By Alan Hutton

20th May, 2020 | 3:00pm

'I'd be the exact same...' - Celtic Exclusive: Hutton reacts to Christie's BBC claim

Alan Hutton admits that he would feel the same way as Celtic star Ryan Christie after he revealed his “relief” at the Premiership season being cut short.

The former Rangers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that the health of footballers must come before trying to get the season underway amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club, Christie revealed he was relieved not to be back playing, insisting the Hoops were “lucky” the decision was taken out of their hands.

The SPFL issued a statement on Monday that the 2019/20 Premiership season would be ended with immediate effect, confirming that the Hoops had been crowned champions and Hearts relegated.

Hutton says he completely agrees with the verdict of the Bhoys’ attacking star, revealing he would feel exactly the same if he was still playing.

Hutton told Football Insider: “I think the relief is in the case of their health-wise, a lot of people have come out recently and spoke about the worries they have about Project Restart down south.

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“I’ve always said that health comes first, I understand football’s a business and they need to get things moving but you can’t have it at the expense at somebody’s health so I do get what he’s saying.

“It takes that out the equation now. In relative terms there’s not a rush to get back in (to training). They can go back in threes and fours to build their fitness up and prepare for next season.

“I’d be the exact same if I was him – my health and family would come first and football second. I think the bigger picture is it’s the best decision for everybody involved – aside from Hearts, because they’re not happy.” 

Speaking to the BBC after the Hoops were awarded the title, Christie said: “There’s definitely a relief at not having to play the games. Watching the games [in Germany] it’s very strange watching it without fans and it looks like a training set-up.

“These are unprecedented times and we’re lucky that the decision has been taken out of our hands.”

In other Celtic news, it can be revealed the club are to pull out all the stops to sign a Premier League giant this summer.