Celtic’s last minute penalty after opponent slaps Furuhashi round back of head

Celtic were awarded a stoppage time penalty against Livingston on Saturday after Livingston defender Ayo Obileye slapped Kyogo Furuhashi round the the back of the head.

Obileye was shown a straight red card following the incident, having retaliated after Furuhashi had shoved him inside the penalty area.

His blushes were spared, however, as Greek striker Giorgos Giakoumakis saw his tame spot kick saved by Livingston keeper Max Stryjek.

Celtic could have leapfrogged Rangers up to the summit of the Scottish Premiership had they won on Saturday, but were instead frustrated by their visitors despite dominating with 85% possession at Celtic Park.

The result was also significant for Livingston, as it marked their fourth match in a row without defeat and they now sit in 10th place and six points clear of bottom of the table Ross County.

Furuhashi's dramatic drop to his knees after Obileye clipped him round the head was another key involvement from the Japanese forward since he joined the club.

Having been signed from J League side Vissel Kobe in the summer, Furuhashi has so far scored 10 goals in 16 matches for the club, with five of his strikes coming in the league.

The draw on Saturday means that Celtic now trail their Old Firm rivals Rangers by four points after the Gers thrashed Motherwell 6-1 on Sunday.

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It also ended a run of five straight wins in all competitions, with Ange Postecoglou's side having recovered from a stuttering start to the season, both domestically and in Europe.

Celtic now look ahead to a trip to Hungary to face Ferencvaros in the Europa League on Thursday before they travel to play Dundee in the league next Sunday.

A win in Hungary will launch Celtic back into the mix for progression to the knockout stages in Europe after they won the reverse fixture a fortnight ago.

Defeats to Real Betis and Bayer Leverkusen in their opening two matches had left their chances of staying in the competition after Christmas looking slim.

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