Celtic’s topsy-turvy campaign under Australian boss Ange Postecoglou continued on Saturday afternoon as the Hoops played out a bore draw with one of their bogey teams.
Barring a 6-0 win for the Bhoys last term, Livingston have become a regular stumbling block for Celtic who often struggle against the Lions.
In six of their last nine outings with Livi, Celtic have failed to come out on top and their 0-0 draw this weekend was just the tip of the iceberg.
Giorgos Giakoumakis was charged with taking what would have been a decisive penalty in the clash but his effort was incredibly tame and was subsequently saved down to the right of Max Stryjek.
The decision to let the Greek forward take the spot-kick was a bizarre one. Josip Juranovic has taken two penalties since he arrived in Glasgow and has scored both of them.
However, Callum McGregor admitted at full-time that Giakoumakis was the designated taker.
It was a bizarre sequence of events that left Postecoglou with plenty of questions to answer. John Hartson was left perplexed by the decision on Twitter while other supporters ridiculed him for his display at Parkhead.
One took to social media to claim that he was hopeless during the clash and it’s not hard to see why.
That led to the attacker making just five passes during the game as he went on to lose possession on four occasions.
On top of that, only one shot was on target which just so happened to be the penalty. However, little praise can be drawn from what was such a woeful attempt at goal.
Why Juranovic didn’t take it will be debated well into the season, especially if Celtic fall short of winning the Premiership by just a couple of points.
Livingston may well be a bogey team for the Hoops but this wasn’t just a case of bad luck. It was an extremely poor afternoon for Giakoumakis who has had such a stop-start time at Paradise.
He lacked match fitness after signing from VVV-Venlo and has only scored once. Immediately, his move to Glasgow is panning out to be poor business.