Postecoglou's Bhoys fail on the road again

Manager Ange Postecoglou has yet to find an answer to his Celtic side's problems away from home.
Manager Ange Postecoglou has yet to find an answer to his Celtic side's problems away from home.

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has admitted his team were "terrible" going forward during a 1-0 defeat by Livingston in the Scottish Premiership.

Andrew Shinnie's first-half strike consigned Celtic to a sixth defeat in seven away games under their Australian boss on Sunday as their dismal record at Livingston continued.

Shinnie got across Stephen Welsh to fire the only goal into the top corner in the 25th minute on Sunday to earn Livi their first Premiership win of the season and take them off the bottom of the table.

But it was a real setback for Postecoglou whose side keep struggling on the road and now lie sixth in the Scottish Premiership after six games, four points behind leaders Rangers, who themselves slipped up with a 1-1 home draw against Motherwell.

"Our front third play was poor, it was probably the poorest it's been all year," said Postecoglou.

"We've obviously had some issues defensively, but I just thought today in the front half we were terrible.

"That was everybody, not just the strikers or the attacking players, we lacked a real conviction in going forward to be positive. That falls on me to get it right."

When asked if something needed to change on the road, he added: "If we play like today, then yes. If we don't get results away from home then we can't be successful, so that's still got to change."

Celtic lacked quality in the final third as they failed to make their possession and territory count and they've now gone five games without victory at Livingston's Tony Macaroni Arena.

At Ibrox, Rangers fans were able to cheer the unfurling of the Premiership flag for the first time in a decade before kick-off, and celebrations continued when Fashion Sakala headed home his first competitive goal for the club with 12 minutes gone.

But Rangers ended up dropping league points at Ibrox for the first time since March 2020 as their run of 21 home wins ended with Kaiyne Woolery scoring the equaliser.

Australian Associated Press