“That’s for the support and that’s what they need to work out,” Joe Hart

Joe Hart’s post-match words at the weekend clearly contradict those who are saying that the support cannot and should not show their collective displeasure with the Celtic board and the most underwhelming transfer window since the Willo Flood shambles in 2009. Poor old Willo Flood, the only Celtic player ever to have had a window named after him, due to the failures of the Celtic board to properly back the manager.

We were ahead in the league that season too but lost it, threw it away really.

Willo Flood

Joe Hart didn’t appear to have had an issue with the banner displayed by Bhoys Celtic at Pittodrie, indeed he appeared rather impressed by its size!  And crucially he confirmed that it did not have any negative impact on the players. The 1-1 draw and the two dropped points weren’t down to the supporters at the game, of which I was one.

We supported the team from start to finish in what was a cold and windy February day in the North East, not sure what else could have been done by the supporters who had one or two chants directed at the Board and the Chairman early on and after the final whistle but in between it was all about the team.

“It’s not a distraction for the players, not at all. We see it, there is no getting away from it – it was a decent-sized banner!” Joe Hart noted. “But that’s for the support and that’s what they need to work out. As players, we stay focused and the management team and staff have a job to do. And we’re fully focused on that,” he added as reported by Football Scotland.

“Ideally, we win that game 4-0 and everybody is smiling and everybody is happy. But it doesn’t work like that. Aberdeen had a lot to prove today and a lot to work on after losing their manager recently. It was always going to be a tough game.

“In the first half, we were very good and could have been out of sight, but weren’t. The second half was then a good game. But the support is there for us. They have come a long way – however far it is from Glasgow – and whoever else people travel from as they do in Europe and around the world. We feel that and appreciate it and put our heart and soul out onto the pitch.

“Sometimes it’s not good enough but we’re not perfect. We’re aspiring for that and we want to give this superb club victories. We train hard every day and we’re given every chance so there is certainly nothing we can complain about as players. We have the opportunity to perform at the top level. It’s up to us to try and do that for 90 minutes on a Saturday and a Wednesday.”

Hart was outstanding in that second half when Celtic’s defensive discipline seemed to fall apart. Indeed Sandman named Joe Hart as his man of the Match in his Definitive Ratings on Saturday evening – well worth a read if you missed it!

READ THIS…Sandman’s Definitive Ratings – Celtic at Wooly-Bully

If Hibs have done their homework they may well adopt similar tactics on Wednesday night at Easter Road where the Celtic support will be larger that the allocation received at Pittodrie, where incidentally there were plenty of ticketless Celtic supporters outside desperate for tickets in a stadium with so many empty seats in the home end.

Scottish football is short of money yet it’s doubtful there’s any other league that comes close as the Scottish Premiership for doing all it can to keep football supporters out of matches. Find a way to fill the stands!

Here’s our Photo Gallery from the game at Pittodrie on Saturday…


About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk


  1. This grievance culture, who said you couldnt say whats on your mind. Clearly that sign said it. Your reaction to a reaction to your speech saying you cant voice your speech. Bonkers!

    Hart isnt exactly going to come on and say “Well, of course we didnt think we should throw the game in solidarity at the veiled threat of the banner that suggested we WILL lose the league because the board hate us but …. u know, the mood can flood out of the stands when its going well, 11th man and all that but nooo, nononono, a bad feeling cant, dont be daft!”

    Did i make u feel the sarcasm?

    Since when do players slaughter their boss, their paymasters n their fans?!

    The market was stagnant due FFP in England, cups in Asia and Africa and we are not swimming in money, our annual outgoings season b4 last was 90m+ n UCL cash isnt guaranteed AND the traditial challenges on the January window.

    A healthy bank balance doesnt mean we buy a team of Messis, even if we doubled our highest ever fee ur talking Leicester City bench warmers NOT really competing at the latter end of the UCL. January windows r always tough, this one was quadruple tough. I wanted a striker to push Kyogo, a left back, a goalie n a winger. 1.5/4.

    Coulda been worse. Didn’t lose anyone worth worrying about. Kuhn looks promising n Idah looks better than Sutty advertised.

    Summer we can speculate when teams arent bare bonsing it til mid Feb. Hopefully we tool up early for an early start to next season.

    Need yo start finishing teams off when we are dominating but that can be about negative variance (bad luck n great oppo performances) not us performing poorly HH

    • Teams pack there box if you shoot ball rebounds some how our midfield misses it then breaks on just like at Pittodrie but how many goals would kyoko score if teams thought like Celtic draws two points lost aberdeen thinks like 99 percent of spl teams a point won you seen it at full time and yet listening to their manager and captain who said we had chances there at home they had 9 men behind the ball yes celtic were slow going forward but we’re making the running whilst aberdeen were feeding of misplace passes then going wide if celtic win ball back there in their on half wide we seen change when Idah an khun came mostly Idah over six foot strong held ball up caused confusion in box by his size and built nearly set O’Riley for winner got assets for knun goal who picked ball up midfiel d passed went wide made good run took pass and scored with box packed with players defenders blocking but ut got through for a deserved goal nearly win it defenders toe deflected O’Riley shot onto post meada back abda ignores that arsehole with Palestinian flag I hope that was some one trying to choke him with it at the end your there for Celtic and those wearing the hoops

  2. If we had bought Miovski like many fans suggested ,then we would most likely have won on sat and be in with a far better chance of winning the league , we are being fed verbal diarrhoea and yet some are gulping it down like nectar, ie , not a single left back in world football available that would be an upgrade on our current one , Hail hail .

    • Our most read article last week was the one urging Celtic to sign Miovski ahead of the window closing. Early September we also posted an article saying Owen Beck could solve our left back problem and that was before he played at Celtic Park.