Celtic star Joe Hart takes part in Manchester City documentary; revisits special moment
Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart has taken part in a new documentary filmed by Manchester City as they reflect on their 2011/12 title win under Roberto Mancini.
Hart was a stalwart for City in that campaign as he managed to make 45 appearances en route to an iconic final day win against QPR.
Sergio Aguero’s famous 94th-minute winner won’t ever be forgotten with City scoring twice in the final few minutes to take the title from United. And for Hart, it was his first ever league championship success before doing it again 2 years later.
City have published some of their interview with the Celtic star on their website this afternoon, as Hart reflected on perhaps the most important day of his career.
“It was quite sad, and I remember saying to myself, ‘So this is how it finishes? This is your input in the year that we might never win it’. After having nothing to do in the first-half to literally having to fish the ball out of the net twice in the second-half with the stadium becoming deathly silent behind me.
“I became a bystander to what was about to unfold. The last 10 to 15 minutes of normal time were just sheer frustration. I was as helpless as the City fans in the crowd. Emotionally, I wasn’t there. I don’t mean it mentally scarred me, but I just wasn’t able to take it all in. I was happy, excited and the champagne was flowing because we’d just won the Premier League, but stuff passed me really quickly, but what can you do?
“Being part of that emotion… that madness. I’m just glad I was on the right side of it! It was class. I look back at pictures of that moment with great pride and it was just a really fun time to be alive.”
The moment Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart became a Manchester City icon
Hart, as we all know, had an incredible length of time as Man City’s number one. He managed to secure just under 350 appearances for the Etihad side and produced plenty of incredible saves within that period [Transfermarkt].
It was his form with the once-more EPL champions that led to him becoming England number 1 and becoming one of the household names of English football. In truth, it’s his time at City that made him such a huge name and probably partly why even today’s Celtic players still have so much trust in him.
Since leaving after the arrival of Pep Guardiola, Hart had struggled to find a home. Spells with the likes of Burnley, Torino, West Ham, and Tottenham Hotspur didn’t bear any real fruit for him.
Celtic have been able to give him back his enjoyment in football once again. Ange Postecoglou has placed all of his faith and love in him to be his number one despite the fact it’s taken him time to adapt to his system. That’s exactly the kind of backing the Englishman needed.
Now, he’s smiling once again as he looks ahead to a UCL campaign that could easily see him face off against his former club in the group stages. What an intriguing battle that would be to say the least.
But he’ll always be synonymous with that special title-win of 2012 as City mark 10 years since their famous triumph.