JOE HART was in front of the press on Friday as Celtic prepare for a trip to Hampden. The Celtic goalie has been superb this season and has been between the sticks for two Glasgow Derby wins.
On the other side of the city, The Rangers played football midweek, playing the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie. Drawing on aggregate after 90 minutes, the Ibrox side had to play another half an hour.
Playing 120 minutes less than three days before playing in a semi-final should disadvantage The Rangers. However, Joe Hart thinks otherwise, believing they are professional athletes and should be able to cope with playing midweek games.
Speaking on Celtic TV, Hart disregarded the narrative that Celtic have the benefit over their rivals, saying;
“They’re professional athletes – they’re built to play twice a week just like we are. I’m sure they’ll be prepared as they need to be.”
Postecoglou has had a whole week with his players as they prepared for the match. Hopefully, the players have benefitted from this and feel fresh heading into the game.
Joe is right; footballers are expected to play twice a week. If this excuse is used after the match on Sunday, it says more about Van Bronkhorst’s side than anything else.