Hatate, Jenz, Hart and more take to Instagram after Celtic defeat to Real Madrid

By John McGinley

September 7, 2022

Celtic stars have been reacting to last night’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Real Madrid, almost all of them exuding gratitude for the support offered by fans at the game.

Despite losing to the reigning European champions, the close to 60,000 home fans in attendance were resolute with their appreciation for the players and manager. At the end of the match, there were choruses of singing and chanting for the group.

Joe Hart referenced the backing from fans in an Instagram post today, stating: “Last night, the atmosphere was out of this world. Truly special. We missed a chance as a team to make it even better, we will keep working and learning. Let’s go again Saturday.”

Josip Juranovic, meanwhile, said: “Thank you for unbelievable support! We keep working.”

Moritz Jenz was left buzzing by his Champions League debut, stating: “Playing my first Champions League game against last years winners was incredible, but playing for this club, with this team and these fans was truly the best feeling on earth. We never stop!”

Liel Abada also paid tribute to the fans, said: “Not the result we wanted last night but what a special atmosphere at Celtic Park!”

As did battling striker Giorgos Giakoumakis, who posted: “Champions League nights are magical… Great effort from the team but unfortunately not the result we wanted! Best fans in the world.”

Reo Hatate fulfilled a life goal, with a simple post that said: “Dream time! Keep going!”

The players will not have been disheartened by last night. I don’t think it will have a lasting effect on morale or how we approach games going forward. In anything, it might embolden some of them.

The next four matches in the group are huge, but almost in a different way. There’s less glamour but I don’t think the matches against Shakhtar Donetsk or RB Leipzig will be any easier.

Postecoglou will be drilling that into the players over the next week, as they reflect on a special night for themselves personally. Lessons must be learned.

In other news, Chris Sutton responds to Ange Postecoglou English Premier League chatter with firm Celtic verdict.