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Celtic v Livingston preview: Hoops can continue to find a way

Celtic have not made it look easy at times but Ange Postecoglou’s side have been finding ways to win as they prepare to host Livingston on Wednesday night.

With a healthy lead over rivals Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table, Celtic can continue to frustrate their old foes by bagging another three points in midweek against Livingston.

What: Celtic v Livingston, Scottish Premiership
Where: Celtic Park, Glasgow
When: 19:45, Wednesday 21st December 2022
How to watch: N/A
Odds: Celtic 1/9, Draw 9/1, Livingston 20/1

Results are all that matters

Looking back on Celtic’s last three Premiership games, the reigning champions have won them all by a single goal.

The likes of Motherwell, Ross County and Aberdeen made sure there was a nervy end to the encounters for Postecoglou but his players managed to get the job done.

Celtic looked like they were set to drop points in their last outing at the weekend at Aberdeen before an 87th-minute strike from Callum McGregor broke the deadlock.

That has typified the way Celtic have been getting results of late and Wednesday’s encounter with Livingston might be tighter than some expect.

In the Goals Over/Under market, there is 11/5 on offer for Under 2.5 goals at Celtic Park.

Livingston on the up

David Martindale’s Livingston were starting to show some positive signs before the World Cup break, with a three-match unbeaten run in the Premiership before the events in Qatar took centre stage.

Back-to-back wins over Kilmarnock and Aberdeen were followed by a 1-1 draw at Hearts in their last game.

Moving Livi up to sixth place in the standings and edging closer to Aberdeen and Hearts in that battle for third place, Martindale will be hoping his side can pick up where they left off before the World Cup distraction.

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Haksabanovic to boost the Bhoys

Hosts Celtic should be boosted by the return of Sead Haksabanovic after he missed out against Aberdeen due to a minor knock.

A hamstring injury is set to keep James McCarthy out on the sidelines, while Josip Juranovic is unlikely to feature as he should get some time off following his efforts at the World Cup with Croatia.

As for the visitors, defender Tom Parkes is recovering from a knee injury and won’t be available for Livingston.

Martindale could be boosted by the return of Jamie Brandon from a groin injury, while the game comes too soon for new signing Steven Bradley who must wait until the squad registration window opens up next month.

Livingston duo of Jason Holt and Shamal George will be treading the tightrope at Celtic Park for this one, as a yellow card for either player will see them suspended for the next game at Hibernian on Christmas Eve.

Livingston have had joy in the past

Only looking back to the results of last season, Livingston did cause Celtic problems on the Hoops’ way to the Premiership title.

Stunning the Old Firm outfit with a 1-0 win on home soil at the Tony Macaroni Arena, Livingston then went to Celtic Park and played out a goalless draw.

Knowing they can go to the home of the champions and get a positive result should stand Livi in good stead as they prepare for the challenge on Wednesday night.

Livingston in the Double Chance market are available at 11/2 to make the trip back to West Lothian with a win or a draw to their name.

Furuhashi can add to tally

Kyogo Furuhashi was frustrated against Aberdeen last time out but might well get back to scoring ways against Livingston this week.

Missing a great chance against the Dons in the second-half, the pressure has been starting to rise on the Japanese star to get back to scoring ways.

The 27-year-old might well do that against a Livingston side he scored against in a 3-0 win at the Tony Macaroni Arena back in late October.

Furuhashi is available at 2/5 to score Anytime against Livingston, while the former Vissel Kobe forward is currently 9/4 to bag the opening goal of the game in Parkhead.

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