Livingston manager David Martindale hopes to make use of the plastic surface at the Tony Macaroni Arena when Celtic travel to West Lothian.

The Parkhead club are in a transitional period under boss Ange Postecoglou and Martindale knows some of the Australian’s new squad won’t have played competitive football on an artificial pitch. Livi’s Scottish Premiership turf is often criticised but the West Lothian manager believes it could play into his side’s hands this Sunday.

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Livingston face Celtic this Sunday. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Martindale’s team have one point from five league games so far this season. He said: “I think Celtic are going through a transition, but they are still a very good football team. They are coming into the unknown a little bit and hopefully people have told him (Postecoglou) how horrific our park is. We look forward to it.

“I think you can see Ange’s style of play – it’s very good going forward. We need to try and find a way to win against this new Celtic team. The park is ‘horrific,’ which helps us. I don’t think, with the calibre of player they have, that Celtic enjoy playing on the plastic surface. So we have to use that to our advantage.

 

“They have a lot of international class players. We are recruiting in a very different market, lower league football. Ange has the luxury of recruiting international players, and yes they are a transitional period, but there are exciting players in his squad.”

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