Joe Hart has revealed a conversation he had with Tom Rogic which gave him an insight into the standards at Celtic.
The goalkeeper was one of the standout players during Ange Postecoglou’s maiden season but is still hungry for more success.
It has now been confirmed that the former English international will wear the number one jersey for the Celts in the forthcoming season.
In the season previous, Celtic were swapping goalkeepers around as if they were going out of fashion meaning that it was imperative that a reliable keeper came into the fold that could be trusted to play each week.
There was a lot of huge personalities leaving the club last summer, none more so than Scott Brown who had served Celtic as a tremendous captain. One of the big questions early on was centred around characters in the dressing room and leadership, but Callum McGregor and his peers certainly stepped up.
Bringing in a player of Hart’s record was also important as this was someone who had played at the very top, winning Premier League titles with Manchester City and being capped 75 times for his national team.
“All the things I love about football is what this football club is. Last season sounded tough but you can’t forget the previous nine successful seasons this club had,” said Joe Hart speaking to the Glasgow Times.
“Tom Rogic said to me during the season that we won’t be defined by what happened last season, we are bigger than that and we have an opportunity to do what we can while we are here borrowing the shirts.”
The departing Australian midfielder knows what it takes to succeed at Celtic and really showed his qualities as figure within the dressing room last season. He had been part of a side which had won four consecutive trebles on the bounce, a phenomenal achievement.
Rogic knew all about Ange before he arrived and wanted to once again deliver to the supporters which he had become so used to winning in front of. With a new manager at the helm, and Celtic not given a chance there was no time to dwell on what had gone before but instead look forward.
These comments are revealing of the culture which exists within the squad at Lennoxtown presently with the manager previously talking about the club being built on legends of the past and for players who come and go to add to that rich history. That has been crucial to the clubs success with the League Cup and Cinch Premiership being won.
Hart then added, “Time moves on quickly so you have to take every opportunity as it comes” which is exactly what Celtic will be looking to do next season as the Hoops return to the UEFA Champions League group stages for the first time in four seasons.