David Martindale claims one player kept Celtic in the game

Rangers FC v Livingston FC - Cinch Scottish Premiership
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It was another interesting game at the weekend for Celtic. Lots of possession, plenty of forward play and chances and four goals tell one story. Defensive issues highlight the need for Cameron Carter-Vickers in the back four, Livingston pulling themselves back level twice and two late goals to save the day tell another tale.

There were obvious high points at the weekend. A hat-trick for Daizen Maeda in his 100th match for the club and many more chances for him to have added to his tally. A late and well-taken goal from Kyogo Furihashi will have helped boost the striker's confidence as well after a difficult spell of late, which has seen him being left on the bench quite often.

And then there’s Nicolas Kuhn. There have been plenty of question marks around the German winger after an unimpressive start to life at Celtic so far.

Kuhn has had a few opportunities, though often as a substitute coming into a match. This was only his third start since joining in January. And this time he showed why he was brought in from Rapid Vienna, with his best performance for the Hoops yet. Still early days but much more encouraging.

David Martindale claims one player kept Celtic in the game

It was Joe Hart who possibly had the key moment in the match. Livingston boss David Martindale certainly thought so, judging from his post-match comments.

Hart did brilliantly to make a point-blank save for a header from Michael Nottingham in the second half. If that had gone in, the game could have played out differently. As reported by The National, Martindale said:

"I’m not saying we should’ve beaten Celtic, they created the better chances but at 2-2 there’s a big save from Joe Hart, the header from Michael Nottingham. It’s a huge save in the game, which potentially could’ve seen it going to 3-2 for us. It kept Celtic in the game.

“But big players produce big moments in games and that’s why big players are at clubs like Celtic. They then took the next chance. I wasn’t fussed about the fourth goal because we were chasing the game then."

If Livingston had gone ahead the result could have been quite different. Hart has been in good form in recent matches, pulling off some great saves. He has also announced his decision to retire at the end of the season and it is good to see him ending his career while still producing top performances. Celtic have a tough task on their hands replacing him in the summer.