Celtic playout goaless draw with Livingston to leave Rangers with faint hope

Scottish Premiership Champions Celtic will have to hold on at least 14 days to clinch the Ladbrokes league title after being forced to a goalless draw by visiting Livingston.

 

The Premiership leaders were denied by a number of brilliant first-half saves from Livingston safe hand Liam Kelly and the home supporters endured a highly frustrating second fourth-five minuted as Gary Holt’s men sat back and restricted the host’s chances.

 

Celtic substitute Oliver Burke could have snatched a late winner but the player missed from very close range.

 

A Celtic victory and a Motherwell win over Premiership giants Rangers on Sunday afternoon would have ensured an eighth back-to-back title wins for Lennon’s boys, but the club will now need to hand on until after the latest development for their coronation as League champions.

 

The Premiership giants are now 14 points ahead and the only manner the League title will be secured before Neil Lennon returns to the club to face rivals Hibernian on the 21st of April is if arch-rivals Rangers take only a point from visits to Tynecastle and Fir Park beforehand.

 

Two victories for rivals Rangers would mean the reigning Scottish champions would need to hang on at least until they welcome Kilmarnock on the 27th of April before they can seal matters.

 

Neil Lennon made five key changes from the midweek victory over rivals St Mirren, with Kieran Tierney coming back and Tom Rogic playing his first game of the year after a knee problem.

 

The visitors created the first opportunity as Craig Halkett was left with so much space to head goal-ward but Scott Brown headed the ball behind goal for another corner kick.

 

The Premiership giants soon attacked and Christie forced Kelly’s opening save of the match as the Scotland international goalkeeper parried a goal-bound shot after a good attacking move down the left flank.

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