Manchester City brilliantly highlight Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart on Instagram today

By David Walton

October 14, 2021

Manchester City have provided a class throwback post of Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart this afternoon as they highlighted his success at the Etihad.

It was 15 years ago today in which Hart made his debut for the English Premier League champions. It’s fair to say it was a successful spell too. Hart racked up 348 appearances for City, securing 5 trophy wins in the process [Transfermarkt].

It’s of course been over three years since Hart left his beloved Manchester club, and is now plying his trade as the Celtic number one. But even so, City expressed their gratitude towards Hart today with a fine Instagram tribute:

Celtic have been reaping the rewards of bringing Hart to the club already. Even though there are still improvements to be made as he settles into life in Scotland, you can see the experience he has from his time down south.

Hart has come in and already captained the club in the absence of Callum McGregor. His leadership and communication skills have been there for all to see, and it’s certainly impressing the Celtic support.

Even at 34, you don’t feel as though Hart is anywhere near done. There’s a thirst there to get back winning trophies once again, and Celtic has already been a fine fit for him.

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Time will tell whether Manchester City hero Joe Hart will succeed at Celtic

Hart won’t view breaking into the Celtic starting XI as his main goal here. He won’t even look at the captaincy honour and think that way either. He’s here for trophy success.

In that sense then, time will tell whether he’ll be a success at Celtic Park. The same goes for the rest of Ange Postecoglou’s recruits as we look to build something special in the East End of Glasgow.

You also can’t undermine just how much the Hart signing does for the manager’s credibility also.

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The fact such an experienced, successful talent is excited at the prospect of working under the Hoops boss is a brilliant sign. It shows that Postecoglou is able to sell his vision to even the highest-quality talent we could get as a football club.

Of course there are chinks in the armour that need to be sorted. Nobody is going to pretend Hart has been some sort of unbeatable demon since arriving. But he’s a massive improvement on what we had last season, and that’s showing.

Hopefully, forever long Joe stays at Parkhead for, it’s even more trophy-laden than his time at City proved to be.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou could throw a Celtic curveball on Saturday in Giorgos Giakoumakis