Pundit calls for Celtic to replace Joe Hart next season

Tam McManus has called for Celtic to replace Joe Hart next season, claiming that he hasn’t been at all impressed by the former Manchester City and England international at Celtic Park. Hart, 35, joined the club when we were in dire need of stability within the backline in the close-season of 2021 and has unquestionably brought solidity that the team can build upon.

The chatter has been heard from some corners about Joe doing a job for us since he came in the door at Lennoxtown but ultimately, that we need a new goalkeeper if we are to make progress in the UEFA Champions League group stage. The argument of course, is that we need a ‘keeper that is better with his feet than our Joe is, making life more comfortable for our defence and midfield.

This is nothing new for the English Premier League winner, as Pep Guardoila dropped him then shipped him out of the Etihad after his arrival from the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich. The Champions League-winning head coach deemed him unfit to carry out his methods of playing out from the back and replaced him with Claudio Bravo.

However, it seemed madness considering that Bravo wasn’t as good a goalkeeper as Hart but nonetheless, Guardiola stuck to his guns and Joe left the club on-loan. He joined Torino in Italy, where he stayed for a short stint, before moving to West Ham, Burnley, and finally Tottenham Hotspur, where Ange scooped him him for the bargain price of £1 million.

Maybe Celtic in the longer-term may be looking at a different sort of goalkeeper to help implement Ange’s preferred style of play. And maybe Joe’s age will also play a factor at some point, however, to say it has to be immediately is well wide of the mark. He’s proven he’s more than capable still and when it comes to European football, we need to learn to take our chances when they come, as opposed to looking for a scapegoat at the back all the time.

Have a listen to McManus advocate for Celtic to replace Joe Hart next season below…

Do you agree? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section…

Paul Gillespie



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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.


  1. Jim O'Rourke on

    Where are we going to get a better goalie, mentor, leader and someone who genuinely loves playing for us and not forgetting took a massive pay cut to come to Celtic and if such a goalie exists, how much would he cost us? We have a great defense possibly the best for generations so lets stick with Joe