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Joe Hart on what Celtic are keen to put right before the end of the season

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Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart became the hero against Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-final yesterday after a dramatic Hampden classic.

The Bhoys could not hold off the Dons in normal time or extra time, with goals from Nicolas Kuhn, James Forrest and Matt O’Riley, matched by Bojan Miovski, Ester Solker and Angus MacDonald, leading to a penalty shootout that just was as fascinating as the game itself.

Adam Idah, Luis Palma, O’Riley, Paulo Bernardo, Alistair Johnston and Tomoki Iwata all went home in style; However, Hart had the chance to send Celtic through to the final of the competition with the fifth penalty, although he saw his effort rebound off the post.

Nevertheless, the former England international was not denied a fairytale ending as he saved from Killian Phillips to ensure his side emerged victorious. That led to cheers among the big Hoops supporters who got their money’s worth, it’s fair to say.

Frankly, it doesn’t matter how you progress in Scottish Cup football, and Celtic fans will be riding the pinnacle of positivity for a few more days before dissecting some of the defensive weaknesses exposed during the proceedings .

We now know that Hart’s last game in professional football will be on May 25 against Heart of Midlothian or Rangers, with the match starting at 3pm today in the other semi-final.

Joe Hart on what Celtic are keen to put right this season

Earlier in the campaign, Celtic were knocked out of the Scottish League Cup, away to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park; Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers’ men finished bottom of their Champions League group with four points from six games against Feyenoord, Atletico Madrid and Lazio.

Following yesterday’s events, Hart has indicated that his side are keen to atone for being knocked out of both cup competitions by doing everything they can to complete a domestic double in the Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup.

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He stated (Daily Record): “It is undoubtedly on course for an exciting final, but nothing has been done yet. There are exciting times ahead. The whole season I just wanted to be a part of everything and put myself forward.

“It was disappointing to bow out early in the League Cup, but apart from that we stayed there in the other competitions, with the exception of the Champions League. We’ll go straight to the thread in the competition and then we’ll have a date at the end of the season in the finals.

“We are in a good place, we have a strong team and we just need to keep our focus. We have a good week of training ahead of us and we just have to look forward to Dundee.”

There are six games between Celtic and domestic double glory

Five games after the split add to the Scottish Cup final on May 25 in a crucial period for Celtic, who know they can lift two pieces of silverware to end a rollercoaster campaign under Rodgers.

Admittedly, there will be one or two concerns about the nature of the goals we conceded against Aberdeen yesterday, although we now have a full week of training ahead of us to sort out any underlying issues ahead of the trip to Dundee a week Today.

Celtic will further benefit from yesterday’s final result, which has given the reigning Scottish Premier League champions a chance to secure two trophies this season.

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