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Celtic: Sead Haksabanovic let Postecoglou down v Livi

When Celtic visit the Tony Macaroni Arena, they tend to struggle. Before today’s convincing 3-0 win, they had only won at Livi once during their last six visits.

Thus, even if today’s game was against a team that sits ninth in the table, it was a big victory for Ange Postecoglou’s Hoops side.

Greg Taylor was incredibly impressive on the left-hand side of defence, scoring the second goal of the game while Kyogo Furuhashi returned to form as he found the net for just his third strike in his last 11 matches.

The Japan international has come under fire recently for some uncharacteristic finishing of late with the likes of Giorgos Giakoumakis and James Forrest staking their claims for more permanent roles.

While Forrest has found a permanent home for himself in the starting XI at present, the former has not and his missed penalty today will do him no favours.

However, with competition for places in Postecoglou’s attacking ranks high, it’s important that everyone in that third of the pitch is at their best.

Jota had been missing with a muscle injury in the last few games but returned with a typically energetic performance as he scored the final goal of the encounter.

It would be incredibly surprising if he isn’t given his first start since his injury against Real Madrid in the Champions League in midweek, particularly after Sead Haksabanovic’s poor outing on Sunday lunchtime.

The 23-year-old is yet to score after arriving in the summer and saved perhaps his quietest performance yet for Livingston this weekend.

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Despite the ease at which Celtic won the game, the Montenegro international played very little part in that.

During his 80 minutes on the pitch, the winger was successful with just one of his three attempted dribbles and could only muster one key pass against Livi’s low block.

Furthermore, Haksabanovic lost the ball every 3.9 touches and gave away five fouls on an afternoon where he was quite evidently frustrated with how his game was going.

The Celtic Way’s Tony Haggerty perhaps summed it up best at full-time, writing in his player match ratings that “he was desperate to be involved and saw a lot of the ball but couldn’t turn it into either assists or goals.”

That is what appears to make the difference in Postecoglou’s selection with the aforementioned Jota a man who produces goals and assists in abundance with the Portuguese registering 11 goal involvements to Haksabanovic’s zero in 2022/23.

With that in mind, the Australian manager must drop the Montenegrin in midweek in favour of his £6.7m-rated livewire.

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