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More frustration for Brendan Rodgers' Celtic, as they drop points for the fourth time this season

The reigning champions have gone top of the league, despite today’s disappointing result at Livingston.

Livingston's Keaghan Jacobs (right) vies with Celtic's Tom Rogic.
Livingston's Keaghan Jacobs (right) vies with Celtic's Tom Rogic.

CELTIC MOVED TO the top of the Scottish Premiership for the first time this season, but failed to reproduce their recent free-scoring form in a goalless draw at Livingston on Sunday.

The Scottish champions had scored 23 goals in their last five domestic fixtures to bounce back from an early season slump and also beat RB Leipzig on Thursday to keep their chances of Europa League qualification alive.

But Brendan Rodgers’ men failed to get going on Livingston’s plastic pitch and the newly-promoted side held out for another famous result after beating Rangers, Celtic’s arch-rivals, 1-0 at home last month.

Livingston needed heroics from goalkeeper Liam Kelly to gain a point, particularly five minutes from time when he turned behind a Tom Rogic effort that seemed destined for the top corner.

James Forrest also clipped the crossbar just before half-time for the visitors.

However, Livingston had chances themselves as Celtic’s stand-in keeper Scott Bain saved two Declan Gallagher headers in quick succession before the break.

A point saw Celtic edge ahead of Hearts at the top of the table on goal difference and with a game in hand.

A slip-up from their Glasgow rivals allows Rangers the chance to move to within two points of the top should they beat Motherwell at Ibrox later on Sunday.

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