Celtic vs Livingston prediction: Celtic 4-0 Livingston
It’s flag day at Celtic Park.
Prior to kick off, the SPFL champions flag will be raised above Paradise for a seventh straight year to commemorate the hosts retaining the league title once again.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) August 2, 2018
The Bhoys in Green have now won 49 league titles and are closing in on a record breaking 10 in a row.
As for Livingston, it’s a day of celebration for them too. After amazingly securing back to back promotions last season, they are back in the Premiership and will be desperate to stay there.
However, they’ve lost all 10 of their visits to Celtic Park and it would be a surprise if that wasn’t extended to 11.
Can Livingston cause, what would be, an enormous upset?
Celtic’s goals vs Rosenborg in Champions League qualifying
— Celtic TV (@CelticTV) July 26, 2018
Celtic vs Livingston: Who will win?
The Hoops haven’t failed to win their opening league game of the season since 2007. So, unsurprisingly, Celtic are 1/10 to start this season with a win.
Under Brendan Rodgers, Celtic have won 28 of their 38 home league games, only losing once, but that defeat did come on the final day of last season against Aberdeen.
It would be a major surprise if Livingston pulled off a win which is reflected by the fact they’re 20/1.
Celtic to win and over 2.5 goals seems a safe bet at 2/5.
Odsonne Édouard has scored 3 goals already this season and is 9/4 to score first and 8/15 to net anytime.
Scott Sinclair has scored against 11 of the 12 different SPFL clubs he’s faced in his two years at Celtic.
The only exception being Dundee. He is 7/2 to score first and evens to score anytime to make that 12 out of 13.
Celtic vs Livingston: Match preview
Despite the fact that this is the first league game of the season, both sides have already played 4 competitive games.
Celtic have participated in two rounds of Champions League qualifiers seeing off Alashkert and more recently Rosenborg on Wednesday. They’ll face Greek champions AEK Athens this coming Wednesday in the penultimate round of qualifying.
As for Livingston, they’ve been competing in the League Cup group stages. Wins over Airdrieonians, Annan Athletic, Berwick Rangers, as well as a shoot-out victory over Hamilton Accies, saw them comfortably top group F.
They’ll now face last season’s cup runners up Motherwell at home in the last 16 in two weeks time.
Incidentally, Celtic will travel across Glasgow to take on Partick Thistle in the last 16 as they look to retain this cup for a third year running.
Celtic team news vs Livingston
There is plenty of good news for Celtic heading into this one.
Jozo Šimunović, had to sit out both legs against Rosenborg through suspension, so will be fresher than most.
Also, Mikel Lustig and Dedryck Boyata are both in contention after their exploits with Sweden and Belgium respectively at the World Cup. The former made a cameo appearance in Trondheim on Wednesday and is likely to start at right back.
However, the man all Celtic fans are desperate to see back is Moussa Dembélé. He went off with a hamstring strain 3 weeks ago in the home tie with Alashkert but may be available for selection. He is unlikely to be thrown straight into the starting XI though but could be amongst the subs.
With AEK in mind, Rodgers is expected to rotate. Players like Tom Rogic, Eboue Kouassi and Jonny Hayes are likely to get a start and he might even rotate more heavily than that.
Livingston team news v Celtic
This is Kenny Miller’s first league game as player manager having taken over from David Hopkin in the summer.
Miller has scored 6 goals against Celtic in his Rangers career and would love to add another for Livingston.
He’s also already scored once this season, in the 1-0 win over Annan.
He has no injury concerns and the fact his team has only conceded a solitary goals this season will give him hope ahead of this very daunting first game.
Predicted Celtic team vs Livingston
Predicted Livingston team v Celtic
Latest tweet from Celtic pre Livingston
🎙 Brendan Rodgers speaking after #RBKCEL:
“Different type of game to last week. Thought Rosenborg played very well in the first half. They needed to come out and take the initiative and I thought they played well.” #UCL pic.twitter.com/IjcBLTkl3t
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) August 1, 2018
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.