Joe Hart thanks Celtic fans on Instagram after "crazy few days" and European debut

By Euan Davidson

August 6, 2021

Joe Hart shared a message to Celtic supporters on Instagram after his debut for the Bhoys, a 4-2 win over FK Jablonec.

Hart, who was unlucky to concede twice on a victorious away trip for the Hoops, claimed he was a bit rusty. However, the vocal, commanding ex-Manchester City ‘keeper provided some much-needed leadership from between the sticks.

Particularly unlucky with Jablonec’s second goal, a shot which took a deflection and looped over his head, Hart will have better days in a Celtic jersey. But this wasn’t a particularly bad one, and fans seem impressed with the Englishman so far.

Hart, for his part, said to his Instagram followers:

“Delighted, honoured , proud , to name but a few of the feelings I felt tonight making my @celticfc debut. It’s been a crazy few days but it’s all been worth it.

“Thank you for the welcome to your special club, I promise the rust will wear off soon and we can push on together. Well done to the team tonight … on to Sunday now.”

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Joe Hart, sounding determined on Instagram, will surely grow into Celtic jersey after frantic debut

Considering the lack of experience in front of him, or indeed a lack of quality, it’s important to remember that Hart will boast better performances for the Bhoys.

It’s not like he was bad, either. Manager Ange Postecoglou was encouraged by what he saw, while sounding almost apologetic for having to throw the 75-cap Englishman in at the deep end just days after signing.

The willingness Hart has shown already will surely hearten Celtic fans. Postecoglou has said that the goalkeeper practically insisted on being included last night. That bodes well for the future, if you ask us.

At 34, Hart still has plenty to prove, and he looks, sounds and acts determined to make the number 1 jersey his for the next two years at least. You sense the Celtic manager loves an underdog story. Playing a part in Hart’s road to redemption would satisfy the boss to no end.

The two-time Premier League winner could well have rested on his laurels at 34. He could’ve picked up a decent wage warming a Premier League bench.

Instead, he’s come to us at a crucial time. That deserves plaudits. Soon, his performances will, too.

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