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James McFadden lauded Joe Hart on BBC Scotland’s Sportscene (25/11, 19:00) for the Celtic goalkeeper’s role in Filipe Jota scoring at Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League.

Ange Postecoglou’s side lost 3-2 at the BayArena on Thursday, so will be playing Europa Conference League football after Christmas.

But the Bhoys had chances to take their Group G hopes to the final day, having led in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Jota put Celtic ahead on 56-minutes, after Josip Juranovic converted a penalty to cancel out Robert Andrich’s early opener.

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However, Andrich would emphatically beat Hoops shot-stopper Hart again eight-minutes from time, before Moussa Diaby thumped a 20-yard volley home.

The winger’s strike sealed the win for Bayer Leverkusen and ended Celtic’s hopes of Europa League progression, which Jota maintained after great work from Hart between the posts.

Hart was heroic to produce a fine double save to block Diaby and dive at Amine Adli’s feet.

He then launched the ball to James Forrest in Leverkusen territory, who helped Celtic move into the box.

Former Bhoys full-back Jeremie Frimpong’s slip then allowed Kyogo Furuhashi to find Jota, who left Leverkusen ‘keeper Lukas Hradecky helpless.

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McFadden praises Hart role in Jota goal as Celtic lose to Leverkusen

Former Scotland forward McFadden loved Hart’s role in Jota putting Celtic ahead at Bayer Leverkusen. With the £1m summer signing from Tottenham showing why his role is key.

“What a goal that is!” McFadden enthused. “Talk about the importance of having a confident goalkeeper – Joe Hart was exceptional to start the move.”

Hart has been impressive throughout his time at Celtic, and had to play well to keep Bayer Leverkusen from running up the scoreline to end the Hoops’ hopes a lot earlier.

But Postecoglou will know he cannot rely solely on the 34-year-old to hold out opponents. As for all of Hart’s work in North Rhine-Westphalia, Leverkusen found a way to win.

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