JOE HART has played every single minute of Celtic’s league season, something many weren’t expecting with the arrival of Ben Siegrist in the summer transfer window.
Hart signed for a fee just short of £1 million in Ange Postecoglou’s first transfer window, adding some much-needed experience and quality to the team. He’s made some point-winning saves throughout his Parkhead career and was a key man in the domestic double-winning team of last season.
Aged 35, he’s still pulling out some top-class saves, but some believe that his age may be creeping up on him, but former teammate Shay Given believes that Hart still has a good few years left in him; he said: [Daily Record]
“But it’s nice to see him really settled in Glasgow, he looks right at home now. Joe obviously has tons of ability, but he brings that experience and knowledge to the team, as well. I’ve got no doubt he’s a massive presence in the dressing room.
“I played on to the age of 41 and there’s no reason why Joe can’t do the same. He’s only a youngster at 35!
“Knowing Joe, he’s so professional and extremely dedicated. He works really hard in the gym and looks after himself.
“It’s clear he’s really enjoying himself at Celtic. He’ll feel the same way we all did and want to play as long as he can because you are a long time retired.
“But when you look at his performances, there’s no need for him to even think about retiring any time soon.”
Joe Hart’s contract expires at the end of next season, with Celtic likely to assess their option before handing the shot-stopper a new deal, especially with Ben Siegrist just a couple of years younger.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens between the sticks over the next few years.