Former Manchester City striker and now pundit Trevor Sinclair has tipped Hoops goalkeeper Joe Hart for a return to the England international setup as he revealed his delight at seeing the shot-stopper’s success in Glasgow so far.
The former City and Tottenham goalkeeper arrived in the summer as part of the rebuild under new boss Ange Postecoglou, which saw a further 11 signings join Hart at the club in the summer window.
The move to bring the 35-year old to the club did raise some questions from sections of the support, but Hart has gone on to show why that should never have been the case, producing some brilliant form between the sticks for Postecoglou’s side.
As quoted by Glasgow World, Sinclair, who is an avid fan of the Hoops, as can be seen by his social media presence, believes that the move was the ‘perfect fit’ for Hart and has even tipped him for a potential return to the England international squad ahead of the World Cup in Qatar later this year.
“Joe has put himself right up there with the top keepers in Scotland.
“He’s got the experience — and, you never know, that England door might not be completely closed.
“Stranger things have happened, particularly if he is playing Champions League next year. Let’s hope so.
“The move (to Celtic) was the perfect fit. I’m so pleased for Joe, and I’ve said that to him.
“Both Celtic and Manchester City are huge clubs. I played with him when he was young at City, saw him progress to become England No. 1.
“Now I’ve watched him play for my club, Celtic, and I’m really proud of his achievements.
“When you’ve had a dip in form, people criticise you and ask different questions of your character and personality; this was the ideal move.“He’s not looked out of place. He’s at a huge club, and even for someone who’s had the career Joe has, he’s had big gloves to fill.”
After all the issues faced between the sticks last season, some would argue that at the beginning of the campaign, Joe Hart had one of the biggest effects on this new-look side.
Hart is also likely to be a huge leader in the dressing room, alongside captain Callum McGregor, with the experience in the game he holds and will look to use that to help others around him.
Going into games such as Sunday, that experience could prove crucial, and Hart is likely to have a big role to play if we are to reach the final of the Scottish Cup.
Who knows, with the form of some goalkeeper south of the border and injury issues popping up, maybe an opportunity will arise at some point, even for friendly games in the summer, for a potential international recall.