Livingston v Celtic – Team news, KO time and where to watch

Celtic travel through to West Lothian today to face David Martindale’s Livingston as the Hoops look to increase their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to 4 points.  The Almondvale Stadium, or the Tony Macaroni Arena as it’s also known, has been far from a happy hunting ground for Celtic in recent years.

Livingston v Celtic – Ange Postecoglou. Photo Andrew Milligan

Ange Postecoglou came a cropper on his first visit last September but the Celtic manager took that on board and it was a very different Celtic performance in March with Celtic winning 3-1 on the way to the title.

Here’s a wee look at Celtic’s overall record at Livingston and a warning that before that decent victory in March, we’d gone 5 games there without a win…

If you are heading through to Livingston this reminder from Celtic SLO John Paul Taylor might be helpful…

Team News

In his update on Friday afternoon Ange Postecoglou confirmed that other than the skipper Callum McGregor, he now has a full squad to choose from. However it’s unlikely that the players returning after injury, Jota, Carl Starfelt and David Turnbull, are likely to be risked on the plastic surface today. And with the formula for winning at Livingston established last time around expect a similar approach from Celtic today.

Joe Hart will be in goals, expect Tony Ralston to get the nod at right back and perhaps Greg Taylor’s experience and form will be preferred to Alexandro Bernabei who struggled at Tynecastle last weekend. Cameron Carter Vickers and Moritz Jenz will be at the centre of the Celtic defence.

With Matt O’Riley continuing in the defensive midfield role we expect to see Reo Hatate and Aaron Mooy as the number 8s while James Forrest, who scored here in March is likely to get the nod ahead of Liel Abada and Giorgos Giakoumakis should start ahead of Kyogo with Sead Hakšabanović on the left hand side of the Celtic attack.

(Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Predicted XI – Hart, Ralston, Taylor, Carter Vickers, Jenz, O’Riley, Mooy, Hatate, Forrest, Giakoumakis and Hakšabanović.

Kick-off Time

Livingston v Celtic kicks off at 12pm and remember the clocks went back last night!

Where to Watch

The game is live on Sky Sports and also on Celtic TV for subscribers watching outside of Britain and Ireland.

About Author

Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.

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