Saturday was memorable for many reasons in the world of Celtic; the Bhoys got their hands on the Scottish Premiership trophy for the third time in a row, Santa made a hilarious appearance, and Joe Hart was given a tear-jerking send-off.

The veteran ‘keeper announced a few months ago that the current season would be his last playing professional football and resultantly, Saturday was the final time he took to the hallowed Parkhead turf.

Joe Hart
Soccer Football – Scottish Premiership – Celtic v St Mirren – Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – May 18, 2024 Celtic’s Joe Hart reacts REUTERS/Craig Brough

In the end, the Hoops picked up a victory courtesy of a late Luis Palma finish but it wasn’t easy as the Buddies made a game of it, leading twice.

Hart didn’t get a clean sheet in his last home game for Celtic but received rousing applause when he was subbed off with a few minutes remaining on the clock.

It was an emotional send-off for the 37-year-old and on Instagram, his fellow stopper Scott Bain bided farewell to him. The trusted backup ‘keeper thanked Hart for everything but stressed there was still some more work to be done:

Given everything he has achieved in the game and all he has devoted to Celtic over the past few years, Hart fully merited his memorable send-off at the weekend.

He still has one more game to go, however, before his gloves get hung up for good as the Hoops head to Hampden for a colossal cup final.


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