Celtic resumed their title defence after the international break as they registered a comfortable 4-0 win against Livingston at home. With Rangers playing tomorrow, the pressure is back on Gerrard’s men to get three points again.
Celtic enjoyed possession, but they were finding it hard to break down Livingston’s defence in the first quarter. The breakthrough came from Odsonne Edouard who opened the scoring in the 19th minute as he stayed onside and timed his run perfectly to slot in Rogic’s through ball.
Livingston were absolutely no match for Celtic in the second half as the Hoops ran riot. Scott Brown scored around the hour mark from the edge of the box to make it 2-0. Forrest got in the act to make it three as he scored from a rebound with a confident finish. The winger got his brace late on in the game to make it an emphatic 4-0 win for the Bhoys.
Here is how Lennon’s men fared on the day.
Fraser Forster 6
Was a spectator for most parts as he had to make just one save.
Christopher Jullien 7
Never looked stretched or threatened throughout the game. Was hardly tested defensively and looked assured in possession.
Kristoffer Ajer 7
Had a walk in the park as Livingston didn’t test him at all defensively. Carried the ball well from the back.
Jonny Hayes 6
Did a decent job before his game was cut short due to a shoulder injury.
Jeremie Frimpong 8
Had a field day in the attacking half of the pitch as Celtic dominated possession. Picked out a brilliant ball for Celtic’s third goal. Played almost as a winger and looked threatening.
Scott Brown 7.5
Killed the game early on in the second half with a goal. Coasted through the game in midfield as he moved the ball expertly from one end of the pitch to another.
Callum McGregor 7.5
Orchestrated plenty of attacks from midfield as he pulled strings in the middle of the park. Always looked to move the ball forward.
Tom Rogic 7
His quick feet in the attacking third was a delight to watch. Played some incisive passes and created some dangerous chances for his side.
Ryan Christie 7
Worked his socks off like usual as he tracked back and pressed Livingston whenever they got a sniff on the ball. In possession, he was a livewire in and around the box and always looked a significant threat.
James Forrest 8
His first goal was a thing of beauty as he finished brilliantly. Then Forrest got another late one in the game. Always looked a cut above the opposition as he kept the defence on edge with his direct runs.
Odsonne Edouard 8
A confident finish for Celtic’s first goal. Was strong in his duels and linked up play well. Always getting in the right place in the attacking third to create dangerous moments for the opposition defence. Stretched up play well.
Greg Taylor 6
Came close to scoring as he hit the post. Linked up play well.
Leigh Griffiths 5
Celtic will be happy to have him back on the field. Looked rusty but got some much needed minutes.
Olivier Ntcham 5
Brought fresh legs on the pitch.
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