Celtic goalkeeper Conor Hazard may have made the season-defining impact of saving Neil Lennon’s job with his penalty heroics in the Scottish Cup Final, according to Paul Robinson.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Tottenham and England number one said that the 22-year-old will be ‘massively boosted’ by his performance against Hearts.
Hazard saved two penalties on what was just his third senior appearance, as the Hoops made history by winning all three domestic trophies for the fourth consecutive season.
Speaking after the win, Lennon hailed the “fantastic” young goalkeeper who had “written his name down in the history of the club”.
Robinson claimed Hazard will now have presence and a standing in the dressing room at Parkhead.
“It is a massive, massive boost for him,” he told Football Insider.
“Being giving the gloves in the first place was a huge vote of confidence from Neil Lennon.
“Hazard is young and he is probably getting through games on adrenaline right now but that will settle him.
“That performance will endear him to the fans and he will now have a big presence in the dressing room.
“It is always tough as a young goalkeeper to come into a first team environment. It is tough to find your place and standing in the dressing room but he will have a lot of respect among the team now.
“He will be the number one now for the foreseeable future because by saving those penalties he has probably save his manager’s job as well.”