Celtic's amazing record against Livingston is incredibly one-sided

By David Walton

November 10, 2018

Celtic vs Livingston isn’t a fixture that you expect would have too many surprises. It has, however, thrown up one big one ahead of tomorrow.

The Hoops will take the journey to Almondvale to face a Livingston side buoyed by recent success in the Premiership. Whilst they have, to an extent, crashed back down to earth with successive defeats, Livi have adjusted well to the Premiership.

If there’s one fixture that should strike fear into them, however, it’s any against Celtic. That’s because never in their history have they managed to overcome the Scottish giants.

Despite the fact Livingston managed to oust Rangers just several weeks ago, they’ve never done the same to the Parkhead side. Even during their days as Meadowbank Thistle, the club still couldn’t overcome Scotland’s top side.

Celtic’s last slip up to Livi came back in 2001 (Mark Thompson /Allsport/Getty Images)

Celtic have managed to come out on top in the last 20 consecutive games between the teams. That’s a run that stretches back to August 2001, when the Almondvale club held the Hoops to a 0-0 draw at home.

The two sides have met once this season, with Celtic coming out on top 3-1. It was a deserved win on the day, but the amount of goals scored shouldn’t have surprised anyone. Celtic have, after all, fired home 45 goals in their last 15 games against Livi.

In the last eight meetings between the sides, Livingston have never managed to net more than once against Celtic. In fact, they’ve only managed to score four times out of those eight meetings.

Livingston have never beaten Celtic in their history (Mark Thompson /Allsport/Getty Images)

Amondvale’s dodgy astroturf surface should give the home side some form of advantage. Celtic don’t like fielding certain players on the turf, with Brendan Rodgers highly critical of synthetic surfaces since arriving in Scotland.

The trip to West Lothian has never been a problem before, however. Celtic have won their last 10 visits there, scoring 31 goals throughout that run. Compare that with the fact that Livi have bagged just five goals in the same run, the momentum is strongly with Celtic.

It’s one of the most one-sided rivalries in Scottish football. Rodgers and Celtic will be looking to add to that once more when they travel to meet Gary Holt’s team tomorrow.