By Alan Hutton

14th Jun, 2022 | 1:46pm

Celtic backed to sign next Joe Hart after Sky update - 'I know him well' says ex-teammate

Alan Hutton has insisted Celtic could sign a long-term successor to Joe Hart in Benjamin Siegrist this summer.

The former Rangers defender an ex-teammate of the 30-year-old, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Dundee United shot-stopper has the physical and mental attributes to be a success at Parkhead.

Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph (10 June) claims Siegrist is in talks to join the Bhoys when his contract expires this summer.

Hutton trained and played with the shot-stopper during their days together at Aston Villa.

He suggested Siegrist would be able to step into Hart’s shoes after learning from the 35-year-old on the training ground.

“I know him well from playing with him at Aston Villa,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

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“He was only a young boy then and kind of stuck in a rut a little bit, where he wasn’t going to make the first team. The level he was playing at at Villa probably wasn’t good enough for him to progress. He did the right thing.

“He went out, he played, he got experience and I think since he’s come to the Scottish Prem with Dundee United he’s excelled, he’s shown his worth. Obviously, teams are sitting up and taking notice of him. He’s a big boy, he’s got a big frame and he’s a confident guy.

“I think you need those attributes if you’re going to play at a team like Celtic. I think obviously come in as a number two but looking to challenge the likes of Hart moving forward.

“Any player coming in, when you’ve got the experience of Joe Hart, you’d be a sponge around them. You just want to ask them everything. These are the kind of guys that will be able to help you out.

“They won’t be like: ‘You’re my competition, I’m not going to help you.’

“They would show him the ropes, show him exactly what’s needed to play at this high level. He’s been there, seen it and done it. Siegrist is a guy, I think, who would go in and learn off him but ultimately be looking to make the number one spot his own.”

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