"Love it"; Joe Hart's Instagram update as Celtic take a big step in Dingwall
Joe Hart has bigged up the performance as he took to Instagram after Celtic bossed Ross County in Dingwall.
Celtic sit just 2 wins from the Premiership title after a colossal 2-0 win over the Staggies in the Highlands. It comes amid plenty of pressure being put on the Celtic players with many questioning them after our Scottish Cup exit to Rangers last weekend.
Yet despite many clearly wishing a slip-up this afternoon, Celtic certainly weren’t ready to oblige. Instead, Ange Postecoglou’s men bossed the game for large spells with a 25th clean sheet of the season for Hart. And as he reacted to the result on Instagram, he bigged up the performance put in by the team today in a potential banana skin of a fixture:
Hart was once again his reliable self as he showed good ball-handling and urgency in getting Celtic out after collecting possession.
In terms of game-saving stops, it was yet another quiet day for the Englishman. Celtic’s backline were strong with Cameron Carter-Vickers and Carl Starfelt repelling the cross-balls that came into the penalty area.
But Joe isn’t wrong – today was certainly a big performance from Celtic and could be a big moment in the title race.
Joe Hart closing in on what he came to Celtic for
When Hart arrived at Parkhead, it was clear that securing the title and being a top dog once more will have been one of his main priorities. He’s now within 2 games of doing just that, and likely 2 games from securing UCL football once again.
There’s just an aura about Hart that’s difficult to describe. He gives Celtic a huge presence in goal and has been a key upgrade on what we had last season. Even in games where he doesn’t have much to do, you always have confidence in him when it comes to doing the basics.
Take today for example. He was hardly overly worked when it came to his shot-stopping. However, he had to be alert to gather the cross balls that came into the box and ensure he sprung Celtic on their counter-attacks with a pace and urgency.
He’s really taken to Ange Postecoglou’s style of play, and you have to credit him for that. For a goalkeeper that’s so often been criticised for his distribution in the past, he’s shown no fear in playing out from the back. No fear in inviting the opposition onto him to help stick to the club’s philosophy.
We’ve also seen major improvements in Hart’s all-round game this season. These days you’re a lot more confident in him playing out from the back whilst the early mistakes made at the start of the campaign haven’t reared their head since.
Words can’t describe just how valuable he’s been for the club this season. Hopefully, he’s ready to shine again when Rangers come to Parkhead next week.