'A nightmare, I don't know where it goes from here' - Celtic legend fears the worst after Livingston draw

Pat Bonner says watching Celtic concede the lead in the second half at Livingston would feel like a ‘dagger through the heart’ for Neil Lennon.
Former Celtic keeper Pat Bonner (Picture: SNS Group Craig Williamson)Former Celtic keeper Pat Bonner (Picture: SNS Group Craig Williamson)
Former Celtic keeper Pat Bonner (Picture: SNS Group Craig Williamson)

After falling behind to Cieran Brown’s opening goal, Celtic rallied and scored an exquisite flicked equaliser from the impressive Moi Elyounoussi before Nir Bitton sent the visitors ahead at the interval from Calum McGregor’s sumptuous assist.

But Celtic failed to put the West Lothian side away and the Lions rallied for their second draw – and tenth game without a defeat thanks to Jay-Emmanuel Thomas’ second-half tap-in.

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And that goal will have hurt, legendary Celtic goalkeeper Bonner believes."It’s a dagger in the heart of Neil Lennon,” he said of the goal on BBC Sportsound. “He’s sitting there as a manager fighting for his job and you’re just hoping at 2-1 up, then you lose the lead again, it’s just been a nightmare – for all of them – and I don’t know where it goes from here.

“That is not good. The pressure now comes on not just Neil Lennon but Peter Lawwell too and that’s the problem for them.”

Bonner, who played for the Parkhead side 646 times, also watched the previous scoreless draw between the sides on Saturday and added: “For Celtic it was a better performance when conditions were good, but did they create a lot of chances? Probably not.

“Celtic never were able to get the ball into the final third and turn Livingston – you can’t pass the way through in these conditions.”

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