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Footage shows Joe Hart had to dragged away from Hearts fans after conceding penalty

Footage shows Joe Hart had to dragged away from Hearts fans after conceding penalty

Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart squared up Hearts fans at the weekend.

Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart was involved in a heated exchange with Hearts supporters after he conceded a penalty during Sunday's clash at Tynecastle.

It was a fiery, but memorable, afternoon in Edinburgh as goals from Jorge Grant and Lawrence Shankland dented Celtic's ambitions in the Scottish Premiership title race.

Adam Idah missed a penalty for the visitors with 13 minutes played and moments later, Yang Hyun-Jun had a yellow card for a high boot upgraded to red.

Things then went from bad to worse for Brendan Rodgers' side when referee Don Robertson pointed to the spot after the ball hit Tomoki Iwata's outstretched arm.

And midfielder Jorge Grant sent Hart the wrong way with a neat finish.

Image credit: Getty
Image credit: Getty

After being beaten from 12 yards, former England international Hart went over to collect the ball but a fan launched the ball at his chest, which sparked an angry confrontation.

The 36-year-old, who recently announced his decision to retire at the end of the season, continued to engage with the Hearts support before teammate Cameron Carter-Vickers jogged over.

Vickers can be seen dragging Hart away from the scene as the celebrations continued.

Hart is believed to have called Hearts forward Lawrence Shankland a "s****bag" after he stepped aside to let Jorge Grant take the spot kick.

Shankland refused to repeat what Hart had mouthed in his post-match interview, calling it "banter".

He said: "I don’t think I could say that! But, no, Joe was obviously having a bit of banter. He was clearly expecting me to take the penalty and had probably studied me all week.

“So I think it probably threw him a bit when Jorge hit it, which can sometimes be a good thing but previous to now, I had hit the last two penalties, but Jorge wasn’t on the pitch.

“He hit one after I’d missed three in a row against Aberdeen and scored. So there’s no reason for him not to take them when he’s on the pitch.

“It’s something I’m quite comfortable with and there was no bickering about it, I was pretty happy for him to go and score."

Image credit: Getty
Image credit: Getty

Shankland added: “It probably threw Hart, he would’ve made his mind up where he was going if I was taking the penalty, studied it a bit.

“But Jorge went up composed and scored. It’s just part and parcel of the game. I would have probably have said the same thing to Joe.

“A couple of the outfield players had asked if I’d bottled it as well.

"There’s always that bit of banter between the players on the pitch. But I was confident in Jorge to go and score.”

Featured Image Credit: X/@KerryFail

Topics: Celtic, Scottish Premiership, Joe Hart