Joe Hart on what Ange Postecoglou told him before joining Celtic

By Euan Davidson

August 28, 2021

Joe Hart has shared what Ange Postecoglou said to him before joining Celtic.

After being told he was surplus to requirements by Nuno Espirito Santo, Spurs’ new boss, Hart found himself needing a new challenge. That challenge came in the form of joining a Bhoys team low on confidence, especially between the sticks.

Charismatic new manager Postecoglou took little time to act on Hart’s availability. Despite a rough few years, the former Manchester City goalkeeper has shaken off the rust and impressed for Celtic thus far.

The 34-year-old spoke to his former teammate Micah Richards for the Daily Mail. He told Richards [Daily Mail]:

“I was sad, I needed a few days to get my head together. I loved being at Tottenham, there are some really good people.

“Spurs let people know I was available, I spoke to Ange Postecoglou. I told him how I was feeling, how I was happy to go and play on a park because I don’t need this [expletive] any more… I said you can take this as me being vulnerable, I just need a bit of love.

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“I’ll be there with you, all or nothing. He said to me: “I do my research. I’ve not needed to do one bit of research on you as a goalkeeper, as I don’t need to.”

“That made me feel good, first and foremost. He told me he had spoken to people I had played with in the past and people in the game – just about you. To come and do the job I want from you, I just needed to know about you as a person.”

Ange Postecoglou was determined to land Joe Hart for Celtic. It’s worked.

While there were plenty of cynics – myself included – signing Joe Hart has been a masterstroke by Postecoglou. With his experience, his fearless communication and shot-stopping, he’s been an excellent addition.

Already, you can see the impact he’s having on players like Stephen Welsh and Anthony Ralston. While Welsh had a decent 20-21, he’s stepped up a gear. Ralston, who looked far from squad involvement in the summer, has been excellent.

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While both can take a hefty amount of personal praise, Hart has no doubt helped. Not only do players have the confidence from a solid goalkeeper behind them, they’ve got encouragement. From a player who’s been there, done it and got the goalie’s jersey.

Moreover, he’s making the saves that are expected of a Celtic goalkeeper. Basic as it sounds, we’ve not had that in a while. Not since Fraser Forster has a Celtic goalkeeper been so dominant and successful in his area.

While yes, he has a mistake in him, his pros outweigh his cons. And by some margin, too. With a three-year contract, it’s exciting to think how many big moments Hart could provide for supporters.

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