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. Surely not another deflected goal…….I won’t mention luck …..unfortunately that will probably turn the tie around

  2. fourstonecoppi on

    They get their goal.


    TBH Malmo played a dangerous game..the hun were relentless and very fit. The goal was bound to come. The hun will turn them over at ipox.


    I hope big Ange gets us in to shape fast ‘cos this mob might not be the most talented team but have structure, fitness and determination.

  3. !!BADA BING!! on 3RD AUGUST 2021 7:41 PM



    Midtjylland seemingly played a banned player against us.






    UEFA Sweeo Sweep CSC




    relentless ?



    the keeper didn’t have a single shot to save until he picked out a 95th deflection

  5. Thanks an tearmann – will listen. Yeah she’s ok. pepped up a bit – fingers crossed. thanks

  6. malmo coulldn’t clear their lines 4 times in a row there. looked tired. Had the ball in the corner and tried to run through the defence for a 3rd. Silly, nevr got the ball back

  7. The concern now will be how Malmo view that goal and how they react. They’d have taken 2-1 before kick-off but to concede like that in the last minute will be a blow.



    I agree with the point made earlier though – shows how important fitness is. Ange has mentioned sports scientists and we need to get to a level where we can show a certain amount of intensity late on in games – not fading after 70mins.

  8. Poor oul’ Stevie Bhoy………..




    I bet he’ll get some tuff kwestions noo…………………







  9. Sevco are tall, strong, organised and fit. For me they do lack technical ability but they’re attributes will see them bag 90 points this season.



    Malmö have a tall back four and coped relatively well with them – you match the huns physically and you’ve got the beating of them just as Prague did last season.



    Kent is pivotal for them, he’s the only one capable of skinning one or two players and opening the game up.



    Malmö well in the tie though and I expect them to score at Ibrox.



    Perception framed by the media will have the huns on cloud nine tonight about that last second goal but they got beat Malmö.



    Olympiakos will not be afraid.

  10. Malmo are a pretty poor team.



    Very up and down — when they found some quality they scored.


    At other times they looked very sloppy and very slow.



    Very poor conditioning compared to the TFOD2.1.


    Especially as they are mid season.



    Interesting that the CL operates with 5 subs while the SPL has gone back to 3.


    Do they do drug testing in CL / EuL matches?



    Oh well — SG’s bubble has been burst.


    TFOD2.1 look well drilled / well coached but very highly strung.


    Planned moves and passing arrangements work well.


    But they can play themselves into trouble when pressure is applied.



    The defence needs MIB support while JT leaves a lot of space behind him.


    The MF is a bit thin — tonight’s trio all seemed to play the same game.


    The forward trio and all awkward but not that effective — they live on confidence.



    Us vs Them — match them up physically and we win.

  11. The Likesa Goldson, Tav (pen) and Fat Charlie will get a roasting from the knuckledraggers…..


    more fans won’t necessarily help them.



    It’s the domestic knuckle-shufflers that will need watching ( as ever)…………

  12. och, look at this, how cool was Jock, seemed relaxed, contented. Funny, the rest are in awe of him, you can see it.






    When Football Was Better






    Aug 30, 2018


    Just 3 days before his tragic death at the game, Jock Stein tries out some mind games on Mike England ahead of the crucial Wales v Scotland World Cup Qualifier in 1985.


    Lovely to see the great Bobby Robson too.







    Hope the wee one is on the mend!



    The beeb must be expectin’ us to get humped.



    SHOW ‘EM CELTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Philbhoy both are eligible but only Hart has travelled according to reports McCarthy will stay behind and train and hopefully both will make their Celtic park debut on Sunday



    D :)

  15. Just on the Davis goal, I suspect defenders are better letting those shots through rather than risk the deflection. The keeper had that shot all day long prior to last gasp slide and deflection leaving him flat footed.

  16. onenightinlisbon on

    RC on 3RD AUGUST 2021 8:16 PM



    Ach, who cares anyway…



    Think the huns having fans back at the bigotdome next week will not help them.



    They are well organised but miles away from the world beaters that the likes of Keevans and Craigan would have us believe.