Celtic emerged victorious on Saturday, securing a 3-0 win against Livingston, even after goalkeeper Joe Hart received a red card less than thirty minutes into the game.

Joe Hart
23rd September 2023; Almondvale Stadium, Livingston, Scotland: Scottish Premiership Football, Livingston versus Celtic; Joe Hart of Celtic protests his innocence after referee John Beaton gives him a straight red card

Joe Hart experienced a professional first on Saturday, facing a red card for the first time in his illustrious career. Despite being reduced to ten men early in the match, Celtic showcased exemplary cohesion and a winning mentality to secure a victory away from home.

After the match, Hart expressed his feelings on Instagram, posting a photograph with the caption: “What a team performance @celticfc 💚🍀 apologies for my red card but team and support showed what they are about … top top mentality 🍀.” Hart’s acknowledgement of his team’s relentless spirit and unyielding support exhibited his admiration and gratitude towards Celtic and their ardent fans.

Players and fans responded to the keeper, but one reply stood out from the rest.

Daizen Maeda, whose brilliance was particularly noticeable post-Hart’s dismissal, played an instrumental role in leading Celtic to triumph. Responding to Hart’s post, Maeda commented: “we are family💚,” a simple statement reflecting the unified and familial atmosphere within the squad.


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