The under-reported Celtic streak that Bhoys could better against Livingston

By Euan Davidson

October 29, 2021

Celtic just don’t like conceding goals at home, and Livingston will be looking to break an under-reported defensive streak at Parkhead.

In the Scottish Premiership this season, the Bhoys have been imperious at the back when teams have visited the East End of Glasgow. Only one goal has been scored against us, Ian Harkes’ header for Dundee United in a 1-1 draw.

In 5 games at home, Celtic have scored 18 goals, with just that Dundee United goal against us [SPFL]. That’s quite remarkable. If you go even further back, Celtic have conceded just one goal at home since the 21st of March in the league [Celtic FC].

That means two things. It makes the Dundee United finish, which really was something out of nothing, even more frustrating. The other is that it really does put to bed any notion of Ange Postecoglou being entirely gung-ho.

Yes, away from home, things have been more difficult. Three losses says that. But this Celtic team are improving constantly, especially in defence.

It’s down to a few different things. Most obviously, Celtic are dominating games at home. We’re controlling things to such an extent that chances come at a premium for opposition teams. Yet, Joe Hart has needed to make important saves for us at Celtic Park.

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The other is that, in terms of personnel, Celtic have something near a settled back four. Even with Greg Taylor out, Juranovic has come in to excellent effect. It’s all very promising.

At the risk of tempting fate, Celtic could extend streak against Livingston

We know how deeply, deeply annoying Livingston can be. That’s predominantly away from home, though. At the Tony Macaroni, we’ve seen our fair share of bad results.

Not so much when Celtic are at Paradise. Out of our last 15 games against Livi in the Premiership, at home, Celtic have won 13 [WhoScored?]. In all competitions, we’ve averaged 2.5 goals against the West Lothian side.

That’s promising. With a bigger pitch, that boasts actual grass, Celtic have routinely been able to beat Livingston’s narrow block and find opportunities.

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A win against a perennial annoyance like Livingston would represent a fantastic week for Celtic. In the midst of a gruelling schedule, 9 points from 9 would be a sign of excellent progress.

To do that, we’ll need to defend. The form book, though, shows some promising signs. Can Celtic keep the streak alive and shut Livingston out?

Read more: How Ange Postecoglou fixed a Celtic problem and turned it into a strength