Joe Hart reacts to being Celtic captain on Instagram

By Euan Davidson

September 17, 2021

Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart has described his pride at being named captain against Real Betis on Instagram.

Hart was unfortunate to concede 4 in a breathless night of action at the Estadio Benito Villamarin.

Praised by his former manager Manuel Pellegrini after the game, Hart made 4 key saves as both sides attacked relentlessly in Seville.

Given the armband in the absence of Callum McGregor, Hart has immediately become a fan favourite.

Providing some of the charisma and vocal leadership left by Scott Brown, his reaction saves and demeanour have identified him as a leader from the off.

On his Instagram story, Hart said:

Real Betis 4-3 Celtic | LIVE Reaction

Real Betis 4-3 Celtic | LIVE Reaction

“Very proud to captain this special club tonight. Tough result but we will improve and keep moving forward together.”

Signed from Tottenham Hotspur after a few difficult seasons, Hart has enjoyed communicating with the Celtic supporters.

What’s more, the feeling is mutual, with supporters roaring in appreciation when he makes lightning-fast, vital saves.

The keeper who replaced him at Manchester City, Claudio Bravo, didn’t fare much better than Hart on the night. 7 goals were scored in an absolute humdinger of a game, with defence being left in both dressing rooms.

The obvious candidate for captaincy in McGregor’s absence, Postecoglou said of Hart pre-match:

“One of the reasons I brought him in is because he is a fantastic character and has a great experience.

“It’s handy to have him here at the moment because of course with Cal missing we’re missing an important part of our structure on and off the field but I’m sure Joe will handle it well.”

A big night for Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart, memorialised on Instagram

We know Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart likes an Instagram post. It’s one of the few good things about social media in football, really. Right after a game, you can see where a player’s head is at. That’s insightful.

And despite conceding 4, Hart doesn’t need to be disappointed with himself. Sometimes, there are just games where the goals fly in.

When he could save the ball from going in, he dove with excellent reactions, was generally sound with set-pieces, and served the club well, wearing the armband.

Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images

Certainly, he’s very quickly earned the trust of who matters most. The supporters are backing him to the hilt, his manager believes in him, and his fellow players respect him.

For a 34-year-old looking to regain a close bond with a club and revitalise his career, you couldn’t ask for much more.

Hart will have more glorious nights in a Celtic top. That seems nailed-on.

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