Celtic received 3-0 at Livingston to increase their lead on the prime of the Scottish Premiership on Saturday lunch time regardless of goalkeeper Joe Hart selecting up a first-half purple card.
Issues had been going in keeping with plan for the champions on the Tony Macaroni Enviornment when Reo Hatate nearly transformed a 14th-minute penalty, awarded after Luiyi De Lucas had hacked down the Japan ahead within the field.
Nevertheless, the match appeared to activate its head after Hart was proven a straight purple card for taking out Mo Sangare simply exterior the world because the Livi striker latched on to an extended ball excessive simply earlier than the half-hour mark.
However Brendan Rodgers’s facet noticed out the second interval with few issues and prolonged their lead due to additional strikes at first of the half from Matt O’Riley – his fourth already within the league this season – and a marvel purpose from Daizen Maeda on the dying.
Livi made two alterations from the workforce that drew at Ross County final outing, with midfield duo Mo Sangare and Scott Pittman coming in for the benched Stephen Kelly and Mikey Devlin, who’s injured.
In the meantime, Celtic made simply the one change to the facet that misplaced 2-0 to Feyenoord within the Champions League group stage on Tuesday evening with James Forrest changing Luis Palma, who was a substitute, in what was his first begin since in opposition to Rangers within the new yr.
Consequently, Celtic prolonged their lead over second-placed St Mirren, who play afterward Saturday afternoon, to 5 factors, whereas David Martindale’s workforce keep in seventh place.
Extra to observe shortly…
Celtic’s subsequent Scottish Premiership match is away to Motherwell on September 30. Kick-off 12.30pm.
Livingston have a Viaplay Cup quarter-final at Rangers on Wednesday evening. Kick-off 8pm.
Their subsequent Scottish Premiership sport is at St Johnstone on September 30. That sport kicks off at 3pm.