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Mark Pirie

Conor Hazard signs Celtic extension as goalkeeper marks breakthrough season with two year deal

Goalkeeper Conor Hazard has committed his future to Celtic signing a new two year deal.

The 22-year-old goalkeeper put pen to paper on a contract that will keep him at Parkhead until 2023.

Lennoxtown academy graduated Hazard made his first-team debut earlier this season in Celtic’s 3-2 Europa League win against Lille.

His league debut came three days later which saw Celtic record a 2-0 victory over Kilmarnock at Celtic Park as he held off summer signing Vasilis Barkas and Scott Bain.

The Northern Irishman lifted silverware for the first time as he was the penalty shoot-out hero against Hearts in the Scottish Cup final.

While he made a couple of mistakes in the game it was his saves from two spot-kicks that ensured the completion of the quadruple treble.

The stopper had been approaching the end of his deal this summer but will stay to fight for the number one spot.

Hazard told Celtic TV his ambition was to "get more regular football" and added: "(You) haven't seen the best of me yet. There is still a lot more to come.

"I know I am only 22 years of age and I have a lot to learn but I know I have the potential to get there.

"Just playing those seven games has given me a big boost to my confidence and I am going into training every day knowing that there is that opportunity to try get back in the team, perform and get a few wins.

"Obviously Woodsy (goalkeeping coach Stevie Woods) is working us hard so it should be a big two years to come.

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"I was over the moon even just to make my debut. I got five games in the league and the Europa League and the cup final was unbelievable, something I will never forget."

Hazard admits he owes Woods a lot.

He said: "There have been a lot of goalkeeping coaches I have worked with at the club over the years, (like) Colin Meldrum and then moving up to Woodsy.

"Training has been unbelievable, you learn something new every day and you strive to be better and better.

"There is great camaraderie, Woodsy brings that quite a bit as well. Everyone wants the best for each other."

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