Updated February 23rd, 2024 at 14:07 IST

Former England goalkeeper Joe Hart to retire after this season at Celtic

Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart has announced he will retire after this season, ending a 20-year career that included 75 appearances for England.The former Manchester City 'keeper said Thursday that this season in Glasgow will be his last, despite feeling physically “great.”

Joe Hart | Image:AP

 Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart has announced he will retire after this season, ending a 20-year career that included 75 appearances for England.

The former Manchester City 'keeper said Thursday that this season in Glasgow will be his last, despite feeling physically “great.”

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“I wanted to get the message out that as of June I'm going to stop playing professional football,” the 36-year-old Hart told Celtic TV. “This is something that I've thought about for a while. There’s no right or wrong time, is there?”

Hart was a two-time Premier League champion in his 12-year stint with City, which included loans to Birmingham, West Ham and Torino. He's helped Celtic win two league titles in Scotland.

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He has also won six cup medals with City and Celtic.

“Come game day, I really do peak,” Hart said. “But I'm aware that time waits for no man. I don't want my body to be retiring me. That was one of the key factors.”

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Hart, who joined the Scottish champions from Tottenham in 2021, made his first-team debut for Shrewsbury in April 2004.

Battling for the Scottish league title, Celtic trails Rangers by two points with 13 games remaining.

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“All I want to do now is focus," he said. "I want to focus on the job in hand, representing this amazing club that I play for and living my heart and soul out on the field.”

 

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Published February 23rd, 2024 at 14:07 IST