JOE HART

Goal Keeper
Date of Birth: 19 April 1987
Debut: v Jablonec 5th August 2021
Nationality: English
Signed: August 2021

Joe Hart joined the Hoops on a three-year deal from Tottenham Hotspur in August 2021.

The goalkeeper, who has been capped 75 times for England, arrived having twice won the English Premier League during 12 years with Manchester City, where he also won the FA Cup and two League Cups.

After climbing the ranks at his local club, Shrewsbury, Joe Hart signed on a permanent basis for Manchester City in the summer of 2006 at the age of 19. Loan spells at Tranmere Rovers, Blackpool and Birmingham City followed in the four years after that, before the 6’4” stopper became the Sky Blues’ first choice goalkeeper ahead of Shay Given at the start of the 2010/11 English Premier League campaign.

“I am absolutely delighted to be joining a club of Celtic’s stature”

The following year, Hart played an integral role in City’s first-ever EPL win – when a last gasp Sergio Aguero goal, scored on the 94th minute against QPR on the final day of the season, saw Roberto Mancini’s men win 3-2 and leapfrog runners-up Manchester United on goal difference. That season, Hart conceded 45 goals in all competitions while keeping an impressive 20 shut outs at home and in Europe.

In the summer of 2016, Hart spent a season-long loan away from the Etihad to Italian Serie A side Torino, before returning to England to spend a subsequent year on loan at West Ham. A permanent move to Burnley kicked off a two-year stay at Turf Moor between 2018 and 2020, before Hart moved to Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer last summer.

During his time in England, Hart featured 340 times in the English Premier League and recorded 127 clean sheets.

Upon putting pen to paper at Paradise, Hart said: “This is a great moment for me in my career and I am absolutely delighted to be joining a club of Celtic’s stature.”

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In his formative years, Hart made six appearances for England’s Under-19s and 21 appearances for their Under-21s. On June 1, 2008, aged 21, Hart stepped up to Fabio Capello’s first-team and went on to feature 75 times for his country until his international retirement in March, 2018. In that time, Hart played under both Capello and Gareth Southgate in European Championships and World Cup competitions.

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