JOE HART was the Celtic fall guy when he failed to get pass marks in the 3-1 Champions League loss to RB Leipzig in Germany.
It was the experienced 75 times-capped England international keeper who made the costly error to gift the hosts a second goal to turn the game away from the Hoops.
Hart’s mishit pass, aimed for Greg Taylor, went straight to Dominik Szoboszial who thrust the ball in front of Andre Silva who rolled an effort past the stranded netminder in the 64th minute.
OOPS…Joe Hart is only moments from disaster as he misplaces his pass which led to the second goal.
It was an x-certificate moment for the 35-year-old Hoops No.1 and the encounter was over as a contest 13 minutes later when the same player finished off a counter-attack with a simple tap-in at the far post for the killer third goal.
Ange Postecoglou refused to blame Hart while on-loan defender Moritz Jenz was also quick to exonerate his team-mate.
The German centre-back insisted the passing game is the way ahead and said: “It’s the way we want to play. We want to play brave football and be exciting.
“Sometimes things are going to happen in these moments like they did against Leipzig. But you have to have the courage to play these passes in these situations.
“Unfortunately, there was one like that, but we are going to play like in the next game, then the next game and every game like that until the end of the season. That’s how we play.
THREE AND OUT…Moritz Jenz is too late to prevent Andre Silva from making it 3-1 with Joe Hart helpless.
“At the end, it was, of course, not the result that we wanted. We were in the game in the first half. It was very end to end and there were chances and big chances.
“We needed to take them early because then the game may have been a different result.
“But they scored the second goal when we tried to play out and be risky and then they got the third one after that.”
Jenz, speaking to The Herald, added: “We just have to move on. We have to think about the next match and keep working hard.
“We’ll continue at home for the next game against St Johnstone and then be ready for the next Champions League game at home at Celtic Park.”
RB Leipzig are due in Glasgow on Tuesday for what has now become a must-win Group F confrontation for Postecoglou and his players.