Celtic running out as losers against Livingston will have surprised many people.
The Hoops were aiming to get their league campaign back on track following last week’s draw at Hibs. However, Gary Holt’s men tore up the script as his side were the shock winners.
Unfortunately, digging a little deeper will see that this defeat is bringing back an old cliché of Neil Lennon’s.
Celtic are reeling following Livingston loss
The Hoops are sitting second after what has been a week of ups and downs.
Last Saturday’s draw in the capital was put down as a one-off for a burnt out team that was chopped and changed. But, the Livingston loss is a little different as this was arguably a team on top of their game.
A midweek revenge win against Cluj put the Hoops well in the driving seat and rearing to go. Livi had other ideas, convincingly beating Celtic by two goals to nil at the Tony Macaroni Stadium.
What makes it worse is the stat this is prevailing after two league matches without victory. Hibernian were four games without a win as were Livingston before the Celtic games.
These are teams Celtic should be steamrolling on paper, but were unable to get the easy win. This is bringing back some old adage towards Lennon that was attached to him during his first spell as boss.
Neil Lennon in a similar environment as last time
A couple of old tags are following the Irishman into his return as Hoops manager.
The first is the European hangover is one that Lennon couldn’t seem to get over at the time. A lot of matches would fall by the wayside because the team were too tired or unprepared for the domestic match.
Fans will be hoping that this doesn’t continue for future matches.
Another tag is Lennon’s teams giving other squads confidence when it comes to playing Celtic. Teams would go to Celtic with poor form before getting a key result leaving Hoops fans wondering.
What goes for Lennon is that his record cannot be sniffed at so far and the club is in a strong position overall.
Everyone is hoping this is a blip and the team will be firing on all cylinders after the international break.