Everton manager Frank Lampard has lavished praise on Celtic number one Joe Hart.
The Hoops faced off against the Toffees in Sydney on Sunday, with the Scottish champions losing on penalties in the friendly, but Lampard took time out to pay tribute to Hart, stating he even tried to sign him when he was in charge of Chelsea:
“I’m delighted for him. When I was at Chelsea I wanted to bring him in as no.2 as such because I thought his professionalism and ability would rub off on the players. It would have been a good thing for the group. I understand how he’s done so well at Celtic. He’s a top class goalkeeper and a top class lad. I’m pleased to see him doing well.”
Hart left Burnley on a free transfer in 2020, and that is likely when Lampard considered going after the ex-Manchester City player. The keeper ultimately ended up at Tottenham instead before he was sold to Celtic last summer.
As Lampard points out, Hart’s experience is invaluable and Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has praised the former England international’s influence in the dressing room.
There has been some debate among supporters about whether the Hoops should consider bringing in a younger replacement for the 35-year-old, but it’s clear that he plays a vital role as a senior member of the first-team squad.