By Frank McAvennie

20th Dec, 2020 | 7:00pm

'Massive' - Exclusive: McAvennie in awe of Celtic player who was 'Brilliant' today

Frank McAvennie has heaped praise on Celtic goalkeeper Conor Hazard after his penalty heroics against Hearts secured a historic quadruple treble.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the Parkhead legend claimed the 22-year-old has had a “massive impact” on the side since his introduction earlier this month.

Hazard, who began the season as the club’s third-choice keeper, saved two penalties as the Hoops made history by winning all three domestic trophies for the fourth consecutive season.

Neil Lennon’s side are unbeaten since Hazard, David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro were introduced into the starting eleven against Lille.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the trios’ contribution after a historic quadruple treble, McAvennie said:

“There has not been enough competition at Celtic this season. Everyone was guaranteed their place until recently.

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“The young boys have come in and had a massive impact. The goalkeeper Hazard has been brilliant and Lenny could not leave him out of the team today. He’s given others a kick up the backside.

“If Hazard keeps going the way he is going he will be the number one for the rest of the season.”   

Football Insider revealed on Thursday that chief executive Peter Lawwell has given the green light for the club to reward the shot-stopper with a new long-term contract.

The Norther Ireland international is under contract at Parkhead until June 2023.

In other news, it can be REVEALED that Celtic are ready to open talks with £4million-valued star in January over free transfer.