Celtic deserve credit for their tenacious first-half performance on Wednesday night despite losing to reigning Champions League champions Real Madrid. The Scottish champions were strong in the Premier League, with a 4-0 win in the former derby taking them five points clear of the Premier League table.
Meanwhile, the basketball team needs to get back on their feet for Saturday afternoon’s game against Livingston. While that’s where Ange Postecoglou’s side are, Livi has recently been bogeyed by Celtic. They have lost three times in the league so far, and the unpredictability of David Martindale’s side could test the Celtics’ resolve in the coming games.
Celtics predicted 4-3-3 roster to face Livingston
Joe Hart was busy against Los Blancos but the England veteran should be aiming for his fifth straight Premier League clean sheet while taking on Livingston.
A knee injury will keep Karl Stafelt out for the next few days, and summer signing Moritz Janz is set to take advantage of the Swedish central defender’s absence. He is expected to be at the heart of the backline alongside Cameron Carter-Vickers, with Josip Djuranovic and Greg Taylor expected to stay at the back, ahead of Anthony Ralston and Yale Alessandro Bernabe.
Bhoys has plenty of options in midfield but Callum McGregor’s experience and expertise can’t be replaced anytime soon. The captain had to pull the strings as a deep-buried playmaker, and the box-to-box movement of Reo Hatate and Matt O’Riley helped Postecoglou achieve his smooth “Angeball”.
However, the manager will have to rotate his midfield ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk midweek next week, so Aaron Mooy and David Turnbull are likely to be brought in from the bench at some point. Yosuke Iguchi’s injury has persisted since the start of the 2022-23 season.
Kyogo Furuhashi has recovered from a shoulder injury but will only be available for the last 20 minutes of the game against Real Madrid. He is, however, expected to start against Levy on the flanks with Felipe Jota and Lil Abada. Giorgos Giakoumakis can be presented as a “super-sub”, just like Daizen Maeda and James Forrest. Sead Hakšabanović showed his spark in a brief appearance on Wednesday night and the Montenegrin international, who joined them from Rubin Kazan in the final week of the transfer window, needs to increase his playing time.