Celtic are in the ascendency with five consecutive wins under their belt across all competitions, with the last four of these coming by two-goal margins.
Their run of three clean sheets came to an end last time out against Hibernian, though they were already three goals to the good following a scintillating opening half hour to that game.
The Hoops will hope to get back to keeping clean sheets here as only St. Johnstone and Dundee have managed fewer goals than Livingston this term.
David Martindale’s side have improved on that score in their past three outings, registering seven goals against St. Johnstone, Ross County and Dundee Utd, though they’d managed just a single goal across their previous six appearances in all competitions.
Livingston will take encouragement from their 1-0 win over Celtic at home when they last met in September, meaning they’ve only actually lost one of their past four meetings.
However, that was a 6-0 defeat here at Parkhead in April in their previous clash, and it’s fair to say that Celtic have clearly improved since that most recent tussle.
The Hoops were in the midst of a dreadful run of just W2-D1-L5 from late August until the end of September, whereas they head into this fixture full of confidence with the momentum of results behind them.
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On home turf alone, Celtic have won nine of 11 games since the start of August, losing just once in Europe to Bayer Leverkusen in their worst performance of the campaign.
Although Ange Postecoglou’s men conceded four goals on that occasion, the German outfit are a cut above the typical level of their opponents.
All but one of the Hoops’ victories over this entire period saw a minimum two-goal margin, as they netted at least three goals on six occasions, while they can boast eight clean sheets from these appearances.
Indeed, in the league alone, six of the seven goals Celtic have conceded have come on their travels, despite having played a game extra away from Parkhead.
The hosts do have an injury concern with Tomas Rogic a slight doubt after being withdrawn at half time against Hibs last time out, having dictated the game up until that point.
However, the attack looked to hold better shape with Kyogo Furuhashi restored to a central role, having been less effective in some recent performances when stationed out wide.
With a near-fit squad to select from and options to change things from the bench, Celtic should continue their excellent run, especially with the added advantage of playing at home.
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