By Alex McLeish

11th Aug, 2021 | 6:00pm

Hart among Celtic stars handed 'enormous' boost - McLeish

Alex McLeish has claimed the Celtic defence will have gained “enormous confidence” from keeping their first clean sheet of the season against Dundee.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Hoops’ backline needed a shutout to regain some much-needed self-belief.

The Bhoys had conceded seven goals in four competitive games before keeping Dundee at bay in their 6-0 win.

Stephen Welsh was brought into the starting XI to partner Carl Starfelt, while Joe Hart made his second appearance for Celtic.

McLeish insisted defenders took a massive amount of confidence from keeping a clean sheet.

As such, he suggested the whole of the Hoops’ backline would be boosted heading into the upcoming games.

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McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “As a defender, we used to pride ourselves on coming in with a ‘nil’ next to the opposition’s name in the newspapers the next day.

“We took enormous confidence in doing that. Every time you got a shut-out you felt you were becoming invulnerable.

There was no way anybody was going to beat you. Undefeatable.

“That’s the type of confidence that defenders get out of these shutouts.

It’s great for defenders in front of a man between the sticks they can trust and really rely on.

“Should a mistake happen in front of them, which is inevitable, then it’s down to the goalkeeper.

Joe, I know he’s had difficult times in the latter years of his career, but I can only say good things about him.”

Celtic had conceded twice against Hearts, Midtjylland and Jablonec before the demolition of Dundee.

They head into Thursday’s second leg against Jablonec with a 4-2 lead on aggregate.

In other news, Frank McAvennie has revealed what Callum McGregor has told his Celtic teammates.