Celtic face Livingston tomorrow, in what’ll surely be a vital fixture for Neil Lennon.

The Celtic boss, however, won’t be there. Instead, Gavin Strachan will take the reins while Lennon continues to self-isolate. John Kennedy will also miss the home tie.

Their opponents couldn’t be in better form. In the last hour, Livingston boss David Martindale was announced as the Scottish Premiership’s Manager of the Month (Livingston FC).

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The West Lothian side won all of their games last month, including victories over Ross County, Kilmarnock and St. Johnstone. Their form has continued into January, but Martindale is taking nothing for granted against Celtic tomorrow.

Celtic’s last meeting with Livingston finished 3-2, with McGregor, Christie and Ajeti scoring for the Bhoys (BBC). Tomorrow, however, is a very different proposition, with Celtic missing 13 of their first-team squad.

Martindale told the Livingston FC website:

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“I just want to go on record thanking everyone who voted for me, it really is a very proud moment and I’m truly humbled accepting it. But, I’m accepting this award for everyone at the club as it has been a collective effort, I’m just the lucky individual who gets presented with it.

 

“The players and staff at the club have to take the majority of the credit as without them I would not be picking this award up, it really is that simple.

“So, a massive thank you to all the players and backroom staff.

“This award is testament to the ethos at the club. Everything we have achieved and everything we will achieve will be through the collective effort of all staff and players at the club.”

Celtic v Livingston, earlier this season

Brotherly love: James and Alan Forrest during the last Celtic v Livingston clash / (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Celtic v Livingston: a tough match for the Bhoys

Celtic will be forced into playing a youthful side against Livingston. The likes of Cameron Harper, Stephen Welsh and Armstrong Oko-Flex could all start, with key players missing.

So, this match couldn’t really have come at a worse time. An incredibly avoidable self-inflicted problem, Celtic are counting the cost of their trip to Dubai.

The training camp was supposed to galvanise the squad for a tough fixture like tomorrow’s. Instead, it’ll be a very under-strength outfit who take on the Manager of the Month at Celtic Park tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the SPFL Chief Executive has made some very interesting comments about Celtic and the league.

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