Paul Lambert has warned Joe Hart that the experience gained at Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City will count for little in the goldfish bowl that is Celtic, while speaking to talkSPORT (29 July, 10.50am).
You would be forgiven for thinking that a man with a Premier League winners’ medal and 75 England caps on his CV would have no problems taking a move to the green half of Glasgow in his lengthy stride.
But Lambert, who won eight trophies during almost a decade at Parkhead, knows first-hand that absolutely nothing can prepare you for life at a club where success is seen as a pre-requisite.
Fabrizio Romano broke the shock news on Wednesday that Celtic had opened talks to bring Hart north of the border; the 34-year-old having been told he is free to leave a Tottenham side who recently brought in Pierluigi Gollini as Hugo Lloris’s back up.
Hart’s supreme self-confidence and iron-clad professionalism should stand him in good stead if he joins forces with Ange Postecoglou.
According to Lambert, however, the veteran shot-stopper could still be in for a rude awakening at a club desperate to snatch the Scottish Premiership title back from Old Firm rivals Rangers at the earliest opportunity.
Will Joe Hart really leave Spurs for Celtic?
“If Joe Hart came up to Glasgow, it would be nothing like he’s ever experienced before. He’ll never have experienced anything like it,” said Lambert, the former Aston Villa, Norwich City and Ipswich Town manager.
“I know he’s been at Man City and won the Premier League and played for England but when you pull that Celtic jersey on it’s a totally different kettle of fish because of the way the club is.
“Would he do Celtic a turn? You’d like to think so.”
Even at 34, and without a single league appearance since 2018/19, Hart should represent a substantial upgrade on the likes of Scott Bain, Conor Hazard and the error-prone Vasilis Barkas at Celtic.
Barkas made another high-profile mistake as Celtic lost to Midtjylland in the Champions League qualifiers this month.