By David Buick
Livingston drew 2-2 with Celtic at The Tony Macaroni Arena to secure 10 games in a row undefeated, courtesy of goals from Ciaron Brown and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
The home side went in front as Brown headed home from a Julian Serrano free kick but Celtic rallied and goals from Mohamed Elyounoussi and Nir Biton had Celtic in front at the break. Emmanuel-Thomas converted from a low cross to equalise and earn a point for his side, all this before Celtic captain Scott Brown was sent off for an elbow towards the end.
Here are three things we learned from a snowy evening in West Lothian.
Changed Livi side earn well deserved point
Seven changes were made from the Livi team that faced Celtic at Parkhead over the weekend and some may have feared that Livi would suffer as a result as Celtic had most of their stars back from isolation.
However, Livingston played extremely well, and a point was the very least they deserved. The home side took the lead in the first half through Brown’s header but were then pegged back as Celtic scored two before half time.
Livingston showed great character, however, as a brilliant second half performance saw the Lions earn a point as Emmanuel-Thomas scored an equaliser. Livingston continued to be positive towards the end of the game and could have perhaps won it on another day.
New signings impress
Early in the second half, David Martindale turned to his bench and introduced two new signings, Gavin Reilly and Jaze Kabia. The two new men were introduced for Jack Hamilton and Alan Forrest as Livi looked to add more energy in forward areas.
Reilly immediately upped the intensity in the Livingston press as he harried and tussled with both the Celtic centre-backs. Kabia’s influence was even more telling as he linked up well with Brown, who crossed for JET for the equalising goal.
Kabia was in the thick of it in another big talking point as he was on the receiving end of an elbow from Brown that saw the Celtic skipper see red.
Two brilliant performances and well-earned draws for The Lions against the champions, at Celtic Park on Saturday and then at home.
With the league cup semi-finals on the horizon this weekend, Martindale will be hoping they can maintain their high levels of performance in these games to help propel themselves into a cup final.