CELTIC keeper Conor Hazard is a shock target for English League One outfit Accrington Stanley.

The 22-year-old Northern Ireland international has yet to make his competitive debut for the Hoops, despite joining the club from Cliftonville in 2017.

Hazard has been on loan FOUR times during that period to Falkirk, Partick Thistle and Dundee, on two separate occasions.

He is currently third in the pecking order in Neil Lennon’s squad with Greek No.1 Vasilis Barkas arriving in a £4.5million switch from AEK Athens and Scott Bain already ahead of him in the battle for the gloves.

The Parkhead men are reported to be looking for another to strengthen the last line of defence that had Fraser Forster, Craig Gordon and Bain in a three-way fight last term.

Ex-Hoops netminder David Marshall has also been linked with a return while the club held talks with one-time England star shotstopper Joe Hart last month after he became a free agent at the end of his contract at Burnley.

Now Stanley are prepared to see if the champions will allow Hazard to leave for FREE, according to a report in the Scottish Sun on Sunday.

That is unlikely to be welcomed by any great enthusiasm by Celtic unless there is the guarantee of a massive sell-on fee.

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