Jackie McNamara says that it is “brilliant” for Celtic goalkeeper Conor Hazard to be facing the prospect of first-team football after securing an emergency loan to Championship Dundee.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Hoops and Scotland star says that it is going to be an almost impossible task for the 21-year-old to make a mark on the senior side at Parkhead, with international stoppers Fraser Forster, Craig Gordon and Scott Bain ahead of him.
Dundee confirmed that they had secured the signing of the shot-stopper on an emergency loan after first-team mainstay Jack Hamilton underwent surgery to have his appendix removed.
We are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Conor Hazard on emergency loan from Celtic #thedee
— Dundee Football Club (@DundeeFC) October 24, 2019
McNamara says that with Hazard already having senior experience from loans at Falkirk and Partick Thistle, it is only good news to see him set for more game time in the Championship.
Asked if it was brilliant he would be getting first-team football, McNamara told Football Insider: “Yeah, it is. You can see how hard it is for Gordon and Bain, goalkeepers it’s more difficult to get on or get games when there’s only one position you’re going for.
“For the lad, it’s getting that experience in games. He was out on loan last year for a bit as well.”
Hazard, who stands at a giant 6ft 5in tall [Transfermarkt], has played just once for Celtic’s first-team since coming through the youth ranks at Parkhead, finding himself behind Scott Bain, Craig Gordon and now Fraser Forster in the pecking order.
Despite his lack of game time for the Hoops he is also a Northern Irish international, making his debut as a substitute against Costa Rica back in March 2018.