Livingston vs Celtic: Gary Holt labels his team's results as "dire"
Gary Holt has provided an honest assessment of Livingston’s results so far this season.
Livi host Celtic today as they look to bounce back from last week’s 2-1 loss at Hamilton. Celtic, meanwhile, have won six of their opening seven Premiership fixtures, and also remain unbeaten so far.
Holt’s side don’t have such a record to boast. Out of their seven Premiership games, they’ve won just two and have lost their last three. Livi sit in seventh place, but did manage two 0-0 draws against Celtic last season.
And Holt hasn’t been willing to gloss over their results either. Speaking in the Scotsman, the former Falkirk boss refused to dress up their recent form.
“We played well against Rangers, we were the better team against Aberdeen and the better team against Hamilton. Three of the last four performances have been excellent – last Saturday was OK- but the results have been dire, and that’s what it comes down to.
“Don’t get me wrong, I quite like the performances. I’m happy with those. But you need to turn it into points when you’re on top of games and playing really well.
“The lads know that, the boys who have gone through on goal and missed chances know that. They don’t need me to keep going on about it.”
Celtic learned a lesson in complacency last week
If there was one lesson to be learned from the 1-1 draw at Hibs last week, it’s to not take form too seriously.
Hibs hadn’t won a game in the league since opening day. And, whilst that didn’t change against Neil Lennon’s side, they produced a fine performance to hold us to a draw. Celtic struggled to break them down and didn’t force Chris Maxwell into doing too much in the Hibs goal.
Teams raise their game against Celtic. That much we know already. But it can come when you least expect it too. We struggled on our last trip to the Tony Macaroni. Therefore, expecting us to just turn up and snatch the three points isn’t fair on anyone.
You can bet that Lennon won’t care one bit about Livingston’s form heading into this one. He’ll know just how stubborn they can be. After all, his Hibs side failed to beat them on two occasions last season before he left the club back in January. So Lenny has now been halted three times by Holt’s Livi, and we must be wary of that.
Of course, Livingston’s performance-level did drop last week without the physicality of Lyndon Dykes. Should he miss out this week, that will be a big boost to our chances.
But Lenny will know just how dogged and difficult Livingston can be to break down. They’ve shown it time and time again. Don’t be surprised if this turns into one scrappy affair.