JOE HART has offered no excuses for Celtic’s loss to Livingston, and says that their style of play will count for nothing if it doesn’t come along with wins.

The Celtic goalkeeper dismissed any notion that their third loss on the road already this term can be put down to needing time for this new group of players to gel.

And he says that the Celtic players must find a way to grind out results at places like Livingston if they are to have any chance of maintaining a title challenge.

“Look, there are no excuses,” Hart said. “We know what our job is. We know where we stand in this league.

“You can ask for time but we have rocked up for an away game with three-quarters of the support, so there are plenty of things in our favour.

“Any team throughout the world [needs to grind out results]. We know that. We’re not under any illusions that we can just turn up and play.

“Nice football, full-backs on the inside, all of that kind of thing, that doesn’t guarantee you are going to win.

“It’s not through lack of effort, it really isn’t. It was just one of those days when we just couldn’t find the right chance.

“It would be easy for me to say if we score it would be a different game and a different atmosphere but we didn’t. And those are the facts and that’s what we are trying to deal in.

“Playing nice football, yes we want to do that, but we want to do it for a reason - because we are trying to win the game.”

Hart says that Celtic’s away form is something they need to address after losing three from three games away from home.

“They are facts and we’ve got to deal with that,” he 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.”