Celtic returned to Celtic Park for league action after a comfortable visit to Tannadice. They welcomed David Martindale’s Livingston in what was another straight forward performance from the Bhoys.
After a slow start from both teams , Celtic took full control of the game by taking the lead around the 30 minute mark. Reo Hatate laid the ball for Greg Taylor, who smashed the ball into the back of the net from 16 yards out.
Livingston offered nothing at goal front other than a missed opportunity were Joe Hart was beaten but the ball bounced off the post. This was after the visitors took advantage from a slip up from Carl Starfelt who believed he was fouled.
Four minutes after Celtic’s first goal , they doubled their advantage and it was Daizen Maedawith the goal. Livingston’s Ayo Obileye attempted to clear a cross from Matt O’Riley but failed to do so as the ball came bouncing of Maeda’s head into the back of the net.
Inside stoppage time in the first half , Celtic had their advantage tripled as on form KyogoFuruhashi struck it home with Celtic’s third and last goal of the evening.
After a vastly dominate first half performance, the Bhoys quality lacked in the second 45. They managed to keep comfortable control but ultimately couldn’t get the ball towards the opposition’s goal.
While Celtic were in control, Livingston showed great belief in themselves and didn’t fully give up. This was down to Martindale’s defensive tactics and ensuring his team take their time on the ball with a little time wasting at any given opportunity.
The scoreline remained unchanged throughout the rest of the game and it was another three points for Celtic to once again maintain their nine point lead ahead of Rangers.
When speaking on the game, Ange Postecoglou said: “Again, another strong performance. We started the game really well and controlled it.”
Greg Taylor also gave his thoughts on the game and his performance, he said : “I thought we had good control the whole first half, to be honest, and it was just a matter of time and taking the chance or having a moment.”
“I’m a wee bit prolific against Livingston it seems to be!”