SPFL announce tricky Celtic away game has been picked for Sky Sports coverage

By Euan Davidson

January 20, 2022

The SPFL have announced which upcoming fixtures have been selected for Sky Sports coverage, and for Celtic fans, it’s the potentially tricky trip to Livingston.

The Bhoys’ last domestic defeat came at the Tony Macaroni Arena, with injuries and squandered chances setting the tone. Ange Postecoglou’s side will be desperate to avenge that early-season disappointment, as Sky Sports and the SPFL announced their spring schedule [SPFL].

Mystifyingly, Rangers have been chosen for three games, and Celtic just one. Any neutral who’d seen either side would surely pick Ange Postecoglou’s side. The international audience would surely be boosted, too.

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However, that’s the decision Sky Sports and the SPFL have made. The Tony Macaroni Arena awaits.

Our last trip to the ‘Spaghettihad’ ended in defeat, with Andrew Shinnie separating the sides [BBC]. This was at the peak of Ange Postecoglou doubt in the popular press, despite some empathic prior victories in the Scottish Premiership.

With a far more cohesive squad at his disposal, Ange Postecoglou will be desperate to win this one. He won’t let on, but the disappointment after our last trip to West Lothian will surely still rankle.

Celtic peppered the Livi goal with 16 shots, but the Hoops just couldn’t find a way past Max Stryjek.

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Sky Sports to show crucial SPFL contest between Celtic and Livingston

Who knows how the league will look in March? Certainly, Rangers look like dropping more points if they continue to play like they did against Aberdeen.

That’s not something we can rely on, though. Celtic need to keep grinding out results to maintain pace in the title race.

That’ll include more tricky away trips, with Livingston being the definition of that for the Hoops in recent years.

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David Martindale’s side sit 8th in the table at the time of writing [BBC], having picked up some decent results before and after the winter break. Wins over Hibs and both Dundee sides has them comfortably out of the relegation conversation for now.

They do, though, seem to find a way to frustrate Celtic. With new midfield talent finding passes, Daizen Maeda’s pace likely to confound and key players returning back from injuries recently, you’d hope Celtic will find the momentum and inspiration to beat Livingston a the third time of asking this season.

On the 6th of March, we’ll find out, and Sky Sports will be there as Celtic aim to shut down a Premiership nuisance.

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