By Alex McLeish

17th Dec, 2020 | 8:30pm

'Massive Talent' - Exclusive: McLeish in awe of undroppable Celtic youngster

The emergence of Conor Hazard has been a “massive boost” for Celtic in recent weeks, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has admitted the young goalkeeper still has a lot to learn but insisted he looks like a “massive talent” for the future.

The 22-year-old has started Celtic’s last two games ahead of Greece and Scotland international Vasilis Barkas and Scott Bain after unconvincing performances from both senior shot-stoppers.

With Hazard’s contract set to run out at the end of the season, the Scottish Sun report that talks over a new deal have been taking place since the summer and the Northern Ireland international is close to committing his immediate future to the Bhoys.

McLeish has insisted the keeper’s talent between the sticks is clear to see and that his rise at Parkhead will be a big boon for everyone.

McLeish told Football Insider: You know, the kid coming in, he’s obviously got talent, he’s done well, some good saves and some good positional moments but he’s still young, he still doesn’t have all the answers.

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“He’s probably like me in my first few games – playing on adrenaline, and you get that – but you can see there’s definitely potential, massive talent, there.

“To see him coming into these games, it’s been a massive boost for not only him but Celtic as well. It’s coincided with Celtic winning a couple of games and that can also influence the thinking of picking a team as well.”

Hazard now has a total of three first-team appearances under his belt for the Bhoys.

He also made his international debut as a 20-year-old back in 2018 as he replaced Trevor Carson for the final 17 minutes against Costa Rica.

In other news, Frank McAvennie has been blown away by Celtic star who “slagged” himself off.