Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has praised the impact that Joe Hart has had since his £1m move from Tottenham in the summer
While the former England international has not been faultless, Sutton believes he has been a massive improvement on the Hoops’ two other first-team keepers, Vasilis Barkas and Scott Bain:
“I think he’s done really really well. What he had strongly in his favour was Barkas and Bain have just been so poor in the Celtic goal and it was a low bar. But he’s come in and it’s been a massive boost. Now there have been a couple of errors like at the weekend against Dundee. But I think that he’s brought a calmness and an authority at the back.”
“You watched Celtic and with the greatest of respect to Barkas and Bain, everytime they were in goal you thought Celtic are going to concede the goal. I don’’t feel the same with Joe Hart and I think that’s an enormous deal… as a whole, I think he’s been an enormous signing and a massive plus for Celtic.”
It is fair to say that Hart still hasn’t been able to recapture the form that made him Manchester City and England number one, as we saw with his mistake against Dundee last weekend.
However, he has already become a leader in the dressing room, taking some of the pressure off Callum McGregor, which is extremely important following the departure of Scott Brown.
Hart is also a great communicator and his authoritative voice has undoubtedly helped to organise a defence, which has undergone a number of changes this season.
Considering the amount that Celtic paid Spurs for Hart, it looks like a bargain, and it will be hoped that the 34-year-old can keep up this level for the rest of the campaign.