Joe Hart sends emotional message to Celtic fans

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Celtic's game against St Mirren will live long in the memory for many reasons. Of course, it was the day that the Hoops celebrated their league triumph and lifted the Premiership trophy. It was also the last time that Joe Hart appeared at Parkhead. The Englishman has already announced his decision to retire at the end of the campaign and his final match will be at Hampden Park in the Scottish Cup final against the Rangers.

Admittedly, it was not a popular decision when Hart was signed by Celtic in the summer of 2021 from Tottenham Hotspur. Many felt that he was well past his prime and no longer good enough to be number one.

Hart has been Celtic's number one for the past three seasons and won the league title each time. And the club have a tough task on their hands, finding a replacement for him in the summer.

Not only has Hart been an important player for Celtic but a much-needed leader as well in the aftermath of Scott Brown's exit. And over time, he is someone that the fans have embraced. Something that had seemed very unlikely when he was signed in the summer of 2021.

Joe Hart sends emotional message to Celtic fans

Hart was clearly emotional as he said goodbye to Parkhead this weekend. As reported by STV News, he told the crowd:

"Guys, I have never felt professionally that special before in my entire life.

“Myself, my family, from the bottom of my heart, I absolutely adore every single one of you, everyone associated with this football club.

“It’s such a special place. I was asked yesterday, how do you explain this to people? I don’t want to explain this to anyone, this is not a club that needs explaining, this is a club that speaks for itself.

“You guys are absolutely phenomenal. It’s part of you, you have made me feel so special and humble.

“I absolutely love it, thank you so much for having me."

A ‘Super Joe Hart’ banner was unveiled at the start of the second half. He also received an ovation from the entire stadium after being taken off in the 87th minute of the game.

Of course, the job is not finished for Hart yet. He has enjoyed a trophy-laden time in Glasgow. This league was his sixth title with the club. And he will get the chance to end it with seven next weekend.