Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart to retire at the end of this season

Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart has decided to retire at the end of this season. The former England Number one has been in outstanding form for Celtic this season, especially since the return from the winter break, but he’s now got the rest of this campaign to go before he calls it a day on his playing career.

Joe has informed Celtic of his decision and he wanted to sit down with his close friend and his mental performance coach, Jamie Edwards, who he has worked with for a number of years, to outline his decision to the Celtic support.

Joe Hart of Celtic (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Celtic have expressed the club’s thanks for the brilliant contribution Joe has made since arriving as an Ange Postecoglou signing from Tottenham in the summer 2021 transfer window.

“Everyone at Celtic would like to thank Joe sincerely for his fantastic and ongoing contribution to the Club,” Celtic stated via the official website. Current Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers added: “Joe has enjoyed a phenomenal career and I know will be huge miss to the game when he finally retires from playing football in the summer.

“For all he has done in football, Joe deserves huge praise and congratulations, he has been such a brilliant asset to Celtic of course and the wider game at the highest levels, domestically and internationally.

“But more than that, he is a tremendous man, just brilliant to work with, someone who I know has been a great team-mate to so many throughout his career and a player who never gives anything but his absolute best. Each and every day his work ethic is an example to all in football.

Celtic v Ross County – cinch Premiership – Celtic Park Celtics Callum McGregor, James Forrest and Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart arrive with their trophies from last seasons treble winning season ahead of the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park, Saturday August 5, 2023.Photo Steve Welsh

“While he will be a real loss on the pitch, I know he will stay in football in some form. It will always be part of his life and I am sure whatever he does after the summer time, everyone at the club wishes him nothing but the very best of success.

“I totally understand and respect Joe’s reasons for making this announcement and for being clear to the club and our fans on his future.

“I also know he will continue to work right through this season with the same intensity, commitment and drive which he has always been known for.”

Here’s Joe’s interview where he announces his decision. He is going to be a tough act to follow…

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