Livi goalkeeper lifts lid on post-match gesture from Celtic's Joe Hart and Stevie Woods

By David Walton

September 23, 2021

Livingston goalkeeper Max Stryjek has opened up on the classy post-match gesture from Joe Hart on Sunday, as he also credited Celtic goalkeeping coach Stevie Woods for congratulating him.

Stryjek was in decent form for the Lions as they beat Celtic 1-0. Andrew Shinnie scored the only goal of the game, with the Celtic supporters furious with the lack of imagination shown by the Hoops in the final third.

Hart, meanwhile, was one of the only players to come out with any credibility for their performance. He made a fine stop either side of the break to avoid a real humiliation. However, he also seems to be gaining a reputation for the private gestures he shows.

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St Mirren goalkeeper Jak Alnwick told of the pep-talk he received from Hart during a pasting at Parkhead. And now Stryjek has his own story to tell about the former England number one.

As quoted by Polish outlet Meczyki, Stryjek said: “We gave a high five, we talked for a while, we exchanged t-shirts. He kept his class. He admitted that we deserved the victory.

“Almost all Celtic players went straight to the dressing room – including Josip Juranović – and he [Hart] went to thank his fans and was able to congratulate us. Their goalkeeping coach [Stevie Woods] was fine too, he praised me for my good performance and wished me good luck.”

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Joe Hart again shows his class as Stevie Woods joins in

This is great to see. Yet another sign of the man Hart is away from the competitive action. Despite it being a disappointing day for the Hoops, he had the humility to take note of Stryjek’s display.

What’s even more classy about it is the fact that the Livingston goalkeeper didn’t actually have an awful lot to do. Outside of tipping an Albian Ajeti effort wide, he was largely untroubled. That was one of the major problems Celtic fans had with the performance.

It’s becoming clear that Hart is a major leader in this Celtic dressing room. The fact he was the only one to thank the fans post-match too – and that’s another discussion that needs to be had – is a sign of that leadership.

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It’s starting to look incredible that anyone even doubted this signing. He’s showing what an asset he is to the cause on and off the pitch.

Not only that, but Hart appears to have caught the Celtic bug. He’s fitting into his new role superbly, and even this early he’s one of the most popular players at the football club.

Hopefully, he can start getting the wins and clean sheets that his performances deserve. When it comes to Celtic players you feel sorry for, Hart is at the top of the list.

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