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  • Conor Hazard signs new four-year contract with Celtic

    Conor Hazard signs new four-year contract with Celtic

    By: Mark Henderson on 08 Sep, 2017 12:51

  • CELTIC are delighted to announce that Irish goalkeeper Conor Hazard has signed a new four-year deal with the club.

    The 19-year-old put pen to paper in Paradise this morning alongside Chief Executive, Peter Lawwell,

    His proud family also watched on - parents Pauline and Gary and younger brother Jack, a fellow shot-stopper who is on the books of Glenavon.

    Hazard’s latest new deal is testament to his excellent progress since joining the Celtic Youth Academy just over three years ago from Cliftonville.

    Having consistently impressed for the Development Squad, he made his top-team bow earlier this summer in the pre-season friendly win over Linz.

    And since the current campaign got underway, he has moved up the pecking order to become the current third-choice keeper for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

    Speaking exclusively to Celtic TV, Hazard said: “It feels amazing and it’s a great honour for me. It’s a boyhood dream come true and it still has to sink in. 

    “It feels unreal and it’s special to have my family over to see me signing.

    "They have obviously been with me from the beginning. My Mum and Dad drove me everywhere and there has always been that football competition between my brother and I in the back garden.

    “I wouldn’t have been able to do without all the coaches I have worked with. I have had great help from Colin Meldrum and Stevie Woods who have really developed me over the past three years and hopefully there is more to come.

    Hazard’s long-term ambition is to become Celtic’s No.1 and the talented teenager knows he in the perfect environment to fulfil his undoubted potential.

    “I have four years now to work as hard as I can to get it done,” said the keeper.

    “Craig (Gordon) and Dorus (de Vries) have helped me a lot along the way and I'm learning from them every day, along with Stevie Woods. It’s a great achievement but now I need to try and push on and do it.”

    “The gaffer has shown he is bringing through young players and it’s a great opportunity for us all and it’s up to us to take it and prove we can do it.”

    Hear Conor's exclusive reaction to signing his new contract on Celtic TV and you read his thoughts on extending his stay in Paradise in next week's Celtic View

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