After his Scottish Cup final heroics for Celtic last night to secure the Quadruple Treble, Conor Hazard has received a class message from FIFA.
At the start of the season, Conor Hazard would have been extremely lucky to have made a few appearances for Celtic. After all, the club had gone out and spent £4.5 million to bring Vasilis Barkas to Parkhead from AEK Athens.
That move has not quite worked out the way that the Greek international would have expected though. He has failed to establish himself as a commanding figure between the posts for the Hoops. As a result, he finds himself out of the first-team picture for the time being and needs to improve drastically.
On the other hand, Scott Bain has never looked like someone who can nail down a spot in the Celtic team. Yes, he has made a couple of penalty saves already this season but goals continued to leak in when he was playing in place of Barkas.
As a result, Neil Lennon was almost forced to give Hazard an opportunity and he grabbed it with both hands. He was the hero in the Scottish Cup final after making a couple of penalty saves in the shootout last night. And he has received a message from FIFA for his heroics on Twitter:
🧤 Conor Hazard began December as @CelticFC‘s 3rd-choice keeper. Yesterday he saved two penalties to inspire a come-from-behind #ScottishCupFinal shootout victory and seal an unprecedented quadruple treble 🤯
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) December 21, 2020
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Now, it is important that he uses this as a launching pad and continues to put in good performances. To be very honest, he was not having the best day at the office in the final, although it did appear that he was fouled leading up to Hearts’ equaliser.
But then, he managed to step up to the plate when it mattered the most. With Christie missing his spot-kick, Celtic were left chasing the game. But Hazard then pulled out two back-to-back saves to help seal the win, the Scottish Cup and the Quadruple Treble.
It is still very possible that the Hoops will decide to go after a goalkeeper in January. And if Hazard has to stay the number 1, he needs to put in a series of impressive displays leading up to the winter transfer market. If that happens, then there is a good chance that the board will place their faith in him and end up looking towards other areas to improve