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  • Manager: Players are now focused on Livingston challenge

    Manager: Players are now focused on Livingston challenge

    By: Paul Cuddihy on 10 Nov, 2018 12:01

  • CELTIC’S impressive domestic form of late was taken on to the European stage on Thursday night as the Hoops beat RB Leipzig 2-1 on matchday four of the UEFA Europa League. It was an impressive performance from Brendan Rodgers’ side, with Kieran Tierney and Odsonne Edouard scoring the goals for the well-deserved win.

    Barely had the dust settled on that great European victory, however, before preparations started for this Sunday’s Premiership match against Livingston.

    Although they suffered an opening day 3-1 defeat at Celtic Park, Livingston under new manager Gary Holt have settled into life in the top flight and have recorded some impressive results at home, beating Hibernian and Rangers amongst others.

    Now they face their biggest challenge so far at the Tony Macaroni Arena when Brendan Rodgers’ side visit for the 12noon kick-off on Sunday, and the Hoops, with 23 goals scored in their last five domestic matches, will be looking to take all three points this weekend ahead of the latest international break.

    Speaking ahead of the game, the Celtic manager said: “We’ve shown domestically that our form and rhythm is back in the team, but it’ll be a difficult game for us at the weekend, playing on an astro pitch.

    “The beauty with this squad, however, is they take whatever challenge is next. We’ll be ready for the game on Sunday.

    “It is a difficult game against a team that have come up and started the season very well, so we’ll give Livingston respect, but it’s up to us to go and impose our way into the game.”

    And the Hoops boss also had praise for his Livingston counterpart, who took charge following a shaky start to the season for the club.

    “Gary’s done a very good job,” the Hoops boss said. “When we played them at the start of the season, you could see they were trying to play a different way, but it looks like they’ve gone back to something that got them promoted.

    “We know that, physically, we’re going to have to cope with set-pieces. Gary will have them well-organised and hard to beat. We go into it with confidence and always respect the opposition that we play, so it’ll be another difficult game for us.”

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