Joe Hart gives his perspective on Celtic style and big European win
You’ve really got to love Joe Hart for the way he’s adapted to life at Celtic.
The assumptions were there; he’d had a bad few years. He was a big-time Charlie, suited to big wages in the Premier League. Maybe, even, he was looking for a last pay-day without ever really getting Celtic.
Foolish in hindsight, because the former England goalkeeper just absolutely understands what it means to be here.
Nabbing a second consecutive clean sheet, Hart wasn’t flashy. But he was commanding, and a constant thorn in the side of Ferencvaros. Celtic needed to get through a European game without conceding, and this was the day.
Speaking to Celtic TV after the game, Hart said [Celtic FC]:
“We’ve performed really well in Europe, as a footballing team, maybe not results-wise, which is the most frustrating thing. But I think a special shout-out goes to a 3.30 kick-off on a Tuesday afternoon, to have this place full.
“We could only win, otherwise we’d have really let the people down.
“Tough game, and we’re building on a few results at the moment, we want to keep going. We know we’re going to have to go [to Hungary] and perform.
“I feel like we’re quite consistent in how we perform. It’s pretty obvious that we’re going to play, I think we just were better at it. We’re better at retaining the ball, I think we’re better positionally.
“We’re going to lose the ball with the way we play. But we were ready to hoover it up and get back on with it again.”
Joe Hart continues to be a class act for Celtic, another clean sheet is justly deserved
You could name a few candidates if you asked which of the Celtic squad has bought most into Postecoglou’s tactics and attitude.
Kyogo? Sure. Callum McGregor? A worthy shout. Anthony Ralston? More than most.
But if there was a list of something so difficult to quantify, Joe Hart would surely be near the top. He sounds utterly delighted to be working with Ange Postecoglou. In many respects, too, he even speaks a bit like a coach.
At 34, you’d expect there to be maturity, but it’s not a given. Hart has it in spades, and he’s proving himself to be such an excellent contributor for Celtic.
Understanding the sacrifices made by the fans to fill up Celtic Park on a Tuesday afternoon was noteworthy. As were his sentiments about performance, which mirror Postecoglou so vividly that you had to remember it wasn’t the manager speaking.
Hart sounded ready to kick off for another 90 minutes. That’s the exact hunger you need from your first-choice goalkeeper. But when the final whistle sounded, and Celtic were 2 goals up with no reply, the clean sheet was a just reward for his efforts.
What a signing.