Conor Hazard sounds happy to leave Celtic with a loan to Finnish champion HJK Helsinki.
In the praise of the movement Hoops boss Ange PostecoglouThe 23-year-old player from the Northern Ireland national team has signed a one-year loan agreement with Helsinki. The Finnish club is chasing its third consecutive championship and expects Celtic’s talent from Hazard for international experience between the clubs.
Hazard’s path to the home team has been blocked since he became the hero of the Scottish Cup final. Scott Bain has signed a new deal, Joe Hart has been motionless since joining in the summer, and Tobi Oluwayemi seems to be the new third choice.
Meanwhile, Vasilis Barkas, who was replaced by Hazard on the home team last year, is likely to move forward.
However, Hazard is excited about the opportunity he has in Finland. Hazard said on the HJK Helsinki website from Celtic after signing the loan agreement [HJK]: “Great to be here.
“I can’t wait to get started. When I first heard about the transfer, I learned that Helsinki is a beautiful place to live and that HJK Helsinki is Finland’s biggest club.
“This is a great opportunity for me to show off my skills.
“It is an honor to be in such great company. The club has tough goals for this year.
Celtic has played blindly with Conor Hazard’s loan to Helsinki
All in all, this is a good business. Primarily because Conor Hazard seems to be happy with it.
He could have been raised to another Scottish club. However, he has been there and done so after spending loans with Dundee, Partick Thistle and Falkirk. Do you spend time in a completely different football culture where titles are expected? It will certainly speed up his progress.
Celtic has made some really great loan transfers this winter. Sending Liam Shaw to Motherwell makes perfect sense, as ‘Well you need a little steepness and traction in midfield. Ewan Henderson to Hibernian was a great move for all parties as his contract was coming to an end.
The conclusion of agreements on the development of Adam Montgomery and Osaze Urhoghide is certainly the next step. So also sending high-income people like Vasilis Barkas and Boli Bolingol who just don’t see playing time.
This is certainly not a movement that fans could have predicted for Conor Hazard. However, it is fascinating to keep up with Celtic’s goalkeepers as he tries to help HJK Helsinki secure his third consecutive championship.
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