Joe Hart delivers top-class Celtic review on live radio
Joe Hart has given his own review on life at Celtic as he gets set to finalise the first half of his maiden campaign in Glasgow.
Hart arrived in August with a mammoth reputation. This comes after being an EPL-winning number 1 with Manchester City and as an experienced former England international.
There were plenty of reservations regarding whether he could step up to the task in Scotland however. This was due to the fact he hadn’t played regular football with Burnley or Spurs in recent years respectively.
But after bagging his first trophy in the League Cup on Sunday, Hart’s doubters have certainly all been won over. And speaking on TalkSPORT this afternoon [22/12, 12:38], it’s clear he’s also struck up a real affinity with his new club too.
“When I did my research on the club, the common message was that you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into until you’re up there. And it’s so true. I don’t say that because I want to impress anyone.
“I’m not particularly bothered whether people believe me or not because it’s something you have to experience mate. And when you do, like my friends and family have, it’s special. It’s a great place to be and I’m enjoying it.”
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Joe Hart has no Celtic doubters anymore as love-affair is formed
You won’t find a single Celtic supporter going that believes Hart isn’t a major improvement on our options from last season. How much more confident are you in your number 1 now compared to when Vasilis Barkas or Scott Bain was between the sticks?
Hart again came up big for the club in the cup final too. He made a massive 1-v-1 stop from Kevin Nisbet when the score was tied at 1-1 midway through the second half. The former England stopper then denied Joe Newell in added time with another smart stop. He more than earned his medal on that memorable Hampden occasion.
The experienced veteran has already played 30 times for the club. An incredible haul in what’s only the first half of our campaign. Throughout that period, Hart has racked up 14 shutouts. Not bad considering we’re talking about a totally new squad here [Transfermarkt].
It’s also worth mentioning that Hart is only 34. Any idea of him only sticking around for a reason or 2 looks extremely pessemistic. If Hart wants to stay for the long-term, we could easily be looking at our first-choice goalkeeper for the next 4 or 5 years.
It’s clear Joe is absolutely loving it and that’s key. He never fails to mention how great things are going at Parkhead and he explains it in a way that makes supporters know it’s genuine.
Hopefully, his debut season in Scotland ends up a highly-successful one. The early signs couldn’t be more promising.