Celtic travelled to a less than favourable haunt on Sunday with a visit to Almondvale to face Livingston and Ange Postecoglou shook up the team by selecting the old guard of Bitton, Ralston, Taylor, McGregor and Man of the Match James Forest.
The atmosphere was electric from kick off in the stands as Celtic took over the 3 stands and the home team got a great payday something that other small Scottish clubs should look at again after Celtic’s away day ticket allocation gets smaller as each season passes by .
Rangers played on the Saturday and were level on points after a late goal win over Aberdeen at Ibrox so the pressure was on Celtic ahead of kick off.
Celtic had not won at Livingston since a 4-1 Scottish Cup win in 2007. In the league it was the year before when a 2-0 win was the difference. 15 years since we last won on the plastic pitch, so it’s about time that record changed and the relief and celebrations were there for all to see as each goal hit the back of the net and when the final whistle sounded the players took their applause from the fans enjoying themselves in the Spring Sunshine.
After dropping points the previous weekend away to Hibs, thankfully it wasn’t too damaging after Rangers drew at Ibrox with Motherwell, we then beat St Mirren on Wednesday, 2-0 but we were still nowhere near the form of a month ago when we left the field at halftime in Pittodrie.
Livvy are having a good season, they sit 5th in the table on 37 points, with a record of won 10, drawn 7 and lost 13. In their last 5 league games before they faced Celtic they have won 3 and drawn 2. Last week at Almondvale they beat Dundee United 2-1.
The previous meetings this season showed how tough a task it could be for Celtic and many Celtic fans were nervous ahead of the game.
In September, Livingston beat Celtic 1-0 at Almondvale and then in October they came to Celtic Park and left with a point after a 0-0 draw.
With little room for error, Celtic overturned the 15 year hoodoo that Livingston had over us at Almondvale. Any sort of win would do but the Bhoys turned on the style.