Celtic challenge highlights James Penrice’s jump from League One to Livingston

Livingston’s James Penrice says it’s been a ‘big step’ to go from playing League One football to facing off against Celtic this afternoon.

The defender helped Partick Thistle return to the Scottish Championship last season and won himself a move to Premiership Livingston in the summer. He’s in line to start against Celtic today, who haven’t beaten Livi in West Lothian since their return to the top flight of Scottish football since 2018. Penrice wants to make it a ‘nervous’ experience.


Penrice faces Celtic today. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

He said: “I wasn’t involved in the games previously when Celtic were here but I watched them and that’s what it’s about, you want to make it as uncomfortable as possible. They are going to have a lot of fans out there and you want the fans to start getting on their back because they have not scored and are not creating chances and looking a bit nervous.

“That’s what we want and that will be a big part on Sunday. I think the fans will like it when it is end to end. We know we can compete and that’s the big thing for us. First of all, from my point of view, as a defence we have to make sure we get a clean sheet and the attacking players need to go and open up those gaps that get left.

“Hopefully we can do that. It’s been a big learning curve for me this season. I had only played a handful of Premiership games before coming here so it’s a big step to go from League One to facing Celtic. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and I want it to continue.

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