How Celtic man Joe Hart reacted to praise from teammates after vital Hibs saves

By Euan Davidson

October 29, 2021

Callum McGregor has revealed how Joe Hart reacted to praise during the win for Celtic over Hibernian on Wednesday night.

Hart made two vital saves, showcasing his fantastic shot-stopping and reflexes yet again. Arguably the most crucial signing of the transfer window, Hart’s abilities have been in question for a few years, but it’s obvious he still has immense talent between the sticks.

Yet, when he made those monumental saves against Hibs, he wasn’t interested in any praise. Instead, Hart’s reactions off the pitch show the class of the man.

A leader and an excellent vice-captain to Callum McGregor, Hart has been a key influence in Ange Postecoglou’s dressing room. The oldest of a comparatively young squad, the former England goalkeeper has been a huge influence on his team-mates.

Callum McGregor said [Sun]:

“Joe’s been first-class. At massive moments in the game he made two brilliant saves.

“Every single player congratulated him but Joe just said, “That’s my job. I’ve got to keep the ball out of the net”.

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“It shows how humble he is, too, which is brilliant. In those moments, you need big saves — and he’s been first-class at that.

“The standards he sets every day for the younger lads to follow is great. The importance of that can’t be overlooked.”

It’s hard not to be impressed by Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart

Being proven wrong is one of the best things about football, sometimes.

It can’t have just been me who worried about Hart’s fit. Whether he still had the ability, whether he could distribute it in the way Ange Postecoglou would want. Perhaps more importantly, the worry that Hart wouldn’t buy into what Celtic were trying to achieve. These were all relatively reasonable concerns before he signed.

What rubbish, right enough. Hart has exemplified the spirit of this team. A captain in Callum McGregor’s injury absence, he’s bought 100% into what Postecoglou wants to do.

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Not only that, he seems immensely proud to represent Celtic. He seems to buzz off the support, and the badge. You can’t really buy that quality.

So to hear that he’s giving out the “just doing my job” patter? It’s excellent stuff. He’d be quite entitled to lap up the praise from his team-mates, especially given his heroics on Wednesday night.

But no; instead, we’ve got a goalkeeper who’s obsessed with stopping the opposition and winning games of football for Celtic.

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