Livingston will look to frustrate Celtic on Saturday. It’s time for Brendan to remind everyone that he’s an elite football manager…
People always say that the next game after a defeat can’t come quick enough, and for us that is on Saturday afternoon as the Scottish Premiership’s bottom side Livingston travel to Celtic Park to face the league leaders.
Livingston might indeed be struggling at the bottom of the table, but that means nothing in the grand scheme of things. David Martindale, we know, will deploy his usual tactics of stifling us and we will be lucky if we see his side venture over the halfway line.
We shouldn’t under-estimate Livingston in any way as this game means plenty to them too as they fight for their very survival. With so few fans they rely on the Scottish Premiership income and of course the revenue that they receive from the away supports of Celtic and the other mob. Without that it could be curtains for the West Lothian side.
Martindale’s not daft, just as every other manager in the league isn’t, they all know how to play against this Celtic side and Livingston are very good at that, they’ve proved it on many occasions in the past against us, and against Celtic sides much better and higher in confidence than the present one..
But just as Martindale knows how to play against us, Brendan will know all about wee David’s tactical plans before a ball is kicked. He’s got to combat it and be successful, it’s what he’s paid the big bucks for after all.
We need to start the game at a ferocious pace, we’ve got to unsettle them and do our best to grab that all important early goal. If we do just that we will win the game, of that I have no doubts about. But if we start in the same lethargic fashion as we did against Hearts it will be a long uncomfortable afternoon.
Martindale will be telling his players that the longer they keep us from scoring the more the Celtic support will start to get frustrated and the toxic atmosphere we witness last weekend will re-surface and possibly even intensify.
That’s exactly why the Celtic support must show patience and get behind the team to do all we can to get the three points. So on Saturday it’s time for the players, the support and for Brendan to time to step up. We’ve all got a role to play and a league to win.