James McPake has praised Conor Hazard following his switch from Celtic to Dundee.
The Northern Irishman is at Dens Park on an emergency basis following injury to number one stopper Jack Hamilton.
McPake is delighted with the young stopper and says he hasn’t really put a foot wrong since his Tayside arrival.
He told the Evening Telegraph: “He’s been good ever since he came in. He’s a young goalkeeper but he’s got experience of this league and also international experience. We were never worried with that and he made a great save at 2-0 in the derby.
“Conor’s deal is a seven-day thing we need to extend every seven days, that’s just the rules of it. We’ll extend it this week and then again because Jack’s not going to be ready for Inverness.
“We’ve no issue with Conor and he’s been really good. He’s come in and integrated really well with the squad, which is great.”
Hazard is impressing Dundee boss McPake
Since his arrival, with a derby defeat to Dundee United aside, Hazard has played his part in an upturn in Dee form. In the four games he’s played in, Dundee have won three times.
Whilst not overly busy in any of these games, Hazard has applied himself well when he’s had to. The 21-year-old has displayed good handling, decent distribution and the ability to pull off a smart save.
With the January window fast approaching, it’ll be interesting to see whether McPake turns Hazard’s loan deal into one that lasts until the end of the season.
He’s certainly impressing his adopted boss as the Dens Park club’s bid for a swift return to the Premiership continues.