JOE HART insists he is good to go in this afternoon’s Europa League qualifier against Jablonec in the Czech Republic.
The 34-year-old former England goalkeeper has told boss Ange Postecoglou he is ready and willing to make his Hoops debut in the first leg tie.
Hart was whisked onto the flight with his new team-mates shortly after completing his £1million three-year contract switch from Spurs.
The experienced netminder made 10 first-team appearances for the London club last season, but didn’t feature in the Premier League.
Hart has only had one training session with his new colleagues, but the ex-Manchester City No.1 is adamant he is prepared to take his bow in the Euro confrontation.
He will become the third Hoops keeper in three European outings, following Vasilis Barkas who blundered to allow FC Midtjylland to equalise in the first leg of the Champions League qualifier at Parkhead and Scott Bain who played in the return in Denmark last week when the club exited the elite competition on a 3-2 aggregate scoreline.
Hart, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I’m very excited about this move, so, yes, I’d be delighted to be picked.
“I understand it’s been an interesting couple of days and I appreciate how accommodating Celtic were in making this happen.
“Both parties were clear they were up for it. I’d like to think I’m ready now to play.
“It’s obviously down to the manager and how he wants to play things. I feel good, I feel fantastic. I’ve had some high-level training at Spurs.
“People are always going to have opinions in this game and if you want to find reasons to look good or not look good then it’s pretty easy.
“All I know is that I’ve got belief in what I can do, I’ve got belief in the team.”
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