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Livingston 2-2 Celtic: Scott Brown sees red five minutes after coming on as Neil Lennon's side drop more points in the snow Ciaron Brown headed home from Julien Serrano's corner to open the scoring Mohamed Elyounoussi met Leigh Griffith's corner with a fine volley to level Callum McGregor teed up Nir Bitton to finish and give the visitors the lead Ciaron Brown crossed for Jay Emmanuel-Thomas to equalise from close range

By Stephen Mcgowan for MailOnline

Published: 22:30 GMT, 20 January 2021 | Updated: 22:30 GMT, 20 January 2021

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Nothing sums up Celtic’s season of woe more than the loss of two more points to Livingston’s second string. Captain Scott Brown was shown a red card five minutes after taking to the pitch as a late substitute, leaving the bedraggled ten men to traipse from a snow laden surface with their tail between their legs once more.

Now 20 points behind arch rivals Rangers, Celtic find themselves trapped in a nuclear winter, a long way from the sunshine of Dubai. In a week when Celtic’s manager took aim at the club’s critics, the finger of blame for a pitiful season will once more turn in his direction. His position looks increasingly untenable.

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After falling behind to an early Ciaron Brown goal Celtic rallied. Goals from Mohammed Elyounoussi and Nir Bitton turned things around. An equaliser from Livvy’s Jay Emmanuel Thomas after an hour came from nowhere yet pitched the champions back into a subterranen nightmare.

Sent on as part of a double substitution Scott Brown’s red card after four andna half minutes on the pitch came for raising his hands to fellow sub Jaze Kabia. After seven wins in 22 games the wheels are careering off Celtic’s season, one calamity giving way to another

Kudos to Livingston. The SFA’s Professional Game Board will rule on the fit and proper status of David Martindale before Sunday’s Betfred Cup semi-final with St Mirren. If it’s a purely moral decision then the rights and wrongs of a man convicted of serious drug offences at the helm of a Premiership football club will divide opinion sharply. If his impact as a manager carries any weight at all it should be a foregone conclusion.

Livingston entered this game unbeaten in their last eight league games, nine in all competitions. Not many teams have the luxury of resting seven players for a game against Celtic. Yet while Martindale left out the likes of Efe Ambrose and Marvin Bartley with the club’s first Hampden appearance in 17 years in mind, it felt like a comment on the current status of the champions. As a club – as a team – Celtic have barely stopped shooting themselves in the foot of late.

It’s a testament to the home side that no one was surprised to see them take the lead with their first effort on target after 15 minutes.

One of the many calamitous themes of this Celtic season has been their inability to defend set-pieces. When Shane Duffy clattered needlessly into the back of Jack Hamilton 35 yards from the Celtic goal there was an inevitability to how the movie ended.

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