The nostalgic Celtic starting XI who last won at Livingston 15 years ago


It’s been a fair old while since Celtic last won at Livingston.

Back then the Tony Macaroni Arena was just Almondvale and the pitch was grass rather than plastic.

Yes, Celtic haven’t been at their bogey venue since February 2007 but it hasn’t been 15 years of mistakes.

But for the league leaders not to win at the same venue on five consecutive occasions, scoring only four goals in the process is why there is cause for alarm.

And Ange Postecoglou knows a win in West Lothian on Sunday will further charge their Premiership title credentials with only eight games to follow.

RecordSport takes a trip down memory lane at the Celtic side who won 4-1 in the Scottish Cup a decade-and-a-half ago.

Artur Boruc

The charismatic keeper was in his second season in Glasgow and this was arguably his best campaign during his action-packed four years. He’s remarkably still playing at hometown team Legia Warsaw.

Paul Telfer

The veteran right-back was viewed as Gordon Strachan’s pet, however, Telfer was incredibly fit into his mid-30s and offered balance on the right side with Nakamura ahead of him.

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Stephen McManus

The skipper was a beacon of what was good under Strachan, a homemade star who got his big chance in the post-Martin O’Neill era. He’s now a first team coach under Ange Postecoglou.

Darren O’Dea

Another homegrown product, the Irishman made 70 appearances in green and white before spells in the MLS, Ukraine and India. He’s another back at the club in a coaching capacity.

Lee Naylor

The former Wolves man was brilliant in 06/07, however, his performance levels could never be recreated in the following seasons.

Shunsuke Nakamura

A creative force who regular watchers remain convinced could have produced even more if he was allowed to play just behind a striker. His magical ability produced so many highlight reel goals and he is still playing at the age of 43.

Paul Hartley

In truth, Hartley was never able to replicate his heroics with Hearts at his boyhood club, This was his debut but there was better to come 12 months later as he and Barry Robson forged a fearsome partnership.

Neil Lennon

The skipper was in his final season and would famously get subbed in the Final. His managerial record of him is an emotional subject among supporters but his understated class of him as a player can never be disputed.

Jiri Jarosik

A weird one. Jiri Jarosik was an asset in European action during his one season in Glasgow, however, his weakness of skirting on the outside of domestic games was something that irked supporters at the time.

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Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink

The big Dutch striker was a useful player but wasn’t in the same class as the strikers who had scored goals for fun under O’Neill.

Derek Riordan

Yes, a rare start and double from the former Hibs man who just never worked in Glasgow’s east end. His technical ability from him was unquestionable but his time with Celtic was unfulfilled.

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Evander Sno

The Dutchman was a cult hero but he was a peripheral figure after a bright start to his Celtic career.

Thomas Gravesen

The Dane was being phased out by around Christmas as his inability to follow the Strachan plan left him on the outside looking in.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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