Current form is not required to provide a bit of nervousness for visits to the Tony Macaroni. Our three visits since 2007 have returned two draws and a defeat to Livingston, Callum McGregor and Tom Rogic’s goals on our last visit are the only times we have scored in that period.
Having watched Livingston and Hibs face an equally depleted Celtic in recent days, it was clear which team is stronger, although my interpretation is not supported by the bookies odds on which of them is more likely to lift the League Cup. Livingston failed to win their first game in nine against Celtic, for any team, they are remarkably strong.
Plastic has not been our friend in West Lothian or Ayrshire, while indiscipline, in the form of a red card-inducing lunge by Ryan Christie last season didn’t help either. Both factors can be mitigated.
Our recent visits to Livingston and their current form have no relevance for Celtic tonight. We have a significantly stronger squad who have a point to prove. All that frustrated energy that was evident in Neil Lennon and no doubt exists with the players has an outlet. No excuses tonight, Celtic, get the job done.