Stunned Neil Lennon was left in disbelief by Joe Hart as he palmed the opening goal into the net for Feyenoord during a nightmare opening to the Champions League group stage for the Hoops.
Calvin Stengs whipped a free-kick into the back of the net from 30 yards out as the ball was allowed beyond the wall by Kyogo Furuhashi and bounced in front of the veteran goalkeeper, who could only palm the ball into the net at De Kuip to allow the Dutch champions to take the lead just before half time. Things got worse for the visitors in the second period as Gustaf Lagerbielke and Odin Thiago Holm were both shown red before Alireza Jahanbakhsh climbed off the bench to net a second.
But it was the Celtic number one that caught flak from Lennon for his costly mistake – and on Sky Sports Lennon could barely believe what he was watching. The former Parkhead captain and manager said: “Oh no! No, no, no, no, no. I’ve got no idea how it’s gone in and Joe Hart doesn’t save it.
“It’s whipped in by Stengs around the wall, it bounces in front of Joe…it’s such a poor goal for us to give away. You’re expecting a goalkeeper of the calibre of Joe Hart to save that.
“It’s not even high, it’s gone round the wall, and you gotta expect Joe to save that. He’s got his hands to it…he should save that, Joe. It’s such a disappointment.
The former England international would go on to save a penalty from Igor Paixao. Lennon would state: “It’s a poor penalty, but he has saved it. So it’s redemption for Joe.”