Celtic supporters have been somewhat quieter in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team miss out on the chance to seal the Scottish Premiership crown after losing 2-1 at Hibernian on Saturday.
Brendan Rodgers’ men went into their encounter at Easter Road knowing that victory would seal a seventh successive league crown, and second under the Northern Irishman following his appointment back in 2016. Yet goals from Jamie Maclaren and Vykintas Slivka set the hosts on their way to all three points on Saturday, and although Odsonne Edouard got one back late on for the Bhoys, it wasn’t enough to prevent a third league defeat of the campaign, meaning they’ll have to wait a little longer to be crowned champions.
Subsequently, there have been many quiet Celtic fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping that their side can indeed get the job done this weekend, and on what better occasion than at home to Old Firm rivals Rangers on Sunday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Bhoys supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that West Ham will not seek to re-sign goalkeeper Joe Hart in the summer.
As such, the £10.8 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) looks set to be on the lookout for a new club, with many of those Celtic supporters lining up at the bar of the opinion that he should reignite his flailing career with a move to Parkhead.
Ultimately, the England international hasn’t been the same goalkeeper ever since he was deemed a surplus to requirements by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola back in 2016, with the 31-year-old having since embarked on separate loan spells, neither of which have been overly fruitful.
Hart spent the entirety of last season on loan at Italian outfit Torino, but kept just five clean sheets and shipped 64 goals in 37 appearances for the club, before making the temporary move to West Ham for this campaign, where he hasn’t always been the number one choice.
Thus, the 31-year-old is facing a pivotal summer with it almost certain that he’ll be leaving City, but his next destination seems vital in his quest to re-discover the form that helped the Citizens to two Premier League titles, and indeed to the England number one jersey.
And Celtic could be the ideal club for the Englishman to resurrect his career.
Current Bhoys number one Craig Gordon turned 35 back in December and as such it remains to be seen how much longer he has left at the top level, while his deputy Dorus De Vries has done little to convince of his abilities since the move from Nottingham Forest.
Thus, there could well be an opening for Hart to stake a claim for the number one jersey at a huge club like Celtic, who are chasing history under Rodgers, and will undoubtedly be seeking to better themselves in Europe next season after reaching the last 32 of the Europa League this time round.
It may only take a little bit of confidence to get Hart back to the level he was producing at City, and given his recent efforts for West Ham in their draw at Chelsea and defeat at Arsenal, he still remains a very accomplished shot-stopper.
Thus, the 31-year-old should seek to reignite his career by making the move to Parkhead this summer.
Celtic fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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