Celtic return to league action on Saturday against Livingston, aiming to preserve an impressive home league record against the Premiership side.
Since their first meeting against Livingston in 2001 – a 3-2 win, Celtic have not lost a home league match against their next opponents. Indeed, the Hoops are unbeaten in 10 home league games against Livingston. They have won nine and drawn one of the matches.
The draw came in the last meeting between the teams at Celtic Park, a 0-0 draw back in April. Livingston are on a two-match unbeaten run against the Hoops in the league, as they won the last meeting between the teams, a 2-0 victory at the Tony Macaroni stadium in October.
That shows that the Hoops won’t have it easy when they aim to protect their unbeaten home record against Livingston on Saturday.
Won every game since last defeat
However, Celtic are on a fine run of form heading into the game. Since the loss to Livingston, Celtic have won every game they played. That includes the 2-1 win over Lazio in Rome, Celtic’s first ever win in Italy.
Neil Lennon will not be taking three points against Livingston for granted though. Not only does he just have to look at the last meeting between the teams, but Celtic had a fair few players away on international duty.
Manager may not get that much time with players
That means that the Hoops boss might not have that much time with his players before the game. However, that is just a hurdle that will need to be overcome.
Celtic will not want to drop points against Livingston for the third league game in a row. The Hoops face a tough run of games in the next month. They will want to start with a win, to ensure that they stay top of the Premiership table.
The 11 games before the winter break could shape Celtic’s season. It is vital that they start that run of games with a win.