Livingston 0-3 Celtic: Kyogo, Taylor and Jota restore leaders to four-point lead

Kyogo Furuhashi’s ninth goal of the season puts Celtic ahead

Celtic restored their four-point advantage at the top of the Scottish Premiership after securing a three-goal win at Livingston.

Kyogo Furuhashi hit the near post to Jack Hamilton after being found by Greg Taylor early in the game, and the left-back piledriver ran through the goalkeeper’s legs after the break.

Giorgos Giakoumakis missed a late penalty for the visitors after a VAR review of Andrew Shinnie’s handball, before fellow substitute Jota netted Celtic’s third.

Victory takes Celtic away from Rangers at the top and has rarely been in doubt in a place where they have struggled of late.

Livingston threatened to prolong those woes early on, but Joel Nouble couldn’t get enough buy into his shot from an early free-kick and it cost the hosts dearly.

Celtic moved forward, Taylor releasing Kyogo in the box and the Japanese striker hammering the ball past Hamilton.

Kyogo was back midway through the first half, but Jack Fitzwater did enough to discourage the striker as he fired wide.

James Forrest trailed a low shot wide after cutting from the right and teammate Aaron Mooy was also close to the inside left channel.

Taylor’s powerful shot was turned away by Hamilton in the opening moments of the second half, but the left-back’s next attempt would go unstoppable.

It was deja vu for Livingston as an inviting opener turned into a goal concession.

Jason Holt’s control dropped him in the Celtic penalty area after he was found by Nouble and the visitors broke. Taylor was ready to pounce after Livi struggled to clear their lines, her shot flying through a flurry of players and Hamilton.

The goalkeeper’s wayward clearance then presented the ball to Forrest, but he recovered after a timely intervention from Nicky Devlin.

Jota had returned from injury on the bench and made an immediate impact with the cross that cut off Shinnie’s outstretched hand. The kick was awarded after referee Willie Collum reviewed the video, but Giakoumakis’ shot hit the outside of the left post.

That mattered little, however, as Celtic quickly added to their tally with sub David Turnbull crossing for Jota to finish from close range.

Player of the Match – Greg Taylor

Greg Taylor
The left-back, making his 100th Celtic appearance, rose to the challenge presented by the summer snap of Alexandro Bernabei’s arrival and is now adding goals to his game with two in his last two league games.

Livingston’s patience doesn’t pay – analysis

After leading Rangers into stoppage time last week, Livingston was ready to bide their moments in attack in the hope of keeping Celtic at bay at the other end.

Nouble was tasked with holding the ball and leading Cameron Carter-Vickers into a contest. It paid off with free kicks won and an eventual yellow card for Carter-Vickers.

However, Nouble’s early chance, Stephen Kelly’s low shot into the arms of Joe Hart and Holt’s poor touch at the crucial moment were all they could muster in the final third.

The key to Livingston’s draw at Ibrox had been their ability to defend crosses. Celtic have barely taken this route, instead preferring to go through their opponents in central areas, exemplified by the opening goal and some of their best chances.

The champions were competent, if not spectacular against a side determined not to be the last side at the end of a heavy Celtic count.

But with just three points dropped from a possible 36 this season and nine in total in 2022, Ange Postecoglou’s side continue to make strong favorites for successive titles.

what they said

David Martindale, manager of Livingston: “I’m disappointed with the way we lost goals. You don’t really have a plan B sometimes when you’re behind a goal so early in the game. It’s really, really difficult to change the game then.

“Celtic earned the points but we were very, very naive at times in the game and those times led to some big goals.”

Celtic coach Ange Postecoglou: “The few times they had touches in the box or free-kicks, we treated them very well and our football was good after that.

“Our form since the start of the year has been really solid. Our performances have hit a really consistent note and we need that to continue.”

And after?

Livingston travels to Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership on Friday (19:45 GMT). Celtic conclude their Champions League campaign at Real Madrid on Wednesday (5:45 p.m.) and then host Dundee United in the Premiership on Saturday (3:00 p.m.).

