Joe Hart tells Micah Richards about class Celtic dressing room moment and why he joined Bhoys
Joe Hart has been speaking to former teammate Micah Richards about his decision to join Celtic and his first experiences at the club.
From a neutral’s perspective, one of the big talking points, when he joined the Bhoys, was being a teammate of striker and former foe Leigh Griffiths.
Griffiths famously banged in two free-kicks past Hart as a Scotland player against England at Hampden. It’s something Hart has become notorious for up here, being on the receiving end of that.
So when he first walked into the Celtic dressing room, it naturally came up as a topic. But it’s all been taken in good fun.
Hart has also explained why Celtic was irresistible to him as a career move.
As quoted by The Daily Mail, Hart said: “The first day I walked in, I could see Leigh Griffiths looking at me in the dressing room. One of the lads said to me: ‘Leigh’s got a bomb on him, you know?’ There was a bit of silence.
“I just said: ‘Yes… yes, I know!’ and they all started hooting! It’s been brilliant, really.
“I thought about the size of Celtic, that legendary home support and I thought: ‘Yeah! I have got to do that!’ I’ve done the Premier League. I wanted to go and take this on.”
“I told the people who mattered to make it happen, Celtic did the best they could for me, which I really appreciated, and before I knew it I was on a plane to the Czech Republic to meet them. I’m looking forward to the future.”
Hart has already become a big presence at Celtic. You can see his leadership and personality on the pitch before, during and after matches.
Yes, he made a big mistake on Thursday night, but he also made two fantastic saves to prevent more AZ Alkmaar goals.
It looks like he’ll become a key player at Celtic this season, even if some still have doubts about his distribution under pressure.
More than anything, it’s clear that Ange Postecoglou values him greatly. He’s the solid number one and will likely be needed if we’re to get anything at Ibrox tomorrow.