Hibernian 2-2 Celtic: Guests cap comeback with injury-time equaliser

Hibernian 2-2 Celtic: Guests cap comeback with injury-time equaliser

Kevin Nisbet's angled drive doubled Hibs' lead
Kevin Nisbet’s angled drive doubled Hibs’ lead

Diego Laxalt lashed residence an injury-time equaliser as champions Celtic fought again from 2-0 down in a dramatic Scottish Premiership draw at Hibernian.

However the newest blow to their title bid leaves Celtic eight factors behind leaders Rangers with a recreation in hand.

Jamie Murphy rifled the second-half opener in off the publish after Scott Bain saved a penalty from Kevin Nisbet, who doubled the lead by way of the identical upright.

An Odsonne Edouard penalty halved the deficit amid a late Celtic siege.

Laxalt’s first Celtic purpose scrambled a degree however Neil Lennon’s males now have only one win in 4 league video games.

Fourth-place Hibs missed the possibility to maneuver above Aberdeen, who face Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday.

Regardless of the necessity to keep away from additional slip-ups of their pursuit of an unprecedented tenth successive title, Celtic did not rouse themselves till two targets behind within the closing levels.

The guests dominated a scrappy first half however failed to show their 70% possession into clear alternatives.

Buoyed by his current Scotland heroics, Ryan Christie was the person seeking to make issues occur, virtually breaking the impasse shortly earlier than half-time with a curling drive tipped extensive. Mohamed Elyounoussi steamed in to satisfy the ensuing nook and glanced a header previous the publish.

Hibs have been gifted the possibility of an opener early within the second half when Scott Brown clumsily barged into the again of Martin Boyle. Bain dived low to his proper to save lots of Nisbet’s penalty, however Murphy raced in to transform the rebound off the far publish.

Seven minutes later it was 2-0 as Murphy’s head flick freed Nisbet down the left-hand channel and the striker arrowed his angled drive in by way of the upright.

Celtic lastly started to indicate some urgency and Ofir Marciano twice denied substitute Edouard earlier than the French striker tucked residence from the spot after Paul McGinn’s handball.

The guests saved pushing, with Christie and Tom Rogic having photographs saved earlier than Laxalt pounced on a unfastened ball within the field to thunder into the roof of the web.

There may have been a remaining twist on the different finish however Sean Mackie was unable to maintain his effort down as a pulsating finale ended within the spoils being shared.

Man of the match – Kevin Nisbet

Undeterred by his second penalty miss in succession, the Hibs striker was a constant menace and netted a superb goal
Undeterred by his second penalty miss in succession, the Hibs striker was a relentless menace and netted an excellent purpose

What did we study?

Neil Lennon appears to be like no nearer to fixing the issues which have plagued Celtic all season. Hibs’ second purpose once more highlighted the champions’ defensive vulnerabilities they usually have been meek in ahead areas till 20 minutes from time.

Hibs, in distinction, carried out their gameplan to perfection however will probably be pissed off at solely accumulating one level fairly than three. After damaging current defeats by Hearts and Aberdeen, this was a rousing response from Jack Ross’ crew.

What did they are saying?

Hibs head coach Jack Ross: “Our rapid emotion is frustration. We put a lot into the sport after which conceded an avoidable purpose so late.

“However I am pleased with the gamers’ efficiency and it is a day for dwelling on the positives.”

Celtic supervisor Neil Lennon: “It was thrilling however I am actually disenchanted with the targets we gave away.

“Completely pointless and I assumed we had first rate management of the sport. We lacked that little bit of oomph and the ultimate ball is poor.”

What’s subsequent?

Hibs host St Johnstone within the Premiership on Tuesday (19:00 GMT) whereas Celtic are away to Sparta Prague on Europa League obligation on Thursday (17:55).

Participant of the match

MurphyJamie Murphy

Hibernian

  1. Squad quantity18Participant identifyMurphy

  2. Squad quantity15Participant identifyNisbet

  3. Squad quantity1Participant identifyMarciano

  4. Squad quantity26Participant identifyMackie

  5. Squad quantity10Participant identifyBoyle

  6. Squad quantity14Participant identifyMallan

  7. Squad quantity11Participant identifyNewell

  8. Squad quantity13Participant identifyGogic

  9. Squad quantity6Participant identifyMcGinn

  10. Squad quantity5Participant identifyPorteous

  11. Squad quantity4Participant identifyHanlon

  12. Squad quantity20Participant identifyHallberg

  13. Squad quantity2Participant identifyGrey

  14. Squad quantity22Participant identifyMcGinn

Celtic

  1. Squad quantity93Participant identifyLaxalt

  2. Squad quantity29Participant identifyBain

  3. Squad quantity22Participant identifyEdouard

  4. Squad quantity17Participant identifyChristie

  5. Squad quantity9Participant identifyGriffiths

  6. Squad quantity42Participant identifyMcGregor

  7. Squad quantity4Participant identifyDuffy

  8. Squad quantity35Participant identifyAjer

  9. Squad quantity6Participant identifyBitton

  10. Squad quantity18Participant identifyRogic

  11. Squad quantity30Participant identifyFrimpong

  12. Squad quantity27Participant identifyElyounoussi

  13. Squad quantity10Participant identifyAjeti

  14. Squad quantity21Participant identifyNtcham

  15. Squad quantity8Participant identifyBrown

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 6McGinn
  • 5Porteous
  • 4HanlonBooked at 79mins
  • 26MackieBooked at 89mins
  • 10BoyleBooked at 73mins
  • 14MallanBooked at 15minsSubstituted forHallbergat 84′minutes
  • 13Gogic
  • 11NewellSubstituted forMcGinnat 89′minutes
  • 18MurphySubstituted forGreyat 80′minutes
  • 15Nisbet

Substitutes

  • 2Grey
  • 8Wright
  • 19Gullan
  • 20Hallberg
  • 22McGinn
  • 24McGregor
  • 25Doig
  • 33Barnes
  • 43Elder

Celtic

  • 29Bain
  • 30Frimpong
  • 6Bitton
  • 35Ajer
  • 93Laxalt
  • 8BrownSubstituted forDuffyat 72′minutes
  • 42McGregor
  • 17Christie
  • 18RogicSubstituted forNtchamat 87′minutes
  • 27ElyounoussiSubstituted forGriffithsat 72′minutes
  • 10AjetiSubstituted forEdouardat 58′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Barkas
  • 3Taylor
  • 4Duffy
  • 9Griffiths
  • 11Klimala
  • 21Ntcham
  • 22Edouard
  • 44Elhamed
  • 52Henderson

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