JOE HART continues the countdown to the conclusion of his three-year Celtic career with a visit to Livingston tomorrow.

The evergreen keeper, who will celebrate his 37th birthday next month, has eight Premiership games to play before nearing the end of a spectacular 20-year career.

Hart, capped 75 times by England, hopes to have a last hurrah when the holders play in the Scottish Cup Final on May 25 at Hampden – if, of course, they overcome the Aberdeen hurdle in the semi.

The former Manchester City No.1 is looking forward to his last-ever match on the dodgy plastic in West Lothian and said: “We’ve got to keep everyone in as good a condition as we possibility can, have as strong a squad to pick from and look to attack every game.

HEART TO HART…the Celtic keeper is a man on a mission in the season countdown.

“We’re in a good place. There’s always that fresh feeling after an international. You spent a lot of time together, so it’s nice to have some time apart.

“There’s no doubt we’re at our best when we’ve got everyone available and the manager’s got decisions on who he wants to pick in every single position.

“We’re strong when everyone is fit and we’re getting towards that point and that’s an exciting place to be with such a potentially exciting end to the season.”

Hart refused to look too far forward to the visit to Ibrox a week tomorrow and, speaking to Celtic TV, added: “The most important game is Livingston.

“We won’t have Brendan in the dug-out with us, but John Kennedy will step in. My whole journey’s been with him and he’s an exceptional coach.

“He’s definitely got managerial skills from learning from great managers such as Brendan and working with Ange.

“We’ll just concentrate on what you can take care of, and right now that’s training sessions and then, obviously, on Sunday, we’ve got a very important game.

“We’re all looking forward to being involved in it.”

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