Scottish Premiership top side Celtic have completed the signing of former Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart and midfielder James McCarthy after leaving Crystal Palace.
Joe Hart signed a three-year deal with the club while Ireland international McCarthy has agreed on a four-year contract.
Celtic Signs Joe Hart and James McCarthy
Both players could be available for Thursday’s Europa League qualifier against FK Jablonec.
Speaking on the two signings, Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou said: “I’m delighted that we have signed two top-class players in Joe and James.”
He also said: “Both of them have a wealth of experience at both club and international level, and that is something which can only benefit the squad, and I’m looking forward to working with both of them.” Postecoglou has repeatedly called for reinforcements after a difficult start to his Celtic tenure.
His side was knocked out of Champions League qualifying by Danish side Midtjylland and lost their Scottish Premiership opening game to Hearts. Joe Hart, who has 75 England caps, made ten appearances for Spurs last season after joining in the summer, eight of which came in the Europa League and two in the FA Cup.
The 34-year-old goalkeeper said: “This is a great moment for me in my career, and I am delighted to be joining a club of Celtic’s stature.” McCarthy made ten starts for Crystal Palace last season in an injury-hit campaign before leaving Selhurst Park as a free agent.
Speaking on his signing, he said: “To have signed for Celtic is a brilliant feeling, and this is a special day for my family and me.” He also said: “I know all about the club, the size of it and all the success it’s enjoyed, particularly in recent years.”