Dundee manager James McPake is hoping Jack Hamilton is back sooner rather than later despite the presence of Conor Hazard.

Hamilton has missed the last six weeks after a bout of appendicitis and Hazard has stepped in from Celtic on an emergency basis.

Hazard’s been the Dee number one recently following a move from Celtic. (Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Whilst he has filled in well for the injury-hit number one, Dens Park boss McPake says that he wants Hamilton back ASAP.

He told the Evening Telegraph (page 36, 28/11/19): “Jack Hamilton is getting better. He does a bit of recovery and then you assess him and hope there’s no reaction.

“Conor Hazard has done well but I still want Jack back. I think when we were really strong defensively Jack was a big part of that, although Conor has done great as well.

Hamilton will likely replace Hazard at Dundee upon his return. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

“You want a full squad available to you.”

Hamilton will replace Hazard when fit judging McPake’s comments

It seems clear that Hazard will make way for Hamilton once the Dee number one is fit. It is only an emergency loan deal, but perhaps Hazard’s could have been extended in January had he impressed enough.

It sounds like he has caught McPake’s eye although not enough seemingly to convince him he can become Dundee’s number one. Hamilton looks likely to return once fully fit.

Likely to come straight back in. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

So far this term he’s played nine times, keeping three clean sheets, Hazard meanwhile has played five matches, keeping the solitary clean sheet.

It’s easy to see though who McPake views as Dundee’s number one though.

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