Ange Postecoglou and Celtic are back in action, this time in Livingston, a venue where the Hoops have struggled for a variety of reasons.
Anxiety is gripping even those who normally have a positive outlook. In terms of intrigue, it’s on par with going to the dentist or filing your taxes.
Admittedly, the prospect of visiting West Lothian is a drag. And there are a number of reasons why this is the case.
One of the most important aspects of the Tony Macaroni Arena is, of course, the pitch. Today, Scott McDonald told 67 Hail Hail that it was “crap,” and it’s hard to disagree with him.
Even if our league opponents haven’t had the same issues, Celtic just can’t seem to find their groove on that surface.
Celtic and plastic pitches don’t mix well. It’s a challenge Celtic must overcome at some point. A plastic training surface, for example, is most likely within the club’s reach.
That and Livingston’s techniques. Celtic’s ability to defend a low block was questioned throughout the season, especially in the early going.
The Celtics’ plan for dealing with seven, eight, or even nine 10-man defences. It’s good that Ange Postecoglou was able to find a solution last night. The dread is still there, however.
Finally, we come to the actual recording. The more Celtic fail to defeat Livingston convincingly, the more this narrative grows. As time goes on, it’ll become increasingly tough.