Celtic started the countdown until the first-team’s return to action against Livingston with a #MondayMotivation post on Twitter.
The media team informed supporters that there were “only five days” to go until Neil Lennon’s men return to action after what has seemed like an eternal international break.
Our opponents this weekend are Gary Holt’s Livingston – so it seemed fitting that the tweet also included a recent goal we scored against the West Lothian outfit.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) November 18, 2019
However, the admin may have had to trawl a little bit further into the Celtic archives than expected to find the goal – Odsonne Edouard’s in a 3-1 win over Livi last season.
That game – on August 4th 2018 – was actually the last time we scored against Livingston. We’ve drawn a blank in our three most recent games against the Lions. Two goalless draws last season – including one at Celtic Park – were added to by the 2-0 defeat at Almondvale last month.
So it’s fair to say that Livi are a bit of a bogey team for us.
Tweet shows the length of time since Celtic scored against Livingston
A lot has changed since that Celtic Park meeting in the middle of 2018. Both managers for a start. Brendan Rodgers was in the home dugout for that ‘Flag Day’ win while much vilified figure Kenny Miller was the away side’s boss.
Since then we’ve added another three trophies to our collection and eased our way into a final for a fourth. We’ve also crashed out of two separate Champions League qualifying campaigns.
But away from all the reminiscing, there is a real job to be done this weekend. It will be far from easy given Holt’s superb record against Celtic. The former Falkirk boss has conceded a goal against every team in the Premiership during his 14 month tenure – apart from Celtic.
Livingston are always fired up for these games under Holt, and Celtic must be very wary of that. In a campaign when slip-ups can ill be afforded, this weekend deserves all of our attention.