Journalist Ryan Thom has given his verdict on Joe Hart’s display for Celtic as they defeated St Johnstone 4-1.
Reo Hatate and Kyogo Furuhasi both bagged a brace for the Hoops, while Hart had a fairly quiet day, only making two saves on Saturday afternoon. However, he failed to keep a clean sheet when Drey Wright pulled back a consolation goal in the 67th minute.
Writing for Glasgow Live, Thom said that Hart had ‘very little to do’ for Celtic, but criticised him for the goal he conceded, handing the goalkeeper a 4/10 rating.
He stated: “Very little to do as the Hoops dominated. Failed to get a strong hand on Stevie May’s effort as he parried the ball onto Wright who found the net.”
TIF Thoughts on Thom’s comments…
Hart really had a very quiet day at the office, but the goal he conceded didn’t impact the game much at all, so it’s unlikely there will be many hard feelings about not getting a clean sheet, as disappointed as he may be personally.
The Englishman has kept seven clean sheets and made 30 saves from 18 Scottish Premiership appearances this season. When you consider that the Hoops paid just £1m for his services in the summer of 2021, he’s proving a total bargain.
It’s great to see the former England international playing first-team football on a consistent basis after a rough period following his departure from Manchester City.
At 35 years old, Hart could well spend his final playing days with Celtic, which is not a bad way to end it all. Many players would dream to end their career with one of the biggest clubs in the UK, and could well be on the way towards another league title following another victory this afternoon.