Celtic vs Livingston
3:00pm Saturday 23rd November
Celtic opened up a three-point gap over Rangers at the Peak of this Ladbrokes Premiership in Parkhead.
Using a double being preceded by a strike by skipper Scott Brown at the 57th minute James Forrest the scoring opened at the 19th moment at Parkhead.
Neil Lennons side have now won eight games in series since dropping to Livi at West Lothian last month this year.
Rangers have the chance to close the gap in Hamilton on Sunday, although Lennons staff will prepare to continue Rennes in the Europa League on Thursday, safe in the knowledge that his side are through to the final 32 of the contest and also in fine form.
Celtic had gone three games without scoring and without a win over Livi. In an effort to address that remarkably poor record, Lennon returned Tom Rogic and Ryan Christie into the starting line-up.
The first chance for the Hoops came in the seventh minute when right-back Jeremie Frimpong created a lawn of space for themself indoors Livingstons box but drove straight at Valve Matija Sarkic.
Celtic were finding it challenging to have behind the defence of the West Lothian side but if Edouard did he play his trademark composure.
The side of gary Holt were searching and of pursuing the 21-year-old dinked the ball, Livi protector Ricki Lamie out of 14 metres over Sarkic even though the eye.
Celtic grew and relaxed in confidence.
The veteran midfielder duly obliged and the ball took a deflection with Hoops fans encouraging when he took control of a Christie overhaul Brown to take from 20 metres.
Forrests first goal came following Sarkic, the ball as it descended spinning high despatching it saved Frimpongs angled-drive.
Sarkic subsequently made a rescue from Christie before Forrest hurried through on to a pass by the Inverness midfielder in additional time to play his next and set the strain for Sunday on their Old Firm rivals.
Spartan boss Neil Lennon:There will be anxious moments as we go along. Therell be a dip but, at the moment, we are playing closely and in a very strong position.
We know there could be a below-par performance around the corner but we are ready for that as well. That is a great win for us.
You get 24 hours to enjoy it and see what the [Rangers] outcome brings and you move on to the subsequent one.
Livingston manager Gary Holt:I know everyone will pick up the newspapers and look at it like 4-0, but I only believed individual mistakes at times in the match .
For effort and commitment and all of the things you look for, staff contour, being courageous at times in possession, I thought we had this.
At times I felt we could have been braver but, if you choose the goals out of the match, they did not cut open too many times
Host Rennes midweek on Thursday in the Europa League and then they confront a trip to Ross County on December 1 - live in 12pm on Sky Sports. Next 5, livingston host Hamilton.
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