Joe Hart Ready To Take Wage Cut To Join Celtic, Report Suggests

Celtic have been strongly linked with a surprise move for former England and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart in recent weeks. The Premier League winner is now registered with Tottenham Hotspur, but has had very little game time and is no longer thought to be in the North London club’s plans. With a keeper of his standing becoming available, it makes sense for Celtic to swoop, particularly given the struggled form endured by Vasilis Barkas and Scott Bain.

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At 34 years of age, Hart is in the twilight of his career. However, he has experience and talent to bring to Paradise and could sure up the Bhoys’ last line of defence.

Wages were always likely to be a stumbling block, but, according to Football Insider, they may no longer be an issue. Indeed, the sporting news outlet claim that a Celtic source has told them that they have been given encouragement in regard to the transfer.

Hart made 10 appearances as Hugo Lloris’ back up last term, but Spurs have signed former Aston Villa goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini on a loan-to-buy deal this summer and he is set to replace the Englishman as the number two choice stopper. Therefore, Hart is said to be keen to get game time elsewhere and is happy to take a wage cut in order to play for Celtic.

How true that claim is will be discovered before the end of the transfer window, but it certainly provides hope for those seeking a goalkeeping alternative at Celtic Park.

About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

2 Comments

  1. Will be a total disaster of a signing, who or what is recommending some of these players, Pep dumped him because he couldn’t play his passing out from the back game which is what Ange wants, baffling decision by someone.

  2. Totally baffling decision by someone, Pep dumped him because he couldn’t play out from the back which is the same as Ange wants, is someone in authority at CELTIC getting brown envelopes, barkas, ajeti, duffy, kenny and now Hart.