Livingston v Celtic Preview
First of all,my grateful thanks to THE GOMBEEN MAN for yesterday’s outstanding piece of work. It really shows what we are up against when you see the actual work being done by the club,as compared to how our actions are being reported. I’m only sorry that today’s article can’t live up to such high standards!
We return tonight to the bread and butter of League football after a couple of sojourns into cup territory. Away to Livingston at “The Spaghettihad” and a match which will be difficult in so many ways. Firstly,there’s that dreadful pitch-which means that we are unlikely to see Jozo playing-and there’s the robust manner in which tonight’s opponents tend to go about their business. Add to that their impressive home form,and a chance to go above Aberdeen in the table,and only a point off a European place,and I think it’s fair to say that we won’t be expecting a stroll in the park tonight. A carpet crawl to three points will do us! Especially when you bear in mind that we haven’t even scored at their ground since their return to the top division almost two years ago and we got a pretty severe doing the last time we were there.
Christopher Jullien is probably still having nightmares about his last visit late last year. Although he has been an excellent signing for us-at both ends of the pitch!-he was absolutely ragdolled by Lyndon Dykes that day. Dykes is a big lad,puts himself about and is always available but Jullien has a good few inches on him and should have been able to match up,at worst. He failed miserably that day,and he will want to make amends tonight.
To be fair to him,he wasn’t the only Celtic player posted missing that day. You can argue that we were unlucky to lose against the huns in December-although I wouldn’t-but we certainly got what we deserved 100 days ago,which was no goals,no points and a sheracking from the fans. They may have surprised us that day,but there can be no excuses tonight.
I have no idea of who will be available tonight as there has been little information on the injury front since Sunday’s cup tie against a somewhat fired up St Johnstone. I suspect that James Forrest will be offered a rest after being on the receiving end that day,as will Greg Taylor. Broonie will probably be asked whether he is fit enough to play,and will take his place regardless. You’d have to cut his legs off to keep him away from a blood and snotters match like tonight. Griff I’m not too sure about,he looked a little off the pace on Sunday,but he is always a player for the occasion and I’m sure he’d love to score against his first club. Strange to think that he made his debut for them as long ago as 2006,he’s certainly been around for a while. And as for Ryan Christie,he will certainly be keen to make amends for screwing up in November. In fact,his disciplinary record overall has not been that good this season and I think he needs to work on that-though he was certainly hard done to in the SFA kangaroo court in January.
Hatem Elhamed may be available for tonight’s match,though it would surely be an act of folly to risk an injury prone player on a night like this and on such a surface. He has only played four league games for us this season and I think we need to take some care with him. So given the above plus Lenny’s current penchant for three at the back,I’m going to suggest that tonight’s line up will be
Bitton Ajer Jullien
Frimpers Broonie CalMac Christie Hayes
I’d expect the subs bench to include Elhamed and Bauer,plus Rogic,Ollie and Jamesie. Cover as many injury possibilities as possible. Tonight is not a night to give the huns a glimmer of hope. They are in deep despair at the moment and we should be throwing them an anchor,not a lifebelt. It’s a night for winning,no matter how beautiful or ugly. We want three points to banish the memories of that shocker 100 days ago. I’ll take them whichever way we get them!
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