The unseen moment of class from Joe Hart after Luis Palma misfires

Luis Palma missed two chances to score from the spot in Celtic’s first half against Ross County. The Honduran winger was denied by George Wickens, who got down well to block the effort to the Ross County goalkeeper’s right. As the County players lauded their ‘keeper, referee Alan Muir halted play as he consulted with VAR.

After dialogue with the officials at Clydesdale House, the penalty was re-awarded with encroachment in the box. Surprisingly, Palma looked for the ball straight away. The player, who missed against Motherwell earlier this season, stepped up with Wickens in the way once more and a replica of his first penalty followed with the same result.

Palma looked upset, as is to be expected when a player misses two penalties in a game that his team haven’t got going; however, he was consoled by Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart, who made the most of a break in play to come forward and comfort his teammate. It appeared to work and since then, Palma has been trying to beat his man and make something happen.

It wasn’t to be for Palma as Celtic trundled towards three points. Hopefully, the winger won’t let the misfiring on Saturday impact and take the reassurances from Hart and the rest of his teammates.

About Author

Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.


  1. The big issue is Celtic way of playing is been hindered not by opposition but by a poor pitch it makes passing shooting crossing all why ball is bouncing across unleved surface its slows us down makes us look poor ok dosent stop a player missing two spot kicks well goal keeper saved them first was a good save second was poor penalty but we can’t play our game on this pitch has to be the main thing to be addressed we have good players good coach who plays the way we like 60,000 season book holders many more in waiting list but this pitch £2million it cost is it soil or is it getting enough sun is it wet weather yet firpark looks good looks like moss if so not enough sunlight sort it or we will never see celtic players at there best fast passing football

    • Patrick McLaughlin on

      How many more excuses for the state of parks,kilmarnock,livi any good player can play on a bed of nails.just watch the lisbon lions played on,or have a look at barrowfield then,as Wee Bertie said on the walk to Barrowfield we bet on the depth of the mud.

  2. We’ve been struggling to convert penalties for years.
    Here’s a novel idea, get the players in and tell them to pick a corner and get them to hammer the ball into that corner. No shuffles or stuttering run ups. Simply run up and leather the ball into the choosen corner.
    As for our playing surface: it’s been a joke for years. Surface like a rice pudding, large patches with no grass. If we can’t get the grass to grow why are we cutting what’s there.
    Rodgers complained about the playing surface when he was here the first time and nothing has changed. The surface has been relaid at least twice since then to great fanfare but by the next winter we’re back to square one.