A class clip from a recent interview with Joe Hart has emerged on Celtic social media.
The Hoops goalkeeper has been a terrific presence ever since his arrival at the club in the summer of 2021. Hart has gone on to play a huge part on the pitch, helping the side to five domestic trophies in two seasons with the potential for more in his third.
But while his performances between the sticks are what he is most likely to be remembered for at Celtic, his off field persona is something that many supporters have taken to as well.
That was the subject of one question in a recent interview that seems to have gone under the radar. Back in early August, Hart sat down with Celtic TV commentator Paul Cuddihy for a ‘The Gorbals Drinks Co.’ video.
The clip from that interview was tweeted by Celtic fan @MeabhMcN on Wednesday morning. It was viewed more than 50,000 times within three hours with heaps of replies and quote tweets praising Hart.
The full interview can be viewed on ‘The Gorbals Drinks Co.’ YouTube channel. It has certainly gone under the radar up until this point, with less than 1,200 views at the time of writing.
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“Callum McGregor did say that you’re one of the nicest people he’s ever met in football,” Cuddihy said to the former England number one who looked to be quite moved.
“What a thing for someone to say, like Callum,” he replied.” That means everything. I’d love for people to think that I’m good in goal, but I appreciate that I’m good but I’m not that good.
“People are going to have good opinions, bad opinions. Moments where I’ve maybe let them down, moments where I’ve helped the team.
“But what you’ve just talked about there I can offer all the time, every day. It’s not an effort to do that, to engage with someone, to have an interest with someone, to stand up for someone, and it’s not an effort for someone to stand up for you.”
Very wholesome content as I’m sure some other people would say.
Replacing Hart as number one goalkeeper is something Celtic should and no doubt will be looking to do. The former Manchester City man will be 37 when his contract is due to expire next summer. That seems like a natural point for a parting of the ways with nothing lasting forever.
However, quotes like the above remind us that there’s more than just what fans see on a Saturday. Hart is a huge presence in the dressing room. You won’t find another Celtic player with more experience.
He is one of the loudest and most knowledgable voices. Replacing that part of things will be a tough ask. If this is to be his last season at the club, let’s hope we can go out with a domestic double and a strong European campaign.