Ahead of Celtic’s trip to Livingston on Sunday, Neil Lennon has disclosed that he does not agree with some comments made by Rangers boss Steven Gerrard about the Hoops’ upcoming opponents.
The Rangers manager wasn’t happy after the Ibrox side recently played Livingston, He was not happy with the physicality displayed in some challenges made in the game. An incident which left Joe Aribo needing 20 stitches was the challenge which bothered him most.
It was ‘serious foul play’ he said, as reported by the Scottish Sun.
However, the Hoops boss was not in agreement. He feels that Livingston are not any more physical than any other team in the Premiership.
“I’ve never had an issue with them” Lennon said, as reported by the Scotsman.
“I know maybe Steven did with the Aribo incident but a lot of teams in Scotland are physical. I don’t think Livingston fall into the category of being over-physical.”
Hoops have players to deal with physical approach
It will be interesting to see if Livingston do adopt a physical approach against the Hoops. Celtic do have the players to stand up and be counted if that does happen.
For example, the likes of Christopher Jullien and Scott Brown could be more than happy to take on Livingston at their own game.
Artificial pitch possibly more of an issue
The bottom line for the Hoops is that the artificial pitch they will play will possibly be more of a worry than any physicality displayed by Livingston.
The surface is not usually suited to good football. We saw that not long ago when the Hoops laboured to a 1-0 win over Hamilton.
The trip to Livingston might not see the Hoops produce their best football. However, as long as the three points are picked up, the Hoops fans and Neil Lennon won’t mind about that.