ANGE POSTECOGLOU named Callum McGregor as the new Celtic captain after Scott Brown’s summer exit.
But the Hoops boss may have also found another leader in summer signing Joe Hart, according to pundit Noel Whelan.
The former Livingston and Aberdeen striker claimed Hart could be the new Scott Brown figure at Celtic after his actions in the aftermath of the 1-0 loss to Livi.
Hart apologised to the Celtic support, who packed out stands at the Tony Macaroni, as he spoke to the media after the match.
Captaining the side in the absence of injured McGregor, Hart made sure to thank the fans for their support despite the disappointing loss.
And Whelan reckons Hart can be the leader on the pitch for Celtic and take the place as an experienced player to help the younger players and fill the void left by Brown.
“He came in for his experience and what he’s done in the game”, Whelan told Football Insider.
“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.”