Since joining Celtic in the summer, Joe Hart believes he’s been made to feel very welcome by both his teammates and the Hoops fans.
Ange Postecoglou’s first choice goalkeeper, Hart, came from Tottenham Hotspur.
In the manager’s high-tempo, possession-based style, there was some early scepticism regarding his fit for the job. But he’s made an impression and is quickly gaining popularity.
He made a crucial stop against Ross County on Saturday, and he was questioned about the standing ovation he received after that and other saves this week.
Speaking to the official website, he said: “Yeah, of course [I hear that]. I feel really welcome at the club first and foremost, it’s made me feel very welcome, both the guys in and around the club, and also the fans have been exceptional. I’ve really felt that and I really do appreciate that.
“But the job I’ve been asked to do, especially in the league, there’s no point in getting away from it, there’s not going to be a huge amount of saves hopefully in games, so when I do have to make the odd one, I want to be there and I want to stand up for the team.
“It’s a knowledgeable crowd, it was 1-0 and we went on to score soon after. I still believe we would have found a way if it had gone to 1-1, but it would’ve made it a whole lot more difficult, so I was happy to do my job.”
When Celtic take on Real Betis in their own turf tonight, Hart will undoubtedly be busy.
With Celtic’s injuries and depth issues, Betis are the clear favourites in tonight’s match.
Of course, we’ve seen in the past that the Bhoys can compete away from home against teams like Lille and Lazio. Tonight, though, the stakes are minimal.
If we are to win, Hart will have to make a few important saves against a squad led by Manuel Pellegrini, his former Manchester City manager.