Celtic comfortably defeated Livingston 4-0 to ensure that they would stay top of the Premiership table. Odsonne Edouard opened the scoring in the first-half, whist James Forrest scoring twice in the second-half. The other goal was scored by Scott Brown.
Neil Lennon will be pleased that the international break did not disrupt Celtic’s good form, as the Hoops managed to score four goals and could have had a few more. Here are three things we learned from the game:
1. Defender makes most of opportunity
It was not really a surprise to see Greg Taylor start the game on the bench for Celtic. After all, he has only played one game for the Hoops so far. However, he did make an appearance as a second-half for Jonny Hayes, and he made the most of his opportunity. The player looked very good going forward, and was unlucky not to score with an effort which came off the post. So good was Taylor’s display, that he must have put himself into contention to start against Rennes on Thursday. However, that will be up to the manager.
2. He didn’t score, but returning striker did well
Leigh Griffiths made his first Celtic appearance since August, replacing Odsonne Edouard in the second-half. Griffiths did well in his time on the pitch, showing that he still has an eye for goal. However, he should have done better with a chance which Jeremie Frimpong laid on a plate for him, but he didn’t find the target with his header. As he makes more apperances for the Hoops his sharpness will return, so there is nothing to worry about the fact he didn’t score, it is just good to see him back on the pitch.
3. Hoops get revenge in style
Nobody at Celtic mentioned the word ‘revenge’ before the game, but you would imagine that some Celtic players would have been aiming to make up for the poor display in the 2-0 loss to Livingston earlier this season. Thankfully the Hoops managed to gain revenge in style, scoring four goals, and they should have scored a few more. Celtic have won every game since that defeat, so the loss has proved to be motivation for the Hoops. The team certainly looked motivated against Livingston.