Joe Hart made a howler tonight, which cost Celtic a goal and allowed RB Leipzig to regain the lead. Of course it was a dreadful error, which caused me to let out more than a few frustrated expletives. However, Callum McGregor played a major role in us conceding the first goal, just as he did in Shaktar, and the likes of Kyogo, Maeda and Giakoumakis have cost us goals at the other end with missed chances. Therefore, it seems harsh to scapegoat one player for a bad mistake, when several others have also made game changing errors.
Hart has been a good signing, has shown great leadership and has played well for us overall. He has been at fault for very few goals in his Celtic career. Anybody can make a one off mistake. Name a goalkeeper that has never made a blunder in their career, especially when playing out from the back in every single match.
Similarly, McGregor has been a great captain and player for us, meaning he often is (rightly) not chastised for his mistakes, just as Kyogo and Giakouamkis’ missed opportunities rarely bring too much criticism because of the contributions that they have made over the last year. Meanwhile, Maeda is never scapegoated because of his industrious style and admirable work rate.
So it seems unfair and hyperbolic to pick on Joe Hart tonight. It was a howler and that is fine to point out, but let’s not scapegoat him. He will dust himself off and continue to do what he has done best for us, and if Madrid win this evening, then the group remains alive for us.
On the Joe Hart error,obviously it was a bad mistake.However,McGregor cost us the goal in Shaktar & the first one tonight, Kyogo/Maeda and others have cost us goals at the other end with missed chances. So it seems harsh to scapegoat one player when several have made big mistakes
— Liam Kelly (@cfcliamk96) October 5, 2022
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