Joe Hart "hearing all sorts of things" about Champions League nights at Celtic Park

By David Walton

May 23, 2022

Joe Hart has admitted that he’s “hearing all sorts of things” about UCL nights at Celtic Park as he admitted he can’t wait to experience it for himself.

Hart is one of a few in the Celtic squad who have already tasted Champions League football for themselves. However, all of his appearances in UEFA’s top competition have come with Manchester City.

Indeed, Joe has played 39 times in the competition for the Citizens, helping them to reach the semi-finals back in 2016 [Transfermarkt].

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But even he can’t wait to see what life in the Champions League is all about at Celtic Park next season. Hart has been speaking to Stan Sport about what playing in the competition means to him, and he certainly sounded excited as he said the following:

“I’m hearing all sorts of things about Champions League nights, almost that much that I thought it probably wasn’t going to live up to expectations. Yet everything I’ve seen has surpassed it, it’s gone miles past it. So I don’t want to even know what a Champions League night’s going to be like at Celtic Park.

“With Ange in charge, we’re not going to approach it like that [defensively]. We’re going to approach it the same as we would approach any game and that is to win.

“I can only talk about my past experiences – it’s the best competition that I’ve played in. It’s phenomenal. It brings so much excitement, so much energy to you.”

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Joe Hart’s UEFA Champions League performances will be crucial to Celtic Park success

Under previous regimes, we probably would’ve gone into the tournament this season quite happy just to be in there. Happy to be making up the numbers whilst we took our beatings just satisfied to be receiving the cash that came with it.

You don’t get the feeling this particular squad is into that mindset at all. It’s not how this manager rolls either. Ange Postecoglou will be flat-out demanding that we make a strong impact in the competition. He’ll be putting the foot down and will look to convince every member of his squad that they’re good enough to be winning games in the Champions League.

You also have a certain standard of player that just won’t accept anything less than success either. Hart is one of those. He’s experienced the semi-finals with Man City and arrived at Celtic with a winning mentality already ingrained within him. The mere thought of simply turning up and waving to the supporters whilst failing to pick up results would turn a player of his calibre’s stomach.

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But his performances are going to be absolutely crucial to any success we hope to attain in the competition, particularly at Celtic Park. One thing we know won’t happen is that sides will come to Celtic Park and struggle to create chances. Hart will have to be at his best to repel the opposition and show his ultimate level.

If he manages to shine, then it gives Celtic a platform to do some real damage in the competition. Whether qualification for the last-16 is beyond us remains to be seen. But there’s no reason for this squad not to be giving rival teams a bloody nose.

With the excitement that’s already generating ahead of next season, Ange won’t be allowing it to go down like a damp squib.

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