Joe Hart was outstanding for Celtic in last night’s 2-0 win over Kilmarnock in the League Cup semi-final at a cold and wet Hampden Park. Derek McInnes had his side on the front-foot from the start and English goalkeeper was the main reason Celtic didn’t fall behind before presumably the Kilmarnock manager parked the bus.
Afterwards, speaking to Celtic TV the Celtic keeper said:
“It was tough tonight. Conditions weren’t great and that pitch is horrendous but we always find a way. It’s enjoyable playing in this team, the boys in front of me try their best to ensure I don’t have much to do but when I do have to do things I try my best to get there.
“As a squad, to make another final, it’s an exceptional effort from all of us. Every one of us has their own things to deal with and stuff on their plate but the minute we pull on this shirt we get out there and get the job done.”
Joe Hart can put his feet up this afternoon and watch with interest the second semi-final between Aberdeen and theRangers which looks like being played in much better weather conditions but on a badly ploughed up pitch, something that Ange Postecoglou noted in his post-match interviews.
“We did what we do best. We kept playing, we defended when we needed to and we scored the goals when we needed to,” the Celtic goalkeeper said.
Here’s Joe Hart speaking to Celtic TV…
And here’s Sandman’s ratings for the Celtic goalkeeper from his Definitive Ratings posted this morning on The Celtic Star…
ROXIE – 8/10 – Phew. When you need him, the big guy’s right there. Sharp as a Peaky Blinder to pull of a tremendous early save on the slidey surface. Thereafter, two really good stops to blunt Killie hope. On occasions like these, you see whose got the balls; or who’s capable of stopping them. Splendid.