience as he is very highly-rated by manager Brendan Rodgers.
“Hearing Falkirk are on the verge of signing 19 year old Celtic goalkeeper Conor Hazard on loan,” McManus said.
“The 6ft 6 Irish goalkeeper signed a new 4 year deal at Celtic last year and is extremely highly rated by Brendan Rodgers. Could be another good bit of business by the Bairns.”
Hearing Falkirk are on the verge of signing 19 year old Celtic goalkeeper Conor Hazard on loan. The 6ft 6 Irish goalkeeper signed a new 4 year deal at Celtic last year and is extremely highly rated by Brendan Rodgers. Could be another good bit of business by the Bairns.
— Tam McManus (@The_Tman10) January 24, 2018
Falkirk are managed by former Bhoys midfielder Paul Hartley, which may have played a part in the deal going through.
As McManus says, the colossal goalkeeper, who stands at 6ft 6in is very highly thought of by those in charge at Celtic Park, the four year deal is testament to that.
Hazard has yet to be involved in a first-team game for the Hoops, but he has been on the bench on a few occasions.
Football Insider verdict
This move looks to be ideal for both the player and the club. Hazard will get to play some first team football at a challenging level, as Falkirk are looking to avoid relegation from the Championship. Rodgers will be pleased with the transfer as it will allow him to see how far along the player is at the current stage of his career. Hazard may well be the natural successor to Craig Gordon in the Celtic goal, and how the player fares at Falkirk could well play a part in when he starts to become the first choice goalkeeper. This loan move to Falkirk could be the breakthrough in a very promising career.
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