It’s the second match of a double header against the current champions as we play host to Neil Lennon and his Celtic side on Wednesday evening here at the Tony Macaroni Arena.
It comes just four days after we made the trip to Celtic Park and battled out a 0-0 draw with the Glasgow side, earning a point which seen us go 9 games without defeat in all competition but ended our run of 8 consecutive wins.
There could be big changes on both sides going into this one though.
Celtic welcome back the 13 players who were self-isolating having been in close contact with a player who tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from their warm weather training camp in Dubai. However, the club announced there had been a further positive test on Monday which will see the affected player miss out for this one too.
For the Lions, a first, national cup semi-final since 2006 against St Mirren this weekend means there’s potential for squad rotation as David Martindale looks to balance the team and keep things fresh amidst this run of 9 games in 29 days.
That said, since returning to the top flight in 2018, the Lions remain undefeated at home to Celtic with a 0-0 draw, a 2-0 win and a 2-2 draw in our final home game of 2019/20. Including trips to Celtic Park, the Lions have only lost 3 times in 8 games against Celtic in that same period.
A 2-2 home draw with Celtic last season would usually have been thought of as a good result, and of course, is a good result however, it was heartbreak on the night at a 90th minute Tom Rogic goal to equalise for the Hoops stopped an almost heroic double over Celtic having won the previous home fixture thanks to goals from Scott Robinson and Lyndon Dykes.
Max Stryjek kept our 10th clean-sheet of the season at the weekend, equalling our tally for the 2019/20 season so another on Wednesday night would see us go one better already.
With 49 goals scored for the season to date, the next one would see us hit the half century for the season. Whilst Alan Forrest leads the way in the goalscoring charts in all competitions, Jon Guthrie sits top of the pile for league goals with 5 to his name with Scott Robinson and Alan Forrest behind him with 4 each.
Long term absentees Keaghan Jacobs and Alan Lithgow both remain unavailable for this one whilst Matej Poplatnik continues to train towards full fitness. There could be debuts for recent additions Gavin Reilly & Jaze Kabia.
Out on loan – Brian Schwake, Ross Stewart, Robbie Crawford, Raffa De Vita & Lars Lokotsch.
How to Watch the Game?
Sadly, there is no Pay-Per-View option for this game as it’s being shown live on Sky Sports.
Season ticket holders can still watch the stream via LFC Live but non-season ticket holders will have to tune in to the game on Sky or listen to the commentary on LFC Live too.
January 2020 – Celtic 0-0 Livingston.
Livingston XI that day – Stryjek, Devlin, Guthrie, Ambrose, Brown, Bartley, Lawson, Sibbald (62), Pittman, Mullin & Robinson (75).
Subs – McCrorie, McMillan, Taylor-Sinclair, Fitzwater, Serrano, Forrest (62), Emmanuel-Thomas, Tiffoney & Hamilton (75).
Celtic Last 6 Form
Overall H2H Record
Played – 28
Livingston Wins – 1
Draws – 5
Celtic Wins – 22
Referee – William Collum.
Assistant Referees – Graeme Stewart & Andrew McWilliam.
Fourth Official – Euan Anderson.