Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart has revealed a vital reason behind the team's recent clean sheet success stems from Lennoxtown training methods.

The Englishman has gone six matches in a row without conceding a goal, the Parkhead side's best run since the 2018-19 campaign, and he was keen to praise the defenders who play in front of him for their part in that.

Yuki Kobayashi, Carl Starfelt and Cameron Carter-Vickers have all featured at centre-back during this run and Hart has nothing but good things to say about his team-mates.

He said: "We work hard as a team and I think that is pretty evident with our counter-press when we get the ball as far away from our goal as possible and we stay alert when that isn't possible."

Hart explained that a big part of the shut-out success is simulating game environments in training.

"We work together and train as we play," he said. "Regularly, when people are asked to come in they have slipped into a difficult system. It does not look like an easy system to walk into but as the manager points out, and we are pretty proud of it, we train as we play.

"We want to make it as seamless as we can come game day. I think the quality of the players also plays a part. You need to give a shoutout to Yuki, Carl, Welshy [Stephen Welsh] and Cam [Carter-Vickers].

"They are all able to adjust and perform when it comes to the big moments."

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Meanwhile, Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has explained how first-team coach Gavin Strachan has improved Reo Hatate's game.

The Japan international was recently left out of the country's squad for the World Cup and the 57-year-old detailed that, while the Hoops playmaker was disappointed, he has used it as motivation to improve.

Part of this development was working closely with Strachan on improving his numbers in the final third.

Postecoglou said: "All the coaches have individual responsibilities and he [Hatate] falls under Gavin Strachan's portfolio. Gavin will be the first to tell you that Reo is always the first in the door after a game asking for feedback.

"He is just that kind of player as he is constantly asking how he can improve and what areas he can get better in. I haven't had too many conversations with him. Usually, when he comes to see me he just wants a clear direction.

"Last year I felt that his fitness levels weren't where they should be and I felt he was dying in the last part of the games and he worked really hard on that. I think he is a lot better this year and a lot stronger.

"He asked me what the next layer was. I said to him for him to be the player he wants to be, and I know he has got it in him as he has always played in an attacking way, he has to have greater attacking output."