One of Celtic’s most important games of the season


Livingston took the lead at Aberdeen midweek, before the home side scored twice and took the points.  That was Livi’s only goal in eight games, a run stretching back two months.  Since Celtic’s win at the Plastic Pasta Stadium in September, Livi have scored only three goals in 13 games.  I have no record of how many corner kicks they have won in that time, but it we don’t concede one tomorrow, the defence will surely keep a clean sheet.

What Livingston will concentrate on is defending – an objective they obsess with even in prosperous times.  Last weekend, Kilmarnock, fresh from a win over Celtic, were unable to break the Livi defence and were ultimately lucky to leave with a point (a penalty kick was not enough of a chance for Livingston to score a fourth in 13 games).

Brendan Rodgers has had a rare week to work with the squad and attempt to arrest a precipitous slide which has seen Celtic give up a healthy lead at the top of the table.  In more normal times, tomorrow’s game would be an opportunity to rest some and give a run out to fringe players.  Instead, this is one of Celtic’s most important games of the season and one of the biggest games in the rest of Brendan’s career.  Complaining about the squad after defeat to Hearts is one thing, but it will not wash if points are dropped to Livi.

I am confident that will not happen.  The players will sufficiently find their former equilibrium to get back on track.  It will be a relief when the points are safe, though.

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  1. the hubs have the highest difference between fouls committed and fouls suffered in the EL this season but don’t have the highest fouls to yellow cards ratio

  2. CELTIC: Hart, A.Johnston, Carter-Vickers, Scales, Taylor, McGregor, O’Riley, Bernardo, Maeda, Kyogo, Palma.


    Subs: Bain, Yang, Turnbull, Oh, Kwon, Forrest, Ralston, Welsh, M.Johnston



    Big Jimmy







    hope you have went in heavy on your favourite trainer today!





    YES Mate, I have.


    My favourite ” JUMPS” Trainer has had THREE WINNERS outta Three runners so far Today.


    I got the EARLY Prices of…7/1, 6/1 and 9/4.



    He has a Horse called ” CHAMP” later at Ascot….AND THREE Runners in the 3.35 Race at Ascot.



    IF ” CHAMP” Wins I will be waiting on ONE of his Horses in the 3.35 at Ascot ?


    Its already a very good day….hopefully to get even better ?


    HH mate.

  4. glendalystonsils on




    Thanks for that . Not bad business then . Quite right too about Ferguson’s thugs – acting to instructions. No red card either .

  5. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    I’ve noticed that the pro’Board conservatives on there are those most likely to personally insult those they disagree with. “Sad sack”, “absolute eejit” etc.



    As hominem attacks being sure and certain sign you’re incapable of constructing a winning argument.



    Small men masquerading as wannabe bullies. The smallest.

  6. PeterLatchfordsBelly on

    PS check out that bench today and tell me the Lawwells aren’t in it for the money. Give Paul Larkin’s latest podcast a listen if you want to really understand what drives them.

  7. lets all do the huddle on

    He has a Horse called ” CHAMP” later at Ascot




    hes been a geat nag over the years. JPs horse named after AP obviously!



    tough ask for it today tho.



    best of luck as always 🐎👍

  8. I don’t get why we’re going with a back 4 against a team that has scored just 2 goals in the last decade. We could probably get away with just leaving CCV as a sweeper with Ralston and Scales just ahead of him and Hart having the day off to take his Mrs Christmas shopping.



    Get Oh on up front with Kyogo, Maeda and Palma wide, possibly switching sides from time to time to confuse the two five man defensive lines. Then have Calmac, O’Reilly and Turnbull running amok in midfield effectively playing 5-a-side one touch passing through the lines, with Turnbull always an option from range.



    With a ten man defensive wall and the Livi players scared to venture across the halfway line, our front players have to run at their defenders with the ball at their feet and/or be playing quick one touch passes into that area, and when we don’t manage to get cleanly through, adopt the Hun tactic of going to ground at the merest hint of contact and encouraging them to grab our shirts at set pieces. As with the Huns, I’m sure the VARs will be happy to award us 2 or 3 penalties when the ref fails to see any of the blatant offending.



    Then again…

  9. My very simple point is this …for every league title we have won and indeed every cup ..we have won it on merit and with absolutely NO assistance …the same cannot be said for Sevco 🤔

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