Manchester City's Ederson admits to admiration for Celtic man Joe Hart

By David Walton

September 7, 2021

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson has admitted that he holds deep admiration for Celtic stopper Joe Hart.

The £35m Brazilian is currently the Etihad side’s number one shot-stopper [BBC]. However, Hart had that tag for the best part of six years from 2011 onwards. He racked up a superb 347 appearances and raked in five trophies with the club.

Now, he finds himself at Celtic looking to rediscover that habit of winning silverware. So far, the early signs have been positive as Hoops supporters get used to having some genuine quality back between the sticks.

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And it appears that Ederson himself is a big fan of the former City stopper. He’s been reacting to some of City’s biggest goalkeeping moments in their history.

As expected, Hart was front and centre of the clip, and Ederson couldn’t hide his admiration of the England international.

Speaking via the club’s official media channels, the Brazilian said: “Joe is an exceptional goalkeeper. The years he was here…that’s why he is a City legend and a guy I really admire as a goalkeeper.”

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Ederson tips hat to Joe Hart; Celtic career also off to promising start

The international break will have given even the most experienced of Celtic players time to reflect. Hart, despite the many years he’s been involved at the top level, will likely be grateful to have a period of reflection.

His stats for Celtic look up and down at face value. Eight appearances with seven goals conceded and 50% of matches ending with a clean sheet [Transfermarkt]. Some will look at that and think he could be doing more.

However, let’s not forget that he’s been thrown in with a new centre-back partnership that is still trying to work each other out. Celtic have had major problems at the back this term. Hart has had to come in with the weight of the world on his shoulders and do a job.

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It hasn’t been easy, but he deserves major credit for some of the saves he’s come up with. Against AZ Alkmaar at Celtic Park in particular he shone with some big moments. The kind of moments we haven’t been treated to enough by recent Celtic goalkeepers.

So considering the change of clubs in the summer, Hart can be pleased with his start. He’ll be looking to go through the levels like many others in the team.

The next seven games represent a big step for Hart and his Celtic career. Time for him to move up a level along with the rest.

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