Livingston manager Davie Martindale will take his side to Celtic Park tomorrow looking to avoid defeat for the third successive time against the Hoops. The two draws at the start of the year were played out in strange circumstances. Celtic had to play the first game at Celtic Park on 16 January with most of the first team unavailable due to the Covid restrictions that apparently apply to Celtic and some other clubs but not it seems to theRangers.
The ‘added value’ that many would like to see coming from the Celtic Boardroom is for Peter Lawwell to grow a pair and call out this cheating once and for all.
Then just four days later Celtic had some players back for the trip to the Tony Macaroni but were denied a victory by a combination of a freak snow storm, some rank rotten defending and Scott Brown getting send off, somewhat harshly it has to be said (see above point on Lawwell and ask yourself if theRangers captain would have seen red in similar circumstances. Indeed there have been NO red cards and NO penalties awarded against that mob at all all season long and now they are manipulating the covid rules aided by the SFA and presumably the new Rangers supporting Compliance Officer – what say you Peter Lawwell?)
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Martindale, who has worked a minor miracle at Livingston this season to earn a top six spot and a place in the League Cup Final (where they lost to St Johnstone) has been talking about the Celtic captain, as this is the last ever time that Scott Brown will play against his side as the captain of Celtic.
“I think Scott Brown, the career he has had and what he has done for Celtic, is monumental,” Martindale stated, as reported by Scottish Sun. “He will be trying to make sure to end his career with the club on a high. That’s the type of character he is.
“Brown is a Scottish Roy Keane. He has similar attributes in how he goes about his business, and he is a leader on the park. Every opposition manager hates him and every manager who has worked with Brown loves him.
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“That’s what you want, he is certainly the type of player I would love to have at Livingston. When the opposition manager hates you then you are doing your job right.
“Keane was a dying breed. I don’t think there are many like him coming through youth academies now. I think of your characters like Keane, and Brown is similar, he is a leader on the park and makes the team tick.
“I don’t think there are boys like them now. It gets coached out of them in youth academies. Someone like Paul Gascoigne would not last long in a youth academy in the modern-day game. If he did come through he wouldn’t be the same character,” the Livi boss stated.
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Davie Martindale also gave his thoughts on the speculation surrounding both Roy Keane (which has subsided in recent weeks) and Eddie Howe becoming the next Celtic manager and he has some insight within the Livingston camp on the former Bournemouth boss.
“I would love to have Keane as the Celtic manager, what an argument that would be! That would be box office stuff. I don’t know a lot about Eddie Howe, but Mark Burchill and Marvin Bartley speak highly of him.
“I’d be delighted if he was the next Celtic boss, as it brings another good name and a good tactician to Scottish football. Howe is a young, progressive manager and it would be good to have someone of that stature here.
“If it is Howe or Keane, then either of these guys would be brilliant for our game for different reasons.”
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