Celtic pundit Natasha Meikle has recently issued some criticism for the performance of Conor Hazard in the club’s Scottish Cup final win over Hearts.
Meikle was a guest on the latest episode of the ‘A Celtic State of Mind’ podcast and the panel discussed multiple issues involving the Bhoys. One topic of discussion was Hazard and his performance against Hearts. Meikle believes that Hazard played like a third-choice goalkeeper and there were instances when he wasn’t committed in what he was doing.
Was Hazard poor against Hearts?
Hazard, currently 22, is reportedly in line to sign a new contract at Parkhead soon. It has been reported that the goalkeeper was being targeted by Dundee in the summer transfer window, but the Bhoys decided against a potential deal. He has previously spent loan stints at Falkirk and Partick Thistle (as per The Scottish Sun).
Meikle wasn’t too impressed by his performance against Hearts, even though the goalkeeper saved two penalties.
She said: “He looked like a third-choice goalie, didn’t he? Absolutely, he stepped up and saved those two penalties very well. Absolutely delighted for him from that perspective, but throughout the game, he looked jittery. He looked nervous. Often you saw him coming for the ball, stopping, coming again, there was just no commitment to whatever action he was going to take. That’s just experience.”
TIF Thoughts on Meikle’s comments regarding Hazard…
Hazard himself has stated that Celtic had conceded goals that could’ve been avoided against Hearts. He also said that letting in the third goal made him angry (as per Belfast Live).
So perhaps, the 22-year-old didn’t quite have a spotless game on Sunday but having said that, it was only his fourth appearance for the Celtic first-team and that is a reflection of the fact that he’s still inexperienced at this level.
Neil Lennon has previously compared him to Craig Gordon and it might suggest that he has a bright future. So being a bit patient with Hazard might be a good idea for Celtic fans.