Livingston defender Jack Fitzwater thinks the West Lothian side are starting to resemble last season’s side as they try to make the Tony Macaroni Arena a “difficult” place for opposition teams to visit.

Livi drew 1-1 with in-form Dundee United in midweek after going down to 10 men shortly before the break and Fitzwater believes his side had “dominated” proceedings up until that point.

“We’ve started to perform like we did last season when we were hard to beat and gritty in games,” he said. “We want to make this a difficult place to play, make ourselves hard to beat at home.

Jack Fitzwater in action for Livingston

Jack Fitzwater in action for Livingston (Alan Harvey / SNS Group / Getty Images)

“It was all about us sticking together and getting your mate out of a hole. We deserved our point against United. In the first half up until the sending-off we absolutely bossed the game.

“We dominated it. We were on the front foot and we were trying to build on our recent wins but when you go down to 10 men it’s difficult.

“In the dressing room at half-time we spoke about sticking together. It’s a great group of lads we have. We focused on being hard to beat and to defend our box well and in the end we deserved at least a point.”

With Livingston facing a trip to take on Celtic tomorrow, the Lions face a tough task to get something against the Parkhead side away from home.

However, after winning the last time the two sides met, Fitzwater knows what to expect from Celtic, insisting Livi travel to Glasgow with “optimism” of getting a result against Ange Postecoglou’s men, saying: “It was only a few weeks ago that we beat them so we will know what to expect.”

“We’ll go there and be hard to beat. We defended well in numbers last time and made ourselves hard to beat. Even against United when we were down to 10 we created chances on the break.

“The game at home against Celtic we had arguably the better chances – we should have been two up by half-time. We will take the positives from that game and from Wednesday then go there with optimism.

“It’s all about consistency, trusting the process and believing in what we are doing.”

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