IT took Joe Hart a lifetime in football and 737 games before he saw red.
The 36-year-old 75 times-capped England keeper was ordered off for the first time in his illustrious career in Celtic’s 3-0 win over Livingston in West Lothian on Saturday.
And Hart was red-carded for the second time in three days as he lined up with his colleagues for the official team photograph for the 2023/34 campaign.
John Beaton, the referee who was quick on the draw to banish the experienced custodian in the 29th minute at Livi, was nowhere to be seen on this occasion.
SEEING RED…Joe Hart’s expression may indicate he doesn’t quite see the humorous side of Benji Siegrist’s red-card prank at the official Celtic team group shoot at Lennoxtown. Image courtesy Celtic TV.
The role was taken over by back-up shotstopper Benji Siegrist who decided to prank his Parkhead pal as he waved a red card in his direction.
It’s not known if Hart saw the funny side of the Swiss custodian’s gesture!
Scott Bain took over the gloves against David Martindale’s side and kept a clean sheet for over an hour as the champions eased to three points with goals from Reo Hatate (pen), Matt O’Riley and Daizen Maeda.
The former Scotland international No.1 is likely to get the nod again from Brendan Rodgers to face Motherwell in the 12.30pm kick-off at Fir Park on Saturday while Siegrist will be among the stand-by squad for the first time this season.