Celtic 0-0 Livingstone: Hoops held and must wait for title triumph


Celtic 0-0 Livingstone: Hoops held and must wait for title triumph

Celtic must wait at least two weeks to clinch the Ladbrokes Premiership title after being held to a 0-0 draw by Livingston on Saturday

The leaders were denied by a string of first-half saves from Livi goalkeeper Liam Kelly and the home fans endured a frustrating second half as Gary Holt’s side sat in and restricted Celtic’s chances.

Neil Lennon’s side couldn’t overcome Livingstone

Oliver Burke could have snatched a win in stoppage time but the Celtic substitute missed from close range.

A Celtic win and a Motherwell victory over Rangers on Sunday would have sealed an eighth consecutive title for Neil Lennon’s men, but they will now have to wait until after the split for their inevitable coronation as champions.

Celtic are now 14 points clear and the only way the title will be in the bag before Lennon returns to Easter Road to face Hibernian on April 21 is if Rangers take just a point from trips to Fir Park and Tynecastle beforehand.

Two wins for Rangers would mean Celtic would need to wait at least until they host Kilmarnock on April 27 before they can wrap up matters.

Tom Rogic made his first start of 2019

Lennon made five changes from the midweek win over St Mirren with Kieran Tierney returning and Tom Rogic making his first start of the year following a knee injury.

Livingston created the first chance as Craig Halkett was left in space to head towards goal but Scott Brown headed the ball behind for another corner.

Celtic were soon on the attack and Ryan Christie forced Kelly’s first save as the Scotland squad goalkeeper parried a shot after a good move down the left.

The champions were moving the ball about with pace and purpose and both Brown and Christie were off-target from the edge of the box before Kelly continued his good work.