Giorgos Giakoumakis missed an injury-time penalty as Celtic didn’t climb prime of the Scottish Premiership after a irritating draw with Livingston.
The Greek striker’s weak spot-kick was saved by Max Stryjek after Ayo Obileye was despatched off for lashing out at Celtic substitute Kyogo Furuhashi.
Regardless of 85% possession, it was simply the hosts’ second try on the right track as resolute Livingston dug in for a degree.
Celtic keep second, now a degree behind Rangers, who face Motherwell on Sunday.
Giakoumakis fluffed a good later likelihood, scuffing broad with the aim gaping, however Livingston had been aggrieved to not be given a spot-kick of their very own when house goalkeeper Joe Hart caught Obileye within the face.
The West Lothian aspect drop a spot to tenth regardless of going 4 unbeaten and making it 4 factors from two conferences with Celtic this season.
The penalty was Stryjek’s first save as Livingston nullified their hosts expertly. David Martindale’s males had been the final aspect to inflict a league defeat on Celtic, successful 1-0 in West Lothian in September, and got here to Glasgow with two victories in a three-game unbeaten run.
Their perception and organisation shone by means of regardless of supervisor Martindale having to get “creative” along with his workforce set-up after a few accidents on Friday scuppered his plans.
The rapidly organized three-man backline of Tom Parkes, Jack Fitzwater and Obileye stood sturdy and repelled every little thing Celtic might throw at them.
Even when Obileye’s late second of insanity offered Celtic with the possibility of a fifth straight league win, Stryjek got here to his defender’s rescue with a save low to his proper.
Lacking the midfield artistry of Tom Rogic, Celtic concentrated their assaults down the flanks, with a succession of deliveries from Jota and Anthony Ralston handled by the guests.
Josip Juranovic and Liel Abada flashed efforts over the bar and Carl Starfelt headed narrowly too excessive, however Celtic had not created an opportunity of notice till the stroke of half-time when Ralston’s curling shot in the direction of the far put up was nodded off the road by Fitzwater.
The sample continued and, by the hour mark, house supervisor Ange Postecoglou had seen sufficient. Centre-back Starfelt couldn’t proceed after selecting up an damage, and striker Kyogo was despatched on whereas Mikey Johnston changed Abada in a double change.
Nonetheless Celtic lacked a leading edge and their efforts had been summed up when David Turnbull picked out Jota unmarked, just for the Portuguese winger to take a fresh-air swipe.
Livingston posed no risk on the different finish, bar a shot from substitute Alan Forrest that deflected over, however had been incensed when Hart went unpunished for clattering Obileye because the goalkeeper got here out to clear a free-kick.
There was additional drama to return with Giakoumakis’ penalty miss, with the Greek getting the nod over Juranovic who had scored Celtic’s final two spot-kicks.
The ahead must have made amends within the dying embers of six added minutes, however couldn’t get a clear connection and the ball drifted broad.
Man of the match – Jack Fitzwater
What did we be taught?
Celtic have been in commanding home kind however regarded bereft of concepts on the right way to break down the well-drilled guests.
Rogic’s loss was keenly felt as Celtic frequently went broad and their deliveries hit a brick wall of Livingston’s towering three-man defence.
And after scoring on his first begin in Celtic’s earlier house outing, this was a nightmare afternoon for Giakoumakis, who supplied little risk all through earlier than his botched injury-time ending.
As for Livingston, Martindale bought his tactical plan spot on. They got here for a degree, bought it comparatively comfortably, and will even have stolen all three had Hart been penalised for clattering Obileye.
What did they are saying?
Celtic supervisor Ange Postecoglou: “It was simply a kind of days. We created sufficient alternatives to win. We moved the ball properly and located a manner by means of 11 gamers sitting deep, however simply could not put the ball within the internet.
“It was my resolution to place Giakoumakis on penalties. He wasn’t on the pitch after we bought the final one however he was the designated taker as we speak.”
Livingston supervisor David Martindale: “It is most likely concerning the calmest I have been in a recreation. We restricted Celtic to crosses from broad areas. I do not assume Max Stryjek – apart from the penalty – had a shot to save lots of.
“It could have been an injustice had the penalty gone in. Credit score to Max, he is provide you with an enormous save, and my gamers did not deserve to depart right here with nothing. They had been sensible.”
Celtic are on Europa League obligation in opposition to Ferencvaros in Budapest on Thursday (20:00 GMT) earlier than going through Dundee within the Premiership subsequent Sunday at noon. Livingston host Hibernian the day past (15:00).
- 4StarfeltSubstituted forFuruhashiat 58′minutes
- 11AbadaSubstituted forJohnstonat 58′minutes
- 17Neves FilipeSubstituted forForrestat 82′minutes
- 6ObileyeBooked at 90mins
- 24KellySubstituted forLongridgeat 90′minutes
- 22ShinnieSubstituted forForrestat 73′minutes
- 9AndersonSubstituted forPanayiotouat 73′minutes
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Match ends, Celtic 0, Livingston 0.
Second Half ends, Celtic 0, Livingston 0.
Try missed. David Turnbull (Celtic) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is excessive and broad to the fitting. Assisted by Anthony Ralston with a cross.
Try missed. Giorgos Giakoumakis (Celtic) proper footed shot from the centre of the field misses to the fitting. Assisted by James Forrest.
Try missed. James Forrest (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the field misses to the fitting. Assisted by Michael Johnston with a cross.
Penalty saved! Giorgos Giakoumakis (Celtic) fails to capitalise on this nice alternative, proper footed shot saved within the backside left nook.
Ayo Obileye (Livingston) is proven the purple card for violent conduct.
Penalty Celtic. Kyogo Furuhashi attracts a foul within the penalty space.
Penalty conceded by Ayo Obileye (Livingston) after a foul within the penalty space.
Substitution, Livingston. Jackson Longridge replaces Sean Kelly.
Try missed. Anthony Ralston (Celtic) header from the centre of the field is shut, however misses the highest proper nook. Assisted by Kyogo Furuhashi following a nook.
Nook, Celtic. Conceded by Max Stryjek.
Try blocked. David Turnbull (Celtic) proper footed shot from exterior the field is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Carter-Vickers.
Nook, Celtic. Conceded by Ayo Obileye.
Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).
Harry Panayiotou (Livingston) wins a free kick on the fitting wing.
Substitution, Celtic. James Forrest replaces Jota.
Try blocked. Josip Juranovic (Celtic) proper footed shot from exterior the field is blocked. Assisted by Michael Johnston.
Offside, Livingston. Max Stryjek tries a by means of ball, however Odin Bailey is caught offside.
Foul by Kyogo Furuhashi (Celtic).