Hart here to provide organisation


Those who want Celtic to stop with all the ‘ones for the future’ and concentrate more on players who are ready now, will be delighted at the prospect of Joe Hart (yes, I know, they will never be delighted).  At 34, Joe has the prospect of three years in Glasgow, helping to put Celtic back into domestic contention and into Champions League group stages.

He is 11 months older than Fraser Forster, whose decision to decline Celtic’s contract offer, after agreement was made with Southampton last year, precipitated so much trouble.  Neither keeper is at their peak, but Fraser was an incalculable loss, Joe Hart could go a long way to filling the gloves.

After securing star status with Manchester City and being first choice for England for seven years, Joe found himself loaned to Tornio and West Ham, before signing for then-Premier League Burnley, who required stopgap cover.  Last season was spent at Tottenham, largely on the bench, although he played 10 cup games.

A high profile fumble against Iceland at Euro 2016 was the Saka penalty of the day, ending England’s participation in the tournament, the incident lives longer in the memory than it would have in a different game.  He could have done better with the first of Leigh Griffiths free kicks that sailed past him at Hampden in 2017.  These and other circumstances combined to ensure he did not make the cut for the World Cup squad a year later.

I cannot tell you where Hart will perform on the spectrum between Fraser Forster at Hampden in 2019 and Vasilis Barkas throughout last season, it feels over optimistic to expect error-free miracles.  Nor is Joe a sweeper-keeper – an element of his game that hampered his ability to move to another top English club after Man City.

His abiding attribute is organisation.  Who does what, where and when, has been Celtic’s Achilles Heel in defence for a year, we can be sure this particular element will improve.  This, is the reason Joe is currently undergoing a medical.

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  1. Malmo big players matching up well with Goldson, Helander, Lundstram et al at set pieces.


    Back to the ref from Poland – I wonder if the malign Dallas has any influence on these appointments? Or am I being too paranoid?😊


    He is allowing the Undead away with tackles from the rear, and blatant blocking.

  2. McGregor hurling himself to the ground in an effort to get a Malmo player booked. No action by ref.

  3. Definitely take 2-0 here. A Sevco goal changes the tie (although there are no away goals).



    2-0 would be hard to come back from. Wonder if they’ll be more open to offers for Kent if they go out here.

  4. prestonpans bhoys on

    Looks like Malmo are settling for 2:0, Swedish hesgoal a minute in front of English stream

  5. Some palpations down Ibrox way…this isnt viable without the CL cheque.



    Interesting last 15 mins

  6. return match to see Dallas out of retirment to show the young team how to referee a gers game to the proper high standard.

  7. It is noticeable that Wright, Sakala, Kent and even Helander have a lot of pace. The Swedes are in mid-season, so hopefully that stands them in good stead fir the final ten.


    Is Malmo’s Berget our ex- player from Delia’s time? Looks like him.

  8. Goldsun being made to look like what he is.



    Criminal this shower strolled to the title last year

  9. the commentators went all desperado Tom Miller & Kevin Thompson Ragers there.



    all thats missing is an “us” or “we”

  10. Would you believe it? The Swedes, even with 3 late subs, can’t close the game out. Frantic pressure by Sevco leads to a goal from Davis.

  11. onenightinlisbon on

    Premier Sports commentator states



    “Gerrard has passed every test that has been asked of him since coming to Ibrox”



    How many trophies in three seasons?

  12. prestonpans bhoys on

    I would say whoever scores first at the bigot dome wins the tie, two poor sides

  13. Malmö lost the heads there, three players attracted to Kent and Davis has all the time in the world to line up his shot.



    A very open tie, Malmö will need to score at Ibrox but they can more than match Sevco physically so the they’ve nothing to fear.