Celtic Beat Livingston to Restore Four Point Lead

Celtic at the top

Celtic recovered their four-point lead in the Scottish Premiership after a three-goal thriller at Livingston.

Kyogo Furuhashi knocked a shot towards Jack Hamilton’s near post after being spotted by Greg Taylor early in the game as well as the left-back’s piledriver underwent the goalkeeper’s legs after the break.

Giorgos Giakoumakis missed the visitors’ last penalty after a VAR testimonial of Andrew Shinnie’s handball, while fellow alternative Jota scored Celtic’s 3rd objective.

The win lifted Celtic out of Rangers’ domination and there were couple of questions at a location where they have actually been having a hard time of late.

Close range

Livingston threatened to prolong those woes early on yet Joel Nouble fell short to get sufficient shots on target from a very early free-kick and also it cost the residence side dearly.

Celtic pushed forward and Taylor put Keogo into package and also the Japanese demonstrator headed the sphere past Hamilton.

Halfway via the very first half, Kyogo came on once more, yet Jack Fitzwater did well to shut out his shot.

James Forrest cut in from the right and fired a reduced shot wide, and also teammate Aaron Moue went similarly close from the within left.

Taylor’s effective shot was blocked by Hamilton at the beginning of the second half, but the left-back’s following effort was unstoppable.

It was a remembrance situation for Livingston as an attracting opening turned into a goal-scoring concession.

Jason Holt’s control let him down after Noble discovered him in the Celtic fine area and also the site visitors broke through. Taylor was ready to attack after Livi’s initiative to clear their defence and his shot went through a host of gamers and also Hamilton.

An error by the goalkeeper allowed Forrest to obtain the sphere, however he recouped with the prompt intervention of Nicky Devlin.

Jota returned from injury unemployed and made a prompt effect, his cross hitting the outstretched hand of Cynny. A fine was awarded after referee Willie Collum evaluated the video, but Jakoumakis’ shot struck the beyond the left post.

But it really did not matter as Celtic soon included in their tally when replacement David Turnbull crossed for Jota to finish from close range.

Player of the Suit – Greg Taylor

Livingston’s perseverance does not repay – Evaluation

After leading Rangers to stoppage time recently, Livingston were prepared to bide their time in attack in the hope of keeping Celtic in check at the other end.

Nouble’s task was to hold the round and draw Cameron Carter-Vickers right into contention. This came to fulfillment as Carter-Vickers won the free kick and at some point received a yellow card.

Nonetheless, Nouble’s early opportunities, Stephen Kelly’s reduced shot that fell under the arms of Joe Hart and Holt’s bad touch on top of the secret were all they might muster up in the last 3rd.

The trick to Livingston’s connection at Ibrox was their capacity to defend the pass. Celtic rarely decreased that path, preferring instead to go through their challengers in the central area, as exemplified by the opening objective and also several of their better possibilities.

The champions were experienced, otherwise stunning, against a side established not to be the side that scored Celtic’s last hefty points.

However, having actually gone down just 3 factors in a feasible 36 video games this period and also an overall of 9 in 2022, Angel Postecoglou’s group continues to make itself a solid favorite for back-to-back titles.

What they claim

Livingston manager David Martindale “I’m disappointed in the method we lost the game. When you’re down an objective so early in the video game, you don’t really have a plan B. And afterwards it’s truly, really difficult to transform the game.

” Celtic was worthy of those points yet we were extremely, very ignorant at particular minutes of the game and also those minutes led to big goals.”

Celtic boss Angel Postecoglou: “They had a number of throw-ins into package or free kicks that we dealt with truly well and also we played great football after that.

” We’ve been in extremely strong kind considering that the beginning of the year. We have actually reached a very constant degree of performance and also we require to continue to do that.”

What’s following?

Livingston will be away to Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership on Friday (19:45 BST). Celtic end their Champions League project with a journey to Genuine Madrid on Wednesday (17:45) prior to hosting Dundee United on Saturday (15:00).

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