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‘GUTTED’ JUST TO DRAW AT CELTIC, ADMITS LIVI STAR

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NICKY DEVLIN has admitted Livingston are “GUTTED” they could only draw with Celtic at Parkhead yesterday.

The in-form West Lothian outfit arrived in Glasgow on the back of an eight-game winning sequence under new boss David Martindale.

However, the run came to a halt at the home of the nine-in-a-row champions with a goalless stalemate – and defender Devlin insisted he was disappointed just to a get a point against the Hoops.

Livi had their chances to win the encounter against a Celtic line-up that was minus 13 players and manager Neil Lennon and his No.2John Kennedy in the coronavirus fall-out after Christopher Jullien tested positive nine days ago following the squad’s return from their controversial trip to Dubai.

The teams meet again at the Tony Macaroni stadium on Wednesday night and the back-four operator is hoping they can get back to winning form.

Devlin, speaking to the Scottish Sun on Sunday, said: “It was certainly different because you don’t normally come to Celtic Park and have as much territory as we did.

“Our game plan was different coming here and it worked not too bad.

“We got a clean sheet and a point, which are things we can build on. But we are a bit gutted we didn’t get the three points.

“You don’t get many opportunities to come here and feel like you have a right good chance of winning.

“I wouldn’t say they were vulnerable, but, in general, that Celtic eleven isn’t one that plays very often together.

“So, we went into it knowing we were the settled team, they weren’t. But they still have some top players individually.

“We knew it would still be hard and we found that out in the second-half. Fair play to them, they did well after the interval,  stronger than the first-half.

“We’ll take a draw and we want to take something in midweek, as well. We know it will be another game altogether come Wednesday night.

“We want to give them just as tough a game, though.

“The surface will be different, it’s not like here — the pitch will be a lot tighter — and I’m not sure what kind of team they’ll be able to put out.

“I don’t think they know themselves what kind of team they’ll have out on Wednesday.

“But we just have to focus on ourselves and try to get another positive result.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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