Gary Holt shows his class with positive Celtic comment

By Hamish Carton

March 5, 2020

Livingston boss Gary Holt has shown his class again as he praised “exceptional” Celtic’s attitude.

Neil Lennon’s men left it late to snatch a draw at fortress Tony Macaroni Arena, with Tom Rogic netting in the second minute of stoppage time.

It’s the third time we’ve faced Holt’s men in West Lothian over the past 18 months – with two draws and a Livingston win highlighting just how tough a place it is to go.

Celtic have found it tough against Livingston (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But despite that impressive record, the Livi boss was still full of praise for the champions in waiting.

“They are an exceptional side with a never say die attitude,” Holt told the Herald after the match.

“They had three talented attacking option to put the pressure on us. There was 95 minutes and there were 96 and a half. We had chances in the second half so we were disappointed.

“I don’t know what it is about our home record. If you look at most teams in the league their record is good.

Holt’s side always seem to make it tough for us (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“But I think we enjoy getting written off. I’m absolutely buzzing.”

Why is going to Livingston so tough?

Right, the Tony Macaroni Arena is officially a bogey ground for us.

No wins in three. Two goals scored, four conceded. Livingston know how to play against us there.

The first fact to consider is the pitch. There’s no doubting it suits the hosts more than the visiting team.

They train on it during the week, know how it plays, and often use it to their advantage.

The pitch suits Livi more than us (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

But to suggest that as the only reason for Livi’s remarkable home record would be doing a massive disservice to Holt’s men.

They are an excellent team who make it difficult for the opposition by running their socks off, defending manfully but also, most importantly, causing a threat up top.

In Lyndon Dykes they have a forward who can run, back in and finish well.

He gives them a terrific out ball that means they are never truly penned in – even in the closing stages of games like last night.

They fact Livi also had the best part of two weeks to prepare for the fixture, in comparison to our three days can not be overlooked.

Maybe, taking all of that into account, a point wasn’t a bad result.

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