Celtic held an absolutely abysmal draw with Livingston at Parkhead
Celtic managed a disappointing 0-0 draw with Livingston’s fifth place on Saturday afternoon, giving leaders Rangers the chance to extend their lead in the Scottish Premier League to a gargantuan 23 points.
The Hoops struggled to carve out a major chance against the Lions and ended the game with just one shot on target, while their visitors enjoyed more goal attempts during the 90 minutes.
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Celtic’s best second-half chance came late, when Anthony Ralston’s ball in the box almost fell to Armstrong Okoflex, but the teenager couldn’t put the ball into the net.
The draw means Neil Lennon’s men now have a whopping 20 points behind the Rangers, who have the chance to extend their lead by three more points on Sunday afternoon, when they travel to Motherwell.
The Bhoys have two games in hand against the league leaders, which will extend to three when Steven Gerrard’s stars hit the pitch on Sunday. But even if Celtic win both of their current two games, they will remain a worrying 14 points behind Rangers, leaving hopes of winning ten league titles in a row hanging by a thread.
The pressure is starting to rise to untenable levels on coach Lennon, who must fear the worst after this latest setback. Celtic’s ambitions to become the first team in Scottish football history to win ten consecutive league titles took a heavy blow when they lost to rivals Old Firm Rangers earlier this month, slipping to a 1-0 defeat despite the domination of the match.
They’ve since followed that crushing defeat with two crystal-clear draws, leaving the champions closer than ever to losing their crown. Rangers boss Gerrard will smell blood ahead of Sunday’s trip to Motherwell, knowing his men could take another giant step towards their first league title since 2011 with a win at Fir Park.