Trevor Sinclair left absolutely buzzing with Joe Hart's Celtic renaissance
Former England international Trevor Sinclair has admitted he’s “really proud” and “so pleased” with the form of Joe Hart at Celtic.
Hart arrived in the summer to the tune of £1m from Tottenham Hotspur [Sky Sports]. The deal had many questioning whether Hart could rediscover the form he showed back when he was England number 1.
However, those who doubted the ex-Man City stopper have been pleasantly surprised. Hart has been a real leader amongst the Celtic squad this season and has made some fine stops as he’s proven to be a real upgrade on Scott Bain and Vasilis Barkas.
And after fruitless spells with the likes of West Ham, Burnley, and Tottenham respectively, Sinclair is delighted with how his countryman and good mate is performing.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, he said: “This move was the perfect fit. I’m so pleased for Joe and I’ve said that to him. Both Celtic and Manchester City are huge clubs. I played with him when he was young at City, saw him progress to become England No 1.
“Now I’ve watched him play for my club, Celtic, and I’m really proud of his achievements. When you’ve had a dip in form, people criticise you and ask different questions of your character and personality, this was the ideal move.
“He’s not looked out of place. He’s at a huge club and even for someone who’s had the career Joe has, he’s had big gloves to fill. I’m glad Joe went to the right side of Glasgow because I’ve had a few mates go to the other side!”
Joe Hart has proven his Celtic critics wrong already
Hart is one of the key reasons that Celtic have, considerably, the best defence in Scottish football. Even if he hasn’t been overly worked in recent weeks, he’s still organising his backline and having to stay alert.
Last season, it felt as though almost any shot that came into our goal found its way into the net. We had a massive goalkeeping problem and, if we’re being honest, it played a huge part in Celtic failing to win 10-in-a-row.
Hart has already proven his Celtic critics wrong. He’s exactly what we’ve needed both in Europe and in derby matches against Rangers this term. Had we failed to bolster our goalkeeping ranks in the summer, we would’ve suffered real heavy embarrassments on the continent and almost certainly wouldn’t be top of the league.
Bagging Hart for such a nominal fee now looks like daylight robbery. Celtic managed to capture him due to the fact his reputation had taken a knock and it looked as though he had run out of chances in England.
Now, there would be a host of EPL clubs who would love to have Hart in their ranks. That’s simply down to what he’s done for Celtic domestically and in Europe this term. And it looks as though he’s closing in on a return to Champions League football too.
What a signing he’s been.