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CELTIC HERO ON RIVALS’ WANTED LIST

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CELTIC’S Scottish Cup Final hero Connor Hazard is wanted by Premiership new boys Dundee.

The 22-year-old Northern Ireland international keeper made seven appearances for the Hoops last season after Neil Lennon handed him his debut in the 3-2 win over Lille in the Europa League Group game at Parkhead in December.

Hazard kept his place for the Hampden meeting with Hearts five days before Christmas and was the Hoops’ unlikely matchwinner with two plunging saves during the penalty-kick shoot-out after the dramatic Cup Final had finished all-square at 3-3 following extra-time.

The netminder agreed a two-year extension with the Parkhead side who failed to find a settled No.1 in a disappointing campaign with Vasilis Barkas failing to live up to his £4.5million tag after arriving from AEK Athens while Scott Bain wasn’t overly-impressive in his outings.

Dens Park gaffer James McPake, who had the shotstopper at the Tayside outfit on loan during the 2019/20 term, is looking to take him back on another temporary loan, sccording to a report in the Daily Record.

New boss Ange Postecoglou has been linked with his former Australian international keeper Matt Ryan, who is poised to quit Brighton after spending last year at Arsenal.

That could open the way for Hazard getting some much-needed game-time at Dundee.

Meanwhile, Dens goalkeeping coach Bobby Geddes has left the club at the end of his contract.

Geddes, who served the club for 26 years as a player and coach, is a part of the club’s Hall of Fame.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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