Alan Hutton has claimed that pundits and critics were too quick to judge the quality of Diego Laxalt at Celtic.
The former Rangers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has lauded the 27-year-old for his recent form and insisted he was unfairly criticised for his debut against Rangers.
The Uruguay international, who is on loan from AC Milan, was thrown into the deep end by Neil Lennon as he started the 2-0 defeat to Rangers just days after joining the Bhoys.
He has started all four games of the new campaign, as well as Sunday’s rearranged Scottish Cup semi-final from last term against Aberdeen.
With five games under his belt in total, Hutton has suggested that onlookers were “very harsh” to judge the defender so early.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I think he’s settling in really well, people judged him off the Rangers game which, remember, was his very first game, which I thought was very harsh.
“To be thrown into an Old Firm game and he hadn’t played a lot of football, I wasn’t one of those that judged him on that. There were a lot of pundits out there that kind of came for him after that game which I thought was really unfair.
“He’s now settled in, he’s played a number of games, he’s looking fit, he can get up and down the line, he’s clever on the ball, he plays one-twos, he passes and moves – we’re seeing a very good player.
“He’s played at a very high level so there’s no wonder Neil Lennon wanted him in. Yes, it was a little bit of a surprise, no one really knew of him but I think we’re seeing his quality now he’s settled in after a few games.”
Laxalt, who has 24 international caps under his belt, has kept Greg Taylor our of the starting XI since his arrival.
In other Celtic news, Football Insider has revealed how much it will cost to buy Laxalt permanently.