Joe Hart showing with words and actions that he's committed to Celtic cause

By Euan Davidson

August 5, 2021

New Bhoy Joe Hart is absolutely desperate to get going for Celtic.

Ange Postecoglou said himself that the four-time Premier League Golden Gloves winner demanded to be involved in Celtic’s clash with FK Jablonec this afternoon.

The former Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Torino ‘keeper had the option of staying in Glasgow to build up fitness. Instead, he’s been heavily included in the club’s build-up to today’s game.

Celtic boss Postecoglou told the Sun:

“[Joe’s] been training well with his club and he was also really keen to come in straight away.

“I gave him a little bit of an option that he could stay back in Glasgow.

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“But Joe made it pretty clear he wanted to come across and join in training immediately.

“I believe I have an exceptional player and an exceptional person.

“He was really excited about the prospect of signing for Celtic, which is important to me.

“He wants to prove to people he can still play at the highest level.”

There’s a strong chance Hart will get to make his Celtic bow in what has become an extremely important game for the Bhoys. In front of the BBC cameras, the former England keeper could well start.

The form of Scott Bain and Vasilis Barkas has been far from encouraging. For Hart, though, a strong performance would be the ideal springboard for a successful stay in Scotland.

Joe Hart isn’t just talking the talk, he’s showing commitment to Celtic already

You could be forgiven for being a tad cynical about Joe Hart in 2021. After all, it’s been a long time since he was a first-choice goalkeeper. Having bounced around the Premier League, to a degree, he now finds himself addressing a key need for Celtic.

It’s all fine and well arriving as a big-name player and saying the right stuff. Actions count for much more, and the maturity and enthusiasm Hart is showing exemplify why Postecoglou brought Hart in.

There’s an easy narrative to paint about former Premier League players joining Scottish clubs. That they think they’ll adapt easily, walk the league and do interviews with shock jocks afterwards to say how easy it was. Certainly, the Scottish Premiership’s history is littered with players who seemingly had that attitude, before failing dismally.

Hart, however, is showing that he’s bought into what Celtic represent, and what our new manager demands from his players. He’s not just coasting on his reputation, he’s putting the work in.

Call it reactive to say, but that stuff rubs off on other players. Postecoglou’s impressed, and why wouldn’t he be?

In other news: Celtic transfer action is winning plaudits around the top-flight