Conor Hazard has spoke about why he has opted for Dundee once again after making a loan move from Celtic.
The Celtic prospect will remain at Dens Park until the end of the season. Since making the move in January, Hazard has played for James McPake’s side twice, keeping one clean sheet.
Speaking to Dundee’s website, the Northern Irish youth international says he appreciated manager McPake giving him a ring to move back to Tayside temporarily.
“My first spell here was brilliant,” said Hazard. “Really enjoyed it and I’m delighted to be back. It was good of the gaffer to give me the call. It’s my third spell in the Championship after Falkirk and Partick Thistle but it’s a different environment as going in there we were fighting relegation.
“Now we are chasing promotion so it’s a different type of pressure but it’s a better pressure to be involved in. The fans here are very demanding but that is to be expecting because it’s a very big club.
“This club expects to win week in week out. Things don’t go to plan every week but the majority of the time we should be coming out on top, with the way we play and the way the gaffer wants us to play and the pressure from the fans.”
Guess who’s back
This isn’t the first time Hazard has been on loan at Dens from Celtic Park this season. He was brought in on an emergency basis for five games whilst Jack Hamilton recovered from an appendix operation.
McPake was clearly impressed by the young stopper and has opted to bring him back for the Championship play-off chase. The Dee sit a point outside the top four.
Their next match is a trip to face Queen of the South. A win in this fixture will see them move back into the top four as third and fourth place sides Arbroath and Ayr United face off elsewhere in Championship action.
Hazard has replaced Hamilton as Dee number one in recent weeks. It’ll be interesting to see if he keeps that position in what will be a crucial stage in the season for his adopted club.