Super Joe Hart plans Paradise return to join Green Brigade

Super Joe Hart insists his Celtic experience is far from over as the former Hoops keeper, who hung up his gloves after the Scottish Cup Final win over theRangers, plans to be back at Celtic Park to join the Green Brigade in the North Curve at Celtic Park…

“I didn’t expect anything,” Joe Hart told the High-Performance podcast as he looked back on the incredible few months at the end of his playing career. His memories of that will last a lifetime and the former Celtic goalkeeper, Super Joe to the Celtic support, hasn’t ended his Celtic experiences quite yet as he plans to join the Green Brigade in the North Curve to participate in their unique method of supporting the club.

“I’d already got more than I ever could have asked for in terms of treatment, kind words and how my family were treated. Then I came out for the second-half and I love that corner, The Green Brigade. The energy that comes from that corner. That’s me. I’d happily be in there and I will be in there at one point in my life, the throb, the passion for the club.”

The Green Brigade’s Super Joe Hart tifo on trophy day made a huge impact on the former England goalkeeper. Asked for his reaction to it at the time, Joe said: “Mad. It scared me a little bit. I’m not a guy who is scared, either. I always think, why not, let’s go. It just made me feel there are a lot of very good things happening. I was scared, but also feeling great at the same time.

“We had trophy lift, families on the pitch, that club celebrates properly. In the last 13 years, won 12 leagues and still every single trophy is celebrated like it is everything and I love that about the place. That was a special day that will live with me forever and ever.”

He added: “I got to do something really unique because football is a fast business. I told a truly special football club that I wanted to finish with them because I loved them more than anything else in football. I wanted to finish strong and I got into a beautiful flow, the team really clicked.

“The buzz of the club, no matter how many trophies they win, when you are playing well, it’s an absolute buzz. The drums are going, the fans were singing, the flares were going off, and it was just an incredible feeling. And then they asked me to do a night with Joe Hart, to which I immediately said no, because I said when I wanted to retire that I didn’t want to talk about it, I wanted to do what I needed to do because the team comes first.

“Then I said: You know what? scrap that. You were willing to do that for me? That’s absolutely beautiful. I don’t feel comfortable doing it, but I’m going to do it because for you to even ask me to do that is special.”

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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