Joe Hart reveals special Stevie Woods request he asked for before Celtic vs Rangers Scottish Cup Final

Joe Hart has revealed the special request he asked of Celtic goalkeeping coach Stevie Woods before the Scottish Cup Final win over Rangers last season.

The Englishman opted to retire at the end of the campaign and played his final game for the club in their narrow 1-0 win over their fierce rivals thanks to Irishman Adam Idah. It was an emotional afternoon for Hart, 37, who felt the love and adulation from the support throughout.

The punters even held aloft a tifo for their hero during the action but it was before the game where Hart had asked mentor Woods to do him a solid.

“I pulled him (Woods) about 25 minutes into the warmup”, he told the High Performance Podcast. “I’d been emotional with him previously when I was going to finish.

“I said, ‘I feel really uncomfortable, everything feels right’. I said, ‘Just keep me grounded’, he was like, ‘You are, but I will’.

“I was welling up in the warmup and I said, ‘Just keep me grounded’ because I’m enjoying it, but I’m aware.”

We told yesterday how Hart had become a massive fan of the Green Brigade and vowed to be part of the ultras group in their safe standing corner.