Livingston have had a miserable start to the 2021-22 campaign after losing four of their first five fixtures in the Scottish Premiership, with just one draw to their name.
While they were able to find a victory in the Scottish League Cup, even that was the result of a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw with St Mirren, as the Lions have not won a match since July in 90 minutes.
The season started poorly with a 3-0 loss away at Rangers, and they have been unable to get out of that slump since, with defeats against Aberdeen, Motherwell and Hibernian.
While all of those teams currently find themselves in the top half of the table, things do not get any easier as they now face Celtic, who are also up amongst those clubs chasing the top spots.
Despite the poor start to the season, David Martindale’s men put in one of their best performances of the campaign during their last game against Dundee, which saw them earn a point.
The two teams battled it out to a goalless draw, which was a positive result for the Lions, although they were unable to put any of their 12 shots into the back of the net.
This has been a continuing problem for Livingston so far this season, as they have scored just two goals in the league, which is something that the attacking players must address in order to steer the club away from the relegation zone.
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A victory does have the potential to lift the Lions as high as eighth place in the table depending on other results, but they will need to massively improve upon the last time they faced the Hoops, as Martindale’s squad lost 6-0.
Celtic will also be hoping other fixtures provide kind results, as a win could actually see them finish this weekend top of the league, which would be an ideal situation.
However, they will need to respond to the defeat that they suffered midweek in the Europa League against Real Betis, in what proved to be a seven-goal thriller.