“We’re in a good place,” Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart ahead of Livingston trip

Joe Hart spoke to the media today at Celtic’s training camp out at Lennoxtown ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Premiership match away at Livingston. The Celtic goalkeeper spoke about the work that’s been done during the fortnight’s break in domestic football.

Looking forward to Sunday

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“It’s been good and used well. People got some good international minutes and some stayed back and got some good training in. We’re all ready to go, especially the guys who haven’t had internationals as a distraction. We’re looking forward to Sunday.

“We’ve got to take it on like we have done all year. Keep everyone in as good a condition as we possibly can, and have as strong a squad to pick from. We’ll look to attack every game,” Hart says as he looks ahead to Celtic’s playing plan as we go into the business end of the season.

The Englishman confirms that the mood in the Celtic dressing room is very positive indeed.

A few stories to share

“We’re in a good place,” Hart said. “There’s always that kind of fresh feeling after an international break. You spend an awful amount of time with each other so it’s nice to have some time apart.

“There were a few stories to share and moments with good people and getting a few people back fit which means we’re in a good spot.

More than capable

Daniel Kelly speaks with Brendan Rodgers, Celtic v Dundee, Cinch Scottish Premiership, Celtic Park – 28 February 2024. Photo Mark Runnacles/Shutterstock

On Brendan Rodgers being banned from the touchline on Sunday at Livingston, but being clear for Ibrox, Joe Hart recognises the role that John Kennedy is more than capable of handling against David Martindale’s Livingston side.

“It’s the same with the players, you want your best players available, whether that’s your leader or the manager. Sometimes you have situations like this. We are more than capable and he’s had more than long enough to put his message across with what he needs and wants from us.

Rules say that he’s not there

“They’re an incredible coaching staff that has been there for a long while now and that we all feel comfortable with. There’s no doubt we want Brendan (Rodgers) with us in the dugout, but the rules say that he’s not there. He’s going to do everything he possibly can to help us, and that’s no different.

C Brendan Rodgers and assistant John Kennedy attend a team training session at the Celtic Training Centre in Lennoxtown, north of Glasgow on October 24, 2023, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League Group E football match against Atletico Madrid. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

John Kennedy will step in

(the)Rangers will take care of itself in however many days time. The most important game is Livingston. We won’t have Brendan in the dugout with us but John (Kennedy) will step in.

“He’s been personally with me my whole journey here, and he’s definitely got managerial skills from learning from great managers such as Brendan in the past and working with Ange Postecoglou. We look forward to seeing what he’s got.”



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