Celtic have a huge fixture approaching as they prepare to lock horns with Hearts in Sunday’s Scottish Cup Final. Thanks to wins over Lille and Kilmarnock, the Hoops are back in winning form following a difficult 2019/20 season.
Whilst they may have slipped drastically behind Rangers in the Premiership, they have a good chance of securing some silverware and indeed, the ‘quadruple treble’ with a Sunday victory.
Neil Lennon will have a difficult decision to make as he mulls over his first team options. With his future at the club potentially in jeopardy, he has been risking a few outsider choices recently but they have paid off in dividends. One man that he must start against Hearts is Conor Hazard, who has enormously stepped up to the plate in the last two matches.
With both Scott Bain and Vasilis Barkas failing to impress the boss this season, Lennon has been forced to take desperate measures. The manager handed back-to-back starts to 22-year-old Hazard, who had only ever made one previous first team appearance back in 2017.
Following his senior debut, many of the shot-stopper’s current and former teammates heaped praise on his achievement and praised his hard work.
He slipped down the pecking order though after he made his first appearance. But back then he was just a teenager. Now, he has had time to work hard both on and off the pitch and if he can help Celtic lift the cup on Sunday, he could be looking at a spot as Lennon’s first choice next season.
The Hoops will be furious that their summer signing of Barkas hasn’t paid off but Hazard has swooped in and potentiality saved both the club and Lennon’s campaign.