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Celtic team news: Trio doubtful for Livi clash, but midfield pair could feature

Glasgow Celtic manager Neil Lennon has a number of injury concerns as his side continues their march to a ninth consecutive Scottish Premiership title on Wednesday, with an away fixture at Livingston.

The Daily Record report that the Bhoys could be restricted at the back, with both Kristoffer Ajer and Jozo Simunovic carrying injuries into the clash.

Add to this the fact that Hatem Elhamed is still not confirmed to be fully fit and Lennon will need to delve into his Celtic squad.

In more positive news, Hoops midfielders Callum McGregor and James Forrest are expected to shake off knocks to feature.

Olivier Ntcham remains sidelined for Celtic, while Mikey Johnston has been out since January and is not expected back for another month at least.

Hoops captain Scott Brown has four yellow cards to his name in the Premiership so far, which puts him at the risk of a suspension should he pick up one more card – a concern with the Old Firm derby coming up on 15 March.

Celtic are 12 points clear of Rangers in second place, although their rivals have played a game less.

Lennon’s side beat St. Johnstone 1-0 in the Scottish Cup at the weekend thanks to a late Ryan Christie winner.

The result was a good response to Celtic being knocked out of the Europa League last week by FC Copenhagen.

Livingston have a good record against Celtic in recent times, especially at home, where the Hoops have failed to score in three matches.

This trend was pointed out by Lennon in his pre-match press conference on the club’s official website, with the Celtic chief pointing out that the match will not be a walk in the park for the reigning champions.

“It will be a tough game, there’s no question of that,” the Hoops manager said.

“Livingston’s home form is excellent, they’re a big and strong team, and we’re under no illusions how difficult the game is going to be.

“Their style of play can be direct, they have a good energy and we have to overcome that, match what they throw at us and then better it. We’ve got to be at our best, we’ve got to be focused and physically strong.

“We’re under no illusions, it’s going to be a battle. We have to earn the right to win in Livingston. We’ll have to roll our sleeves up and do the business on Wednesday.”

The reverse fixture ended 2-0 in favour of Livingston in what was Celtic’s first domestic defeat of the season.

The Hoops support will hope for three more points to put any concerns of a late-season title race to bed.

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