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England’s veteran goalie Joe Hart announces he will retire

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England's veteran goalie Joe Hart set to retire this summer. Photo/ Goal.com.
  • Celtic have announced that goalkeeper Joe Hart will hang his boots at the end of this season
  • With the Scottish giants, he has won two league titles, a Scottish Cup and two Scottish League Cups

Celtic have announced that goalkeeper Joe Hart will hang his boots at the end of this season. The veteran goalie, who is currently 36, is in his third season with Celtic and has opted to retire this summer instead of renewing a deal or continuing his career elsewhere.

Hart made his first-team debut in April 2004 at Shrewsbury and has since had a successful career playing for top clubs such as Manchester City and Celtic. He won 75 caps with the England national team.

Joe Hart

Joe Hart will retire at the end of the season. Photo/ Sky Sports.

“As of June, I’m going to stop playing professional football. This is something that I’ve thought about for a while. There’s no right or wrong time but the way this club works that I’m playing at at the moment there’s so much on it. There’s so much heart and soul poured into what we’re doing as a football club, with the grand scheme of the club, the support base and the conversations that go on around it.” Joe Hart told Celtic club on Thursday, as per the Mirror.

Hart joined Celtic in 2021 after a spell with Tottenham Hotspur and has since established himself as the club’s number one shot stopper. With the Scottish giants, he has won two league titles, a Scottish Cup and two Scottish League Cups.

As already mentioned, Joe Hart began his senior football career in 2004 with Shrewsbury, the same club he spent his youth days at. The future Premier League winner made his debut a day after his 17th birthday and played the whole 90 minutes against Gravesend & Northfleet. He played his second game four days later but never made an appearance again until April the following year.

Hart became Shrewsbury’s number one keeper during the 2005-06 season and played all league matches. He impressed with his performance and attracted the attention of several top Premier League clubs, including Everton, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Hart ended up joining City and made his debut for the Cytizens on 14 October 2006 in against Sheffield United, keeping a clean sheet in the match which finished goalless. The England international then had loan spells playing for clubs such as Tranmere Rovers, Blackpool and Birmingham City before establishing himself as City’s first-choice keeper.

Joe Hart Success With Manchester City

After proving himself while on loan, Roberto Mancini trusted Joe Hart to be City’s number one goalkeeper during the 2010-11 season. He played a big role that season as the Cytizens won the FA Cup and began establishing himself as giants in English football.

Hart won the Premier League Golden Glove at the end of that season, an award he would go on to win three consecutive times. His goalkeeping prowess helped City win two Premier League titles and two Football League Cups in addition to the FA Cup they won in 2011.

Joe Hart

Joe Hart won two Premier League titles with Manchester City. Photo/ Goal.com.

Hart was dropped from his position as City’s number one goalie by Pep Guardiola when he arrived in the summer of 2016. With things falling apart between Hart and the Spanish manager, top clubs such as Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla showed interest in him. He surprisingly chose to go on loan to Serie A club Torino.

During his time in Italy, Hart made several errors that led to Torino conceding goals. As a result, he returned to England and signed with West Ham United after being permitted by City to find a club. He also struggled at West Ham.

Latter Stages of Hart’s Career

After his loan spell with West Ham, Manchester City sold Joe Hart to Burnley in the summer of 2018. The England international then had a spell at Tottenham Hotspur before joining Celtics in August 2021. With the Scottish side, he has achieved success and has remained their number one keeper to this time when he is plotting to retire at the end of the season.

Abraham Odhiambo is an avid sports fan who loves to write about football, boxing and wrestling. He's a big supporter of Manchester United. He's pursuing a bachelor's degree in Communication and Media at Egerton University.

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