Former England goalkeeper Joe Hart to retire at end of season

Joe Hart, Celtic goalkeeper, has said he will be retiring at the end of this season, after a 20-year career that included 75 England appearances.

Despite feeling physically “great,” the former Manchester City goalkeeper said on Thursday that this season in Glasgow will be his last.

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

During his twelve-year stint at City, which included loans to Birmingham, West Ham and Torino, the 36-year-old Hart won the Premier League twice. In Scotland, he helped Celtic in winning two league titles. He has also won six cup medals for 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.”

Celtic sits two points behind Rangers in the Scottish league title race with 13 games to go.

Hart said. “Mentally I’m in that one place that I like to be, I’m in a place of clarity. Obviously, I’ve thought about this a lot. 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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