Soccer Football - Champions League - Group F - Real Madrid v Celtic - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - November 2, 2022 Referee Stephanie Frappart talks to Celtic's Joe Hart before Real Madrid's Rodrygo takes a penalty kick REUTERS/Susana Vera

JOE HART captained Celtic in the Bernabeu on Wednesday night, with Carter-Vickers and McGregor both out injured.

He’s come under criticism lately, but one thing that can’t be questioned is his leadership and professionalism. The experience he adds to the Celtic side can not be undervalued.

Joe Hart has played some big games for previous clubs and for his country, but the Englishman insists it was a great experience to captain Celtic on the biggest stage.

Reflecting on Wednesday night, Hart opened up on the amazing experience, admitting it was a dream of his. [The Herald]

“It was amazing.

“I am a professional, but I am always able to remove myself from the person who has a job to do and remember where I am from.

“I remember who I am, where I grew up and what my aspirations were as a kid – to enjoy playing football. To get an opportunity to lead a great club like Celtic out at the Bernabeu? You need to remove yourself and take those moments in.

“It was one of the many amazing things I have been lucky enough to do in my career. I will probably appreciate them all even more when I am not playing football.

“I can never escape the professional in me and ultimately it was a result I was after, not anything else. But right now, that is gone I want to be part of the team on Saturday and keep us pushing at the top of the league.”

He’ll be disappointed with his performance on Wednesday night, with the goalkeeper questioned for a couple of Real Madrid’s goals, especially in the build-up play for the first penalty.

After this season, the keeper still has another year left on his Parkhead contract. He’ll be looking to see out the next 18 months as Celtic’s first-choice keeper, but Ben Siegrist will be pushing him all the way.


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