Livingston manager David Martindale has been full of praise for Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou, ahead of the two sides meeting this weekend at the Tony Macaroni Arena.
The Hoops come into the game off the back of an impressive unbeaten domestic run, dating back to September, which was extended with a comfortable 2-0 win over St Mirren on Wednesday night.
The last side Ange Postecoglou suffered defeat against in Scotland was Sunday’s opponents Livingston, who have also since held the Hoops to a 0-0 draw at Celtic Park at the end of October.
Despite David Martindale’s side currently holding an unbeaten run against the travelling Celtic side so far this campaign, the Livi boss was full of praise for Postecoglou’s team, claiming that he has his players playing some of the best football at the club in years.
“I genuinely, I’m not looking for an out here – I genuinely think it’s a different Celtic team,” he said, speaking to the Livingston club website.
“I do; I honestly believe Ange is playing some of the best football I’ve seen a Celtic team play.
“I think we’re unbeaten here against Celtic, but I think it’s going to be a really, really difficult game. I think Ange’s recruitment has been bang on. The players he’s got – I’m on record before speaking about it. Some of the players they’ve got are absolutely fantastic.
“I think Ange has done a wonderful job; I think it’s going to be an extremely difficult game. But we’ll go into it as the underdog; it’s what we do in most games, to be honest. I’m really looking forward to it.”
It will likely be a tough afternoon for Celtic this Sunday, going to a notoriously tough venue in recent years, having not picked up a victory in Livingston since their return to the top flight.
Martindale clearly recognises the task at hand going into the game, but he will definitely have his side up for the game as they look to solidify their league place, currently sitting 4th in the Scottish Premiership.
This weekend’s game could be a big moment in the title race if Celtic can finally go and pick up three points on the road, away to Livingston, setting ourselves up for the run-in of the final eight games.