Celtic might not have the best of records when travelling to play Livingston over the years. The Hoops have been held to a draw on more than once occasion at the Tony Macaroni Arena.
However, few would have expected the Hoops to lose their unbeaten league record against Gary Holt’s side. Unfortunately, that is what happened, as the Bhoys lost 2-0.
Not only was it Celtic’s first defeat of the season, but it brought to an end the proud Celtic record of a recent Hoops signing – Boli Bolingoli.
First defeat whilst playing for the Hoops
Bolingoli tasted defeat as a Celtic player for the first time in 18 games. In games he has been involved in this season the Hoops had been unbeaten up until the loss to Livingston.
Bolingoli was also one of the few Celtic players to emerge from credit from the game, as he tried to get the Hoops forward after the sending-off of Ryan Christie.
He was eventually replaced in the second-half by Jonny Hayes, in a move which didn’t really improve Celtic’s chances for getting back into the game.
Proud of his start to his Hoops career
Bolingoli can be very proud of the start to his Celtic career though. The £3 million signing from Rapid Vienna has gone from a player who didn’t feature in the Champions League defeat to Cluj, to a mainstay in the side in the space of a few weeks.
He has prevented deadline day arrival Greg Taylor from even getting a foothold in the side. That is down to his very good form.
His best performance of the season probably came in the recent 2-0 win over Cluj in the Europa League. He provided an assist to Odsonne Edouard, and was a constant threat up and down the left-wing.
Hopefully Bolingoli will suffer few defeats for the rest of the season. Perhaps the game against Ross County will herald the start of a new lengthy unbeaten run.