Livingston man Jason Holt identifies how his team plan to beat Celtic

By Euan Davidson

October 30, 2021

Celtic will need to beat a Livingston side determined to ruthlessly defend their goal today.

The West Lothian team, according to midfielder Jason Holt, will be based around being “gritty” and defensive. According to Holt, the Livi Lions have found a new side of their game, based around keeping the ball out of their net and taking rare opportunities [Daily Record].

That’s interesting, because it’s not entirely based in reality. Over the last 6 games, Livingston have conceded 9 goals. They are unbeaten in three, though, and Holt explained that his side know what their agenda is today.

He said [Daily Record]:

“We take pride in defending our goal and I think we’ve shown that in our last few performances.

“We’ll look forward to [Celtic Park] and be confident that we can take something from the game. I don’t think the game plan will change too much.

“There will be a big crowd and every player that joins the club, you look forward to these fixtures and you want to play at these venues – Ibrox, Parkhead, the big stadiums. It’s great to play in front of that many fans so the players will look forward to it.

“We’re under no illusions, it’s going to be an extremely difficult game and one where we’ll have to be well drilled, organised and when we do get the ball and move forward, we have to make the most of those opportunities.”

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Now, let’s not get carried away. After all, Livingston have shut us out before, on a frustrating afternoon at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

However, the difference between playing there and at Celtic Park is – in literal terms – massive.

But this “gritty” side of the game will surely be tested today. Teams have tried to sit low and frustrate Celtic already this season, and came away from Celtic Park humbled from the experience.

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Livingston are no great shakes defensively, either. In their last two games, they conceded twice to Ross County and once to Dundee United [WhoScored?]. No disrespect, but it’s not unfair to say the Bhoys offer far more up front than either the Staggies or the Terriers.

Celtic will come into this game against Livingston in very confident form, as well they should. After 5 wins on the bounce, there’s a feel-good factor at Paradise.

It should be a very decent game, with the Bhoys surely intent on making up for that loss at the Spaghettihad.

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