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Livingston 2-2 Celtic: Tom Rogic equaliser moves leaders 13 points clear

By Jonathan SutherlandBBC Scotland at the Tony Macaroni Arena

Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic averted a first domestic defeat of 2020 after Tom Rogic's stoppage-time goal snatched a draw at Livingston to move them 13 points clear.

Livingston had looked like earning an unlikely double against the champions - and an eighth home win in a row - after Scott Robinson and Jon Guthrie cancelled out Callum McGregor's strike.

But Rogic struck to earn the point that edges Neil Lennon's side further clear of Rangers, who were beaten at home by Hamilton Academical.

It was the first time in 12 domestic games that Celtic have failed to win and the second time this season that they have been unable to do so at the Tony Macaroni, after losing 2-0 there in October.

Gary Holt's Livingston, meanwhile, are now six points off third-place Motherwell.

Familiar story as Dykes causes problems

Livingston's victory over Celtic in October formed the narrative ahead of this game. It was the only defeat Lennon's side have suffered on the road in the Premiership this season.

It was the manner of the 2-0 victory that lingered, Livingston's forwards - Lyndon Dykes in particular - giving the likes of Christopher Jullien a torrid early introduction to life in the Scotland's top flight.

Celtic would seize the early initiative this time, though. McGregor collected the ball at the edge of the area, and the Scotland midfielder lashed home to make it 1-0. It was a superb strike.

But Livingston know how to cause mayhem from long throws. Ciaron Brown hurled the ball toward goal, Fraser Forster came for it but failed to get enough of a fist on the ball and it fell to Guthrie, who hooked it over his shoulder for his fifth of the season.

Celtic would create further first-half chances. Jullien headed over from a Ryan Christie free-kick, then Odsonne Edouard struck an upright after a McGregor burst.

Celtic away stat graphic

But, like in October, Dykes would give Jullien major problems as the second half began. The Australian striker drove into the box, leaving the defender trailing in his wake, and cut the ball back for Robinson to crash past Forster.

Celtic would throw the kitchen sink at Livingston without carving open the well-drilled home side. For most of the next 15 minutes, the champions were camped outside the penalty area.

But a poor backpass from Jullien would allow nemesis Dykes the chance to drive through the middle this time, only for the striker to loop his shot wide.

Almost immediately after that, Edouard burst through for Celtic, but his low effort was deflected wide. Eventually Leigh Griffiths was thrown into the fray against his old club, who were by now holding on as stoutly as they could against incessant Celtic attacks.

But eventually the pressure would tell as substitute Rogic's deflected shot found the net to rescue a point.

Man of the match - Lyndon Dykes

The Livingston striker gave the Celtic defenders a torrid time in October and did the same again in front of watching Australia assistant coach Rene Meulensteen.

Direct, strong, swaggering - a big impact player who appears to be getting better and better.

'The response was everything we expected' - reaction

Livingston 'excellent to a man' in Celtic draw - Holt

Livingston manager Gary Holt: "I am over the moon. To a man, they were excellent and I couldn't have asked for more from them.

"They are disappointed, but I told them to lift their heads up because we are really proud of them. It is a great point."

Celtic manager Neil Lennon: "I thought we were outstanding. We absolutely battered them in the second half and a draw was the least we deserved.

"The response from the team was everything we expected of them. Some of the speed of the play was breathtaking."

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Line-ups

Livingston

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 1McCrorie
  • 25AmbroseBooked at 34mins
  • 27Guthrie
  • 3Brown
  • 33Lawson
  • 17RobinsonSubstituted forBartleyat 65'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 8Pittman
  • 10Sibbald
  • 29Taylor-Sinclair
  • 11LawlessBooked at 69minsSubstituted forCrawfordat 72'minutes
  • 9DykesSubstituted forSoudaat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Devlin
  • 6Bartley
  • 7Jacobs
  • 16Crawford
  • 20Souda
  • 21McMillan
  • 31Schofield

Celtic

Formation 3-5-2

  • 67Forster
  • 6Bitton
  • 2Jullien
  • 35Ajer
  • 49Forrest
  • 17ChristieSubstituted forGriffithsat 75'minutes
  • 8BrownBooked at 89mins
  • 42McGregor
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forFrimpongat 62'minutes
  • 27ElyounoussiSubstituted forRogicat 69'minutes
  • 22Edouard

Substitutes

  • 1Gordon
  • 9Griffiths
  • 10Bayo
  • 15Hayes
  • 18Rogic
  • 30Frimpong
  • 33Elhamed
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
8,640

Match Stats

Home TeamLivingstonAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home27%
Away73%
Shots
Home7
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home17
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Livingston 2, Celtic 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Livingston 2, Celtic 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Celtic).

  4. Post update

    Ciaron Brown (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Jeremie Frimpong (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Aymen Souda (Livingston).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Livingston. Aymen Souda replaces Lyndon Dykes.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Livingston 2, Celtic 2. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Odsonne Edouard.

  9. Booking

    Marvin Bartley (Livingston) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Booking

    Scott Brown (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Marvin Bartley (Livingston).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Callum McGregor.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Christopher Jullien.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Marvin Bartley (Livingston).

  19. Post update

    Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Scott Pittman (Livingston).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic29252284196577
2Rangers28204463194464
3Motherwell29143124037345
4Aberdeen2911993735242
5Livingston29109104138339
6Hibernian29910104146-537
7Kilmarnock2996143140-933
8St Johnstone2871292746-1933
9Ross County2978142959-3029
10St Mirren2868142336-1326
11Hamilton2959152950-2124
12Hearts28410143050-2022
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