Our prediction for this Scottish Premiership match:
Celtic Park will host a postponed Premiership game between Celtic and Livingston. The Hoops aim to cement top position in the standings, and they must be brimming with confidence following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Aberdeen. Ange Postecoglou’s men had 33 goal attempts at the weekend, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Since the Australian boss can count on key players for the midweek clash, home win should be considered.
Both McCarthy and Welsh should miss out with injuries. The Lions, on the other hand, aim to stay in top six, but given Celtic’s brilliant winning run in the Scottish top flight, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. In their last meeting in the Premier League Celtic outplayed Livingston 3-0, and we predict that history is going to repeat itself. Defender Jamie Brandon remains in Livingston’s recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Joe Hart):
Joe Hart is an English goalkeeper who was born on 19 April, 1987. Following a three-year spell with Shrewsbury Town, Hart joined big-spending Manchester City in 2006. After ending his loan spell with with Birmingham City (2010), he returned to Man City and he has been playing for the Etihad Stadium outfit ever since.
Joe Hart earned his 63rd cap for England at the Euro 2016 finals, but he has yet to win a trophy at the major tournaments with the Three Lions. On the other hand, the 29-year-old goalkeeper has clinched two Premier League trophies with Manchester City (2011/2012, 2013/2014) and the FA Cup title in 2011.
Speaking of his individual honours, Joe Hart has won the Premier League Golden Glove award on four occasions (2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2014/2015). Hart made his England debut against Trinidad & Tobago on 1 June, 2008. It has to be noted that he managed to keep a clean sheet on his debut for the English national team.
Highlighted Team (Livingston):
Nicknamed the Lions, Livingstone are the Scottish Premier League club founded during the Second World War (1943) under the name of Ferranti Amateurs. Livingston welcome their opponents at Almondvale Stadium, the venue with the capacity of 9,512.
The Lions are known for their amber home kit, with the team wearing white when playing on the travels. Livingston have yet to win the Scottish Premier League title, but they did remarkably well to go all the way in the Scottish League Cup in the 2003/2004 season. The Lions recorded a 2-0 win over Hibernian in the title game played at Hampden Park in Glasgow.
Livingston registered their biggest win against Stranraer (8-0) in August 2012 in the first round of the Scottish League Cup, while their most massive defeat came on December 14, 1974, as they were beaten 8-0 by Hamilton. Legendary Premier League coach Paul Lambert is regarded as one of the club’s most notable players.