Celtic star gives simple diagnosis for Bhoys' Livingston struggles

By Euan Davidson

March 4, 2022

Celtic defender Greg Taylor doesn’t think there’s anything too complicated about why the Hoops have struggled against Livingston in recent seasons.

Various factors, including the dreadful surface, and David Martindale’s tactics, have been given as excuses in the past. Taylor, though, who was absent when the Bhoys last faced Livi at the Tony Macaroni, has a more simple explanation: they’re just quite a good team.

Livi find themselves fourth in the table, and Martindale’s low-cost side have surprised plenty during a season that’s offered plenty of drama and suspense. Just a handful of points separate Livingston in fourth to Aberdeen in tenth; 5 points, to be exact [BBC].

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Taylor, speaking ahead of Sunday’s game, gave his simple diagnosis for Celtic’s struggles against Livingston. He said [Celtic FC]: “[Livingston are] just a difficult side, that have a good way of playing.

“They know how to get results, and they’ve done that against this year. So, I’m sure they have they’ll own ambitions, whether that’s top 6, or Europe, whatever it is.

“We just need to focus on what we can do, what we control – and that’s bringing our A game. Hopefully that means we get the three points that we want.”

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Can it be all so simple? Are Celtic just going up against a good team in Livingston, or is there more to it?

It’s possible that multiple things can be true at once.

Livingston are having a good season. David Martindale have them winning on a regular basis, and their position in the table speaks for itself.

And it’s also true that their playing surface is terrible. But that hasn’t stopped other teams coming away from the Tony Macaroni with 3 points. As for their tactics; are they any different, stylistically, from the St Mirren team we beat the other night? Dundee? Ross County?

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Ange Postecoglou won’t be making any excuses if it doesn’t go our way. The fact that we’re talking about Livingston in the reverence held for the likes of Bayer Leverkusen, Real Betis etc is, on its face, very jarring. The fact is though, we’re yet to beat Livingston this season.

They’re the only domestic side we’re yet to avenge for an earlier disappointment.

Sunday, then, is an opportunity against a “difficult” team. Greg Taylor is right; it doesn’t have to be more complicated than that.

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