Celtic are back in action away to Livingston in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday afternoon, with the Old Firm outfit looking to shake off their recent European disappointment following their midweek draw against Shakhtar Donetsk.
That Champions League stalemate at Parkhead ensured that Ange Postecoglou’s side are still without a win on their return to the group stage, having also seen any hope of reaching the next round of the Europa League dashed.
For all the frustration on the continental stage, it is largely been smooth sailing for the Glasgow side domestically so far this term, having won 12 of their 13 games in league and cup, with that solitary defeat coming against St Mirren back in September.
That loss had ended the Hoops’ 38-game unbeaten run in the top flight, with their last slip-up prior to that coming against Livi almost exactly a year earlier, amid what was a slow start to life in charge at Celtic Park for Postecoglou.
This weekend’s opponents have provided a stern test for the Bhoys in recent seasons, with David Martindale’s side having also secured a draw when the two sides met in October, as well as a further two draws from their four meetings during the 2020/21 campaign.
As such, it will no doubt be a challenge to walk away from the Tony Macaroni Arena with all three points on Sunday, although the Scottish champions could well have a secret weapon in the form of long-serving ace, James Forrest, with the 31-year-old boasting an impressive record against the Lions.
The Scotland international has scored four goals in just ten games against Celtic’s upcoming opponents in his career to date, including his one and only league goal last term back in March to help his side to a 3-1 win and end a 15-year wait for a win in west Lothian.
The 35-cap sensation will be hoping to bolster that tally and keep his recent goalscoring form going this weekend, with the £19k-per-week speedster having netted four goals in his last two league games, including the opener during last week’s thriller against Hearts.
The one-club “hero” – as described by journalist Sean Markus Clifford – has looked “reborn” in recent weeks, as per Josh Bunting, with Livingston likely dreading coming up against a figure who is not only looking deadly at present, but has also regularly tormented them over the years.