Hutton hails 'brilliant signing' at Celtic amid 'huge' Hart claim
Joe Hart has had a “huge” impact at Celtic and looks a “brilliant signing” for Ange Postecoglou, according to Alan Hutton.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Rangers defender insisted the 34-year-old had finally managed to fill Fraser Forster’s gloves at Parkhead.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Hart admitted he “loves” life at Celtic after a couple of difficult years.
He has played a major role in helping Ange Postecoglou implement his own style at Celtic, with the Australian manager wanting to play out from the back.
Hart attempted 43 passes against Aberdeen on Sunday (WhoScored), more than Lial Abada, Jota and Kyogo Furuhashi and only three fewer than Nir Bitton in midfield.
He has the joint-fifth highest pass success percentage (89.5%) in the Scottish Premiership, averaging 34.1 passes per game.
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Hutton admitted he would rather see the ball being moved around by the outfield stars.
However, he heralded Hart’s impact at the back for the Bhoys.
“He’s been huge, hasn’t he?” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“I mean, don’t get me wrong, I don’t really want my goalkeeper having the biggest passing stats. I’d rather it further up the pitch than in front of my own goal.
“He brings a wealth of experience. He’s been there, done it, bought the t-shirt.
“Yes, he’s had a difficult couple of seasons not playing but I think when you are the main man, you’re playing week in, week out, one of the first names on the team sheet, it gives you confidence.
“He’s a fantastic goalkeeper, we see that with some of the saves that he makes. He’s still got it, he’s got a lot to give and he’s relatively young for a goalkeeper.
“It was a position Celtic struggled to fill since Fraser Forster left. He’s come in and really calmed that back four down.
“As a defender, when you turn around and see him in goal, it gives you confidence. I think he’s been a brilliant signing and played to a real high standard.”