Celtic were unlucky not to come away with a point against Betis as they opened their Europa League group stage campaign in Seville.
The Bhoys got off to a bright start with a 2-0 lead that swiftly slipped, before Betis added two more in the second half.
Anthony Ralston got a goal back late on to offer a glimmer of hope to Ange Postecoglou’s side, but it ultimately fell short of what was required to come away with any points in the Spanish city.
Despite shipping four goals, Hart was praised by his former manager Manuel Pellegrini after the game. Hart made 4 key saves in the high-octane affair, impressing his former boss at Manchester City in the process.
His vocal and leader-like command at the back saw the experienced shot-stopper handed the skipper’s armband in the enforced absence of Callum McGregor, and Hart took to his Instagram story to express his delight::
“Very proud to captain this special club tonight. Tough result but we will improve and keep moving forward together.”
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Having been capped 75 times for his country, Hart is experienced at the highest levels of world football and the Shrewsbury-born Englishman boasts a commendable level of experience at 34 years of age.
His presence renders him as a natural fit for the captaincy, and the fact that he knows what an honour it is to captain Celtic should delight fans.