The sides met at the weekend and fought out a battling 0-0 draw at Celtic Park – the first time Livingston have failed to win under their new boss.
They’ll be hopeful of returning to winning ways in the evening kick-off at their West Lothian home, but Celtic are also hoping to be bolstered by the return of several first-team players – and the management team – after their recent isolation. However developments on Monday have placed a question-mark over the Hoops’ team selection, with another self-isolating player returning a positive Coronavirus test.
Here’s what you need to know ahead of the match.
Who: Livingston v Celtic
What: SPFL Scottish Premiership
Where: Tony Macaroni Arena, Livingston
When: 8.15pm, Wednesday, January 20, 2021
How to watch
Non season-ticket holders were limited to BBC Sportscene highlights of the weekend’s encounter, however the full match will be available live on Sky, with the broadcast beginning at 8pm – fifteen minutes ahead of kick-off.
The programme will be available on Sky Sports Main Event (ch. 401) and Sky Sports Football (403). Anyone wishing to watch online can do so via the Sky Go app.
Celtic: DDLWWD*WW (2nd)
Livingston: DWWWWWWW (5th)
Livingston have yet to sample defeat under David Martindale and Saturday’s scoreless draw in the east end of Glasgow was the first time a team has taken points from the new manager this season.
Celtic have taken just two points from a possible nine after Old Firm defeat to Rangers and two draws under caretaker coach Gavin Strachan after returning from Dubai.
For Celtic Christopher Jullien is definitely out with his knee injury and James Forrest is edging back from his lengthy lay-off too.
However there could be better news for the visitors as a large swathe of the first team were expected to be available for selection plus Neil Lennon and John Kennedy following Jullien’s positive Covid test. However another of the 13 isolating players who has missed the two games since the team’s return from Dubai has reported positive for Covid while in quarantine. The absent players have been given home workouts to follow during their time in isolation to ensure those eligible will be as fit as possible in the absence of team training.
Livingston brought Jack Fitzwater back as a substitute on Saturday after his lay-off, but Keaghan Jacobs and Alan Lithgow remain out longer term.
Until Saturday there had been goals galore in this fixture over recent times, and often shared out.
Celtic won the first fixture this season 3-2 and last season saw ten goals between the teams’ three fixtures. A 2-2 draw, a 4-0 win for Celtic and a 2-0 win for Livingston at the Tony Macaroni when Christie was sent off was also the Lions’ last win over the Hoops.
However typically on Saturday that run came to an end with a scoreless draw.