By Noel Whelan

20th Sep, 2021 | 10:00am

Whelan: Celtic have found their new Scott Brown amid 'massive dressing room' verdict

Noel Whelan insists Celtic have found their new Scott Brown in Joe Hart.

The former Aberdeen hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims the former Tottenham stopper is a “massive” voice in the Hoops dressing room.

Ange Postecoglou named Hart as his captain for Celtic’s recent games against Real Betis and Livingston.

This came as Callum McGregor missed both games through injury.

Hart hasn’t missed a game for Celtic since his debut and has kept five clean sheets in 11 outings.

He was sent out to face the press after the Hoops lost 1-0 to Livingston and offered an apology to the travelling faithful.

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Brown left the club to become player/coach at Aberdeen after 14 years.

Whelan insists Hart is filling the void left by the former Hoops captain.

“He came in for his experience and what he’s done in the game,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“That is why he is there, to be that leader on the pitch. You can’t question or complain about that decision.

“Look at what he’s done is his career. He was that voice in the dressing room and if those younger players will listen to anyone, it’s him. He’s a leader.

“He is massive in the dressing room. I think they have missed that character since Scott Brown left.

“Brown had bags of experience and was the beating heart of that Celtic team. It looks like Hart is now taking that role, someone had to.

“I’m sure no one grumbled or complained over the decision to name Hart as captain. You don’t have to have been at a club for years to inspire people.”

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