After his side was defeated 1-0 by Livingston, Celtic’s Joe Hart raised his hands to the fans to thank them for their support.
The fact that Hart played well for Celtic, making outstanding saves from Jack Fitzwater and Alan Forrest, was a telling statistic from yet another poor away day for the club.
As if to apologize to the fans, the club’s acting captain Hart held up his hands to the crowd after the game.
“We had three-quarters of the stadium for an away game and I have never seen that before in my life,” Hart said. “It’s a great occasion to play in, a huge club to play for.
“I don’t think they expect an apology. But we are one. I really feel that at this club. I feel that more than most we represent them and they represent us.
“They have shown up and we didn’t quite bring what they brought to the table.
“I think we need to acknowledge that and if we are going to do anything as a team we need to acknowledge the tougher moments and stick together.”
Celtic’s away record, which has seen them drop points six times already this season, must be improved immediately, according to Hart. For the past seven months, they haven’t beaten Scottish opponents away.
“They are facts and we’ve got to deal with that,” the former Manchester City player said.
“We are not running away from it. But we are trying to build something, what the manager wants from us and what we want.
“We are all on the same page and we are going to keep pushing.
“It’s the start of the season, but we can’t really afford too many more of these – if any.
“But we are all pulling in the same direction and believe that will work for us.”