Bhoys too strong for Livi
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Celtic booked their place in the fifth round of Scottish Cup with a 4-1 win over Livingston.
Celtic booked their place in the fifth round of Tennent's Scottish Cup with a 4-1 win over Livingston.
The Glasgow giants came from a goal down to progress with goals from Darren O'Dea, Derek Riordan (2) and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink cancelling out Dave MacKay's early opener for First Division Livingston.
After a quiet start Livingston stunned the runaway SPL leaders with the opening goal on 18 minutes through MacKay.
Lee Makel floated in a free-kick to the unmarked MacKay who flicked his header into the bottom corner past Artur Boruc.
The goal stung Celtic into action and Shunsuke Nakamura drove a free-kick from the edge of the area into the wall on 22 minutes.
Celtic drew level on the half hour mark with Vennegoor of Hesselink heading down Paul Telfer's cross into the path of O'Dea six-yards out and the big defender drove his shot home past Colin Stewart.
The visitors felt they should have had a penalty on 36 minutes when Nakamura went down in the box under a challenge from Makel, but their appeals were waved away.
Celtic were now in full control and Riordan was inches away from scoring on 43 minutes when he picked up Nakamura's pass and cut inside Liam Fox before curling his shot just wide of the far post.
Gordon Strachan's side moved in front right on the stroke of half-time with Riordan collecting Telfer's cross wide on the left and driving a superb left-footed shot across Stewart and into the far corner of the net.
Livingston started the second half brightly and Fox drove a shot over the crossbar two minutes after the break.
A minute later Lee Naylor got in a vital block to deny Steven Craig diverting Allan Walker's cross home.
Celtic went close to scoring a third on 50 minutes with Jiri Jarosik teeing up Nakamura on the edge of the box, but the Japanese star's shot with his weaker right-foot was straight at Stewart.
Riordan tried his luck four minutes later with an ambitious volley which flew just over the crossbar.
Celtic gave themselves a two-goal cushion just before the hour mark with Nakamura slipping Riordan clear on goal with a clever pass and the former Hibs man smashed his shot home from close-range.
Two minutes later Celtic added a fourth goal with Nakamura again the creator with a superb pass through to Vennegoor of Hesselink and the Dutchman clinically drilled his shot past Stewart.
Celtic substitute Thomas Gravesen almost got in on the act 15 minutes from time when he rounded Stewart only to see his shot kicked off the line by Stuart Golabek.