JOE HART has revealed that he was an option for Celtic in the summer of 2020. Yes, the summer when Vasilis Barkas moved to Glasgow.
Hart has been impressive this season, putting in several stands out performances and probably winning some massive points along the way. His leadership qualities have been clear to see.
The shot-stopper has revealed that he was in discussions with Celtic a year before moving north of the border, but Celtic chiefs pulled the plug because there was no resale value on the keeper.
Speaking to the In The Stiffs Podcast, Joe Hart explained;
“I’d actually spoken to Celtic the year before.
“They decided at the top there was no resale value in me. So they didn’t want to take me on, to have no resale in me doing well.
“If I did well, great, they wouldn’t gain anything from it. So I was like ‘fair enough’. It never got started, it was something that I was open to.”
Who knows what would have happened if the Celtic did sign the former England number 1 last season. One thing’s for sure; they wouldn’t have spent the best part of £5 million on a keeper who is struggling to make the bench now.
Peter Lawwell always looked at resale value and rarely allowed Celtic to buy players of a certain age.
So much went wrong last season, and Joe Hart between the sticks wouldn’t have made much difference. He joined Celtic at the right time.
One thing that has become clear is that Ange wanted Joe Hart at Celtic, and the board backed the manager and allowed him the opportunity to bring his players to Celtic.