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Celtic miss chance to clinch title this weekend after draw with Livi

Celtic miss chance to clinch title this weekend after draw with Livi

Oliver Burke contrived to miss an excellent late chance for CelticCeltic will need to wait until after the Scottish Premiership split to secure the title after being held to a goalless stalemate by Livingston.A win for the hosts combined with a defeat for Rangers at Motherwell on Sunday would have ensured an eighth successive championship for Celtic.Odsonne Edouard, James Forrest and Tom Rogic were all denied by in-form goalkeeper Liam Kelly.
And Celtic substitute Oliver Burke fired wide from close range late on.Neil Lennon's side, who are 14 points clear of Rangers having played a game more, face Aberdeen in next weekend's Scottish Cup semi-final then resume their league campaign away to Lennon's former club Hibernian on 21 April.Livi, who are safe from relegation, threatened twice through Dolly Menga and move to within a point of Well and two points of St Johnstone.
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Kelly and inaccuracy frustrate Celtic
Though Celtic would dominate, it was Livi who threatened first as Menga managed to get a touch to the ball at a corner and it flew just wide of Scott Bain's post.Ryan Christie fired over, a low shot from Edouard was easily saved by Kelly before the Livingston keeper stretched superbly well to touch a Forrest effort around the post. Kelly would impress again soon after, denying Rogic.Menga, this time 30 yards out, opted for an audacious shot at goal that had Bain scrambling, but the Scotland keeper tipped over.Another chance would fall to Rogic just inside the box. This time the Australia international tried to bend the ball into the far corner, again Kelly blocking.Livingston had started the match with a back four but in the second half they reverted to their usual back three to match up with Celtic. The champions continued to dominate the ball but were struggling to find a way of cutting through.The breakthrough almost came via a slice of luck when Jonny Hayes fired in a cross for fellow substitute Timothy Weah. He fluffed his chance but the ball fell kindly to Edouard, who looked certain to score only for Kelly to make the save.Right at the end a huge chance fell Burke's way just three yards out after Kelly had spilled Edouard's shot but somehow the Scotland forward knocked wide.
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Celtic missing 'killer touch' - Neil Lennon
'Pragmatic Livi secure hard earned point' - analysis
A draw was not really in the script for Celtic. This was supposed to be a win that would put the pressure on Rangers to deliver some kind of result at Fir Park to prevent the champions claiming title number eight. But in the end it was a frustrating afternoon.Not for the first time in recent weeks, Celtic struggled to make their dominance count. Yes, they created chances - especially in the first half. But this time there would be no mistake or moment of magic to conjure a goal. Livingston were disciplined, organised and pragmatic - as a result this was never a thrilling contest. But the visitors will be happy with a hard-earned point.
'Don't panic when they have possession' - reaction
Celtic manager Neil Lennon: "Very frustrating. Great chances, a lot of good play and I don't think the scoreline reflects the performance at all but we just missed that killer touch."The players kept going and we had that great chance at the end. A lot of positives from the game but ultimately we didn't get the win that we wanted."Livingston head coach Gary Holt: "I'm proud more than pleased. It's hard work to come here. We spoke about it before - don't panic when they have got possession - all season they dominate possession, especially at home."Stick to our game plan. Stick to the tactics and formations that we have got set in place and within that we will get a chance. To carry that out to the letter was excellent."
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Celtic
29Bain
35Ajer
5Simunovic
32BenkovicSubstituted forHayesat 63'minutes
63Tierney
49Forrest
8Brown
18RogicSubstituted forWeahat 71'minutes
42McGregor
17ChristieSubstituted forBurkeat 83'minutes
22Edouard
Substitutes
11Sinclair
15Hayes
21Ntcham
23Lustig
24de Vries
25Burke
30Weah
Livingston
1Kelly
31GallagherBooked at 51mins[/i]
26HalkettBooked at 67mins[/i]
4LithgowBooked at 76mins[/i]
33Lawson
8Pittman
6Byrne
3LamieBooked at 42mins[/i]Substituted forOdoffinat 45'minutes
10SibbaldSubstituted forJacobsat 65'minutes
45MengaSubstituted forRobinsonat 54'minutes
15Lawless
Substitutes
7Jacobs
14Odoffin
17Robinson
19Erskine
21Stewart
22Tiffoney
23De Vita
Referee:Euan AndersonAttendance:58,850
Match Stats
Home TeamCelticAway TeamLivingstonPossessionHome73%Away27%ShotsHome18Away3Shots on TargetHome11Away1CornersHome8Away4FoulsHome6Away12
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Match ends, Celtic 0, Livingston 0.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+4' Second Half ends, Celtic 0, Livingston 0.Posted at 90'+3' Attempt missed. Oliver Burke (Celtic) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right.Posted at 90'+3' Attempt saved. Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.Posted at 90'+2' Scott Robinson (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 90'+1' Foul by Timothy Weah (Celtic).Posted at 90'+1' Callum McGregor (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 90'+1' Foul by Scott Pittman (Livingston).Posted at 83' Hand ball by Steven Lawless (Livingston).
Substitution
Posted at 83' Substitution, Celtic. Oliver Burke replaces Ryan Christie.Posted at 82' Attempt saved. Ryan Christie (Celtic) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.Posted at 79' Jonny Hayes (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 79' Foul by Shaun Byrne (Livingston).
Booking
Posted at 76' Alan Lithgow (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 76' Timothy Weah (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 76' Foul by Alan Lithgow (Livingston).Posted at 74' Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Steven Lawless.Posted at 74' Attempt blocked. Jonny Hayes (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.Posted at 73' Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Liam Kelly.Posted at 73' Attempt saved. Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution
Posted at 71' Substitution, Celtic. Timothy Weah replaces Tomas Rogic.Posted at 70' Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Declan Gallagher.Posted at 68' Jozo Simunovic (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 68' Foul by Scott Robinson (Livingston).
Booking
Posted at 67' Craig Halkett (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 67' James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 67' Foul by Craig Halkett (Livingston).Posted at 67' Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Scott Brown.Posted at 66' Attempt blocked. Steve Tevi Lawson (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution
Posted at 65' Substitution, Livingston. Keaghan Jacobs replaces Craig Sibbald.
Substitution
Posted at 63' Substitution, Celtic. Jonny Hayes replaces Filip Benkovic.Posted at 62' Attempt missed. Filip Benkovic (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.Posted at 62' Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Craig Halkett.Posted at 57' Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Hakeem Odoffin.Posted at 56' Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Hakeem Odoffin.
Substitution
Posted at 54' Substitution, Livingston. Scott Robinson replaces Dolly Menga.Posted at 54' Foul by Ryan Christie (Celtic).Posted at 54' (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 53' Attempt saved. Callum McGregor (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.Posted at 52' Attempt missed. Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.
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