Celtic duo Joe Hart and Nir Bitton share class Insta exchange on brilliant Motherwell moment

By David Walton

October 17, 2021

Celtic pair Joe Hart and Nir Bitton have shared a class Instagram exchange on the former’s big first-half scare at Fir Park yesterday.

Motherwell came out the blocks against the Hoops as they tried to put Ange Postecoglou’s side under some early pressure. They were pressing high and awaiting any mistakes from the Celtic backline as they played it out of defence.

This led to a worrying moment where Hart was caught on the ball with Jordan Roberts chasing him down. As the ball got stuck under the Celtic goalkeeper’s feet, he showed brilliant footwork to flick the ball beyond Roberts and remove the pressure. And as Hart published a photo of the incident on Instagram, Bitton was quick to respond:

Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart’s Instagram

In the end, Celtic would seal the win thanks to goals from Jota and David Turnbull in either half. It’s a win that moves the Hoops up to 4th in the Scottish Premiership table.

As for Hart, it was the only thing in the match he truly had to do. The Celtic goalkeeper didn’t have a save to make as he was kept unworked for the first time this season.

Everything about Fir Park yesterday was big for the club. Now, it’s all about whether we can take the momentum and run with it before the November international break.

Joe Hart sticking to Ange Postecoglou principles

It would’ve actually been easier for Hart to simply slice the ball away and relieve the pressure for a moment. Even if it was put out for a throw-in or corner-kick, he could’ve been forgiven.

But credit to him. The Hoops shot-stopper decided to stick by the Postecoglou principles of playing out from the back. He still believed he had control of the situation and, ultimately, he got what he was after.

It also shows the level of confidence Hart is operating at. Yes, he only has 7 clean sheets out of a possible 16. But that’s hardly been down to the former England international. It’s clear that he’s still feeling good about himself.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

He was actually one of the players you felt most delighted for yesterday. He deserved to have a shutout to his name just as he should’ve had at Pittodrie. Even if there are still some glitches there, you can see this is a Celtic defence that’s starting to settle nicely.

Having Hart’s experience behind CCV and Carl Starfelt is proving to be an immense tool. Nothing fazes him, and it shows in moments such as his piece of Fir Park skill.

Not that it’s something we want to be seeing too regularly mind!

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