Celtic might be down in numbers – but this won’t affect Livingston’s preparations for the match at Parkhead according to manager David Martindale.
The Lions head into this match fresh off the back of Sunday’s 3-1 win over Ross County after their midweek match with Aberdeen was postponed. They face a Celtic side who haven’t had to look far for problems.
Currently, 16 players and staff at Celtic Park are isolating following a warm weather training trip to Dubai ended in disaster, chief executive Peter Lawwell admitting this week that the trip was a mistake.
But with David Turnbull, Callum McGregor and Tom Rogic just some of the names they can call upon, Martindale still expects a tough afternoon: “I was looking at Celtic’s squad against Hibs.
“Looking round the team, I was valuing it at around £60 million. They had an abundance of talent on that pitch – £60 million could run my club for 60 years. They have a big squad for a reason. It’s a fantastic squad and, even the squad that lined up against Hibs was very good.
“Yes, it’s diminished for a Celtic team, but that’s got nothing to do with us. We can only play what’s in front of us. There’s an opportunity to go there and pick up points but, on the flip-side, they are more than capable of beating us. We’ll need to be at the top of our game.”
Despite a postponed fixture midweek, the Lions preparations for this aren’t affected, as they look to make it nine consecutive wins: “It doesn’t really change our build-up.
“It means I could get more intensity into the players on Thursday, whereas that would have been a recovery session.”
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