Hibernian v Celtic