Livingston midfielder Jason Holt will head to Celtic Park this afternoon knowing the West Lothian side face a mammoth task to try get something from their clash with in-form Celtic – but the former Rangers and Hearts star thinks they can take confidence from the 1-1 draw with Dundee United in midweek.

Despite playing more than 45 minutes with only ten men, United couldn’t take advantage of their numerical superiority and grab a winner, with Holt happy to see Livi being “gritty” in their performances.

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Holt in action against his old side (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Holt believes that has played a big part in Livingston’s recent results and confessed that although some players might not like it, it is vital for Livi to succeeed.

“We’ve got a wee element of back being gritty, which has given us the results we’ve got recently,” Holt said [WLC].


“We had to show that again in the second half against Dundee United in midweek and although they had a lot of the ball I thought we showed that determination and got behind the ball and made ourselves hard to beat.

“I think we have shown that different side to the game recently, that grit and determination. It’s maybe a side that people don’t like doing so much, but you have to do it if you want to win.”

The trip to Parkhead this afternoon is one Holt knows will be “extrememly difficult” but the prospect of a big crowd in Glasgow’s east end makes it the sort of fixture the ex-Rangers midfielder relishes playing in.

With Celtic looking to leapfrog Rangers and go top of the table this afternoon, Livingston will need to be on top of their game – something Holt knows all too well – but the diminuitive midfielder will head along the M8 this afternoon with confidence his side can cause an upset, adding: “We’ll look forward to it and be confident that we can take something from the game. I don’t think the game plan will change too much.

“There will be a big crowd and every player that joins the club, you look forward to these fixtures and you want to play at these venues – Ibrox, Parkhead, the big stadiums. It’s great to play in front of that many fans so the players will look forward to it.

“We’re under no illusions, it’s going to be an extremely difficult game and one where we’ll have to be well drilled, organised and when we do get the ball and move forward, we have to make the most of those opportunities.”

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