After Sunday Joe Hart has now played for Celtic one hundred times and has won for trophies – the League Cup and the Scottish Premiership this season and last – and the veteran former England Number One will be looking to add the Scottish Cup to his collection on Saturday 3 June at Hampden in the Final against Inverness Caley Thistle.
If he achieves that goal that Joe Hart will join a very select group of players who have won all three top domestic honours in England and Scotland – the only other player to have achieved this is the former Celtic captain Kenny Dalglish.
After the way he was treated latterly in his time at Tottenham, Hart’s move to Scotland has re-ignited his career and returned the former Manchester City goalkeeper to further glory years in a glittering career that may otherwise have had a low-key, rather sad ending for a player who hit the footballing heights earlier in his career when he was regarded as one of the top goalkeepers in world football.
Ange Postecoglou in many ways saved Hart from that seemingly inevitable fate and there is no doubt that he has done everything in his power to re-pay his manager at Celtic over these past two seasons. Hart reflected on the here-and-now glory of retaining a title which surprisingly is a first for him personally, after Celtic’s title triumph at Tynecastle on Sunday afternoon.
“They are special moments. You can’t take these things for granted,” Hart said, as reported by Planet Radio. “It’s an amazing club to play for and to be champions two years in a row is a great feeling.
“I have never done that before, we had a gap last time we won it down there (with Manchester City). Having been champions, we have improved from there. Everyone has got the attitude that they want to improve, so it’s good to be around.
“I know nothing is promised in football, it’s really not. Next year is not promised, the cup final is not promised. We have to work damn hard this week, we have a big game for the football club at the weekend.
“But it’s important to enjoy it, enjoy it with the fans, enjoy it with the team, and build on it and try and get as many opportunities to do it again.”
Joe Hart has one more year left on his current dealt Celtic and you would imagine he’ll be very keen to sign a contract extension if that is something that Ange Postecoglou feels is going to best serve his longer term objectives. At some point, either at the end of next season or perhaps a year or two later, Celtic will need to look at recruiting a new keeper to replace the Englishman. That is not going to be an easy task because Joe Hart’s will be big gloves to fill.
💯🍀 Congratulations to Joe Hart, who is set to make his 100th #CelticFC appearance this afternoon!
Super Joe Hart! 🧤💚 pic.twitter.com/E2Iks3ha2O
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) May 7, 2023
Morning Gossip: Joe Hart gets it “ I think we have improved, which is a really strong thing to build on having been champions. We have improved from there and everyone has got the attitude that they want to improve, so it is good to be around.” HH pic.twitter.com/4cndhecyg6
— Celtic Gossip (@CelticGossip) May 10, 2023