"I feel it"; New Bhoy Joe Hart is ready for Celtic Euro test

By Euan Davidson

August 4, 2021

New Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart says he’s ready to compete for the Bhoys immediately.

Hart, who underwent his first press conference with 67 Hail Hail and assorted fan media earlier today, spoke with maturity and confidence. Admittedly, you wouldn’t expect someone who’s won 75 caps to be a wallflower. However, his comments will give huge encouragement to supporters.

The former Manchester City, Torino and Tottenham Hotspur stopper signed for Celtic yesterday. The Bhoys carried out a rare double-signing, landing James McCarthy simultaneously.

Both moves have captured the imagination of the supporters. Hart could be in contention to start tomorrow night, while McCarthy will meet his new teammates when they return to Glasgow.

Asked whether he was available and fit to start against FK Jablonec, a game for which he travelled with the squad, Hart told Celts Are Here:

“We’ve got some good keepers here, that are already here before me. [Ange Postecoglou] has gave me the impression that he likes me as a goalkeeper. He’s interested to see what I can bring off the field, as well.

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“So I’m sure if I can come bring my level both on and off the field, I’m going to give myself the best opportunity to play.

“In terms of being ready, I feel it. I feel it. I felt good in all training sessions so far, feel physically good. But I think the proof will be in the pudding of when I get those first minutes, and then we’ll see.”

Celtic fans will be delighted to hear that Joe Hart is ready

Joe Hart arrives at Celtic at a very interesting time. His career since leaving Manchester City has been a story of diminishing returns, while Celtic sorely need experience and a vocal presence at the back.

So, both parties have something to prove. That’s a running theme of this Celtic squad; our manager is trying to prove doubters wrong, plenty of the players need a big campaign to revive some confidence, and now we have a former Champions League goalkeeper who wants to restore his once-stellar reputation.

Playing with that chip on the shoulder is probably a good thing. It’s a far cry from the complacency and lack of direction seen last season. There seemed to be an atmosphere of expectation last campaign, when history could and should’ve been made.

Hart has plenty to prove, but he’s saying all the right things so far. The fact that he’s immediately ready, after a decent pre-season with Spurs, only bodes well for the Bhoys.

In other news: Who we think will start against FK Jablonec