Alignments

Livingston

Training 3-5-1-1

  • 32hamilton
  • 5Fitzwater
  • 6obileye
  • 24Kelly
  • 2Devlin
  • 8pit manReplaced byandersonat 78′minutes
  • 18Holt
  • 29penriceReplaced byOmeongaat 74′minutes
  • 3LongridgeBooked at 56 mins
  • 17KellyReplaced byshinnieat 63′minutesBooked at 78 mins
  • 19Noble

Substitutes

  • sevenBahamboula
  • 9anderson
  • tenEsmael Goncalves
  • 22shinnie
  • 31Konovalov
  • 33Omeonga

Celtic

Training 4-3-3

  • 1Stag
  • 56Ralston
  • 20Carter VickersBooked at 27 mins
  • 6jenzBooked at 73 mins
  • 3taylorBooked at 88 mins
  • 13Mooy
  • 33O’RileyReplaced byturnbullat 67′minutes
  • 41HastenReplaced byAbildgardat 80′minutes
  • 49ForestReplaced byAbadaat 67′minutes
  • 8FuruhashiReplaced bygiakoumakisat 80′minutes
  • 9HaksabanovicReplaced byPhilippe Névesat 80′minutes

Substitutes

  • sevengiakoumakis
  • 11Abada
  • 14turnbull
  • 17Philippe Néves
  • 25Bernabéi
  • 28Abildgard
  • 31siegrist
  • 38Maeda
  • 88Juranovic

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Livingston 0, Celtic 3.

  2. Second Half ends, Livingston 0, Celtic 3.

  3. Offside, Livingston. Jack Hamilton tries a through ball, but Bruce Anderson is caught offside.

  4. Coin, Celtic. Corner conceded by Jackson Longridge.

  5. Attempt saved. Giorgos Giakoumakis (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box sees his shot blocked. Assisted by Liel Abada.

  6. Offside, Livingston. Jackson Longridge tries a through ball, but Jason Holt is caught offside.

  7. Greg Taylor (Celtic) is shown a yellow card.

  8. Foul by Greg Taylor (Celtic).

  9. Nicky Devlin (Livingston) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Handball by David Turnbull (Celtic).

  11. Objective! Livingston 0, Celtic 3. Jota (Celtic) left footed shot from the center of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Turnbull with a cross.

  12. Attempt blocked. Ayo Obileye (Livingston) right footed shot to the left of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Shinnie.

  13. Foul by Aaron Mooy (Celtic).

  14. Jason Holt (Livingston) gets a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Greg Taylor (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Foul by Andrew Shinnie (Livingston).

  17. Missed Penalty! Still Livingston 0, Celtic 2. Giorgos Giakoumakis (Celtic) hits the left post with a right footed shot.

  18. VAR Decision: Penalty Celtic.

  19. Penalty conceded by Andrew Shinnie (Livingston) with a ball from the hand in the penalty area.

  20. Attempt blocked. Jason Holt (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

player of the match

KellyStephen Kelly

Livingston

  1. squad number17player nameKelly

  2. squad number19player nameNoble

  3. squad number18player nameHolt

  4. squad number9player nameanderson

  5. squad number3player nameLongridge

  6. squad number29player namepenrice

  7. squad number24player nameKelly

  8. squad number33player nameOmeonga

  9. squad number22player nameshinnie

  10. squad number6player nameobileye

  11. squad number32player namehamilton

  12. squad number2player nameDevlin

  13. squad number8player namepit man

  14. squad number5player nameFitzwater

Celtic

  1. squad number1player nameStag

  2. squad number20player nameCarter Vickers

  3. squad number33player nameO’Riley

  4. squad number56player nameRalston

  5. squad number6player namejenz

  6. squad number3player nametaylor

  7. squad number17player nameJota

  8. squad number41player nameHasten

  9. squad number8player nameFuruhashi

  10. squad number13player nameMooy

  11. squad number14player nameturnbull

  12. squad number28player nameAbildgard

  13. squad number9player nameHaksabanovic

  14. squad number11player nameAbada

  15. squad number49player nameForest

  16. squad numbersevenplayer namegiakoumakis

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