By Frank McAvennie

14th Nov, 2022 | 8:33am

Conor Hazard backed for Celtic move amid 'soul destroying' claim - McAvennie

Frank McAvennie has insisted Conor Hazard will leave Celtic in January.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Hoops striker said it will be “soul destroying” to leave Parkhead but said Hazard will want to play every week.

The 24-year-old will return to Glasgow after joining HJK Helsinki on loan in January where the shot stopper helped them to secure their second league title in a row.

The Finnish season ended on 16 October and Hazard made 39 appearances across all competitions for the club during his loan.

Joe Hart has been the undisputed number one at Parkhead since his arrival, with summer signing Benjamin Siegrist and Scott Bain waiting for their opportunity.

Hazard’s Celtic contract expires in 2023 and will have the opportunity to sign a pre-contract elsewhere in January.

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McAvennie suggested the Northern Ireland international may leave Celtic permanently in January.

“They have got Bain who is number three,” he told Football Insider.

He will love the fact that he was playing every week on loan. If you are a footballer that is what you have got to do. It is soul destroying leaving Celtic but if you are not getting a game you have to.

You do not realise how big a club it is until you walk out the door. Footballers love football and he will be wanting to play. I think Celtic will let him go in January and maybe let him go on the cheap.

In other news, Giorgios Giakoumakis has been tipped for Celtic axe after what McAvennie has spotted – ‘it’s a harsh reality’.