LIVI BOSS TIPS CELTS FOR TREBLE

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LIVINGSTON boss Gary Holt laid the plans for his team to lock out Celtic in the goalless draw in West Lothian yesterday.

The solitary point was enough to take the seven-in-a-row champions to the top of the Premiership for this first time this season..

The Hoops, who also failed to score against Hearts and St Mirren in the league this term, lead the Tynecastle side on goal difference, but have a game in hand over Craig Levein’s outfit.

And Holt reckons Brendan Rodgers’s men will remain at the pinnacle for the remainder of the campaign. He is also tipping the Parkhead side to claim both the Scottish and Betfred League Cups for a remarkable third successive clean sweep of domestic silverware.

The Livi gaffer admitted: “They’re an exceptional side, they will go on and win the treble.”

He added: “My players were immense. Brendan will probably say the same about his. It was a really good game of football.

“My keeper has produced some great saves, but it’s his job, it’s what he’s paid to do. Would I have wanted him a bit less busy? Aye. But we had chances, as well.

“Liam deserves the praise he’s getting and the credit. You just hope others are taking note because I believe he should be on the fringes or in the squads for people to see what he’s about, expose him to international football.

“He’s up there with the youngest and best keepers in the league.”

Celtic shotstopper Craig Gordon was forced to pull out of Alex McLeish’s Scotland pool for the Euro Nations game against Albania on Saturday and Israel at Hampden a week tomorrow.

Scott Bain, who deputised for his injured team-mate yesterday, got the nod from the international manager to step in as his replacement.

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