Ex-Manchester United defender Paul Parker believes Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart will become a “cult hero” at Parkhead.
The former England international has been everpresent for the Hoops since his arrival at the club from Tottenham at the start of last season, and Parker has backed the shot-stopper to end his career on a high in Scotland:
“Joe Hart was kicked out of Man City and he handled it very poorly. He then went on loan at a few clubs before he joined Tottenham just to be a second choice. His career was on a downfall but he has reinvented it at the biggest club in Scotland. I think he could end up being a cult hero for Celtic.”
“Does he have the level to play in the Premier League? I don’t think so but why would he also want to move back? He has established himself as a key player at Celtic and they love him. He is old and he should enjoy the end of his career at Celtic. What more would you want than being a loved figure at that amazing club? I’m sure he is not complaining at all.”
There were plenty of doubts about Hart’s capabilities when he first arrived at Celtic. After all, he had spent a good length of time warming the bench at Spurs and he looked well past his best.
However, the 35-year-old has found a new lease of life since moving north of the border. He has been a leader in the dressing room as well as putting in consistent performances out on the pitch.
Hart has been by no means perfect but he was certainly a massive upgrade on the club’s two previous number ones, Vasilis Barkas and Scott Bain.