Celtic backed to pull off 'great coup' for Hart after Sky update
Alex McLeish has claimed Celtic could pull off a “great coup” by signing Joe Hart from Tottenham.
The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 34-year-old would be a good signing despite his lack of recent game time.
As reported by Sky Sports on Thursday (July 29th), Celtic have made an approach to sign Hart from Spurs.
It is said the shot-stopper has been deemed surplus to requirements following the arrival of Pierluigi Gollini on loan.
Celtic currently have Scott Bain and Vasilis Barkas as their senior goalkeeping options.
McLeish, who signed Hart as a 22-year-old on loan for Birmingham in 2009, admitted the keeper has had a “difficult” couple of years.
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However, he insisted the 75-cap international’s experience would make him an excellent signing for Celtic.
“Joe has had a difficult period over the last couple years or so,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“He lost his England place, then his Man City place. It’s been a bit of a fight to keep himself at the top level. I’ve got so much praise for Joe Hart because I had him on loan at Birmingham.
“He had a brilliant season, he was fantastic. It was early days when we saw he was punching everything instead of catching. He’s like three inches bigger than anybody else and he’s strong enough.
“The next game he catches the ball on the penalty spot and you can see the confidence soaring. He never looked back from then.
“I do believe it could be a great coup for Celtic to get Joe. He’s a very, very experienced goalkeeper as well.”
Hart played 10 times during his first season at Spurs, although not in any league games.
He has one year left on his contract in north London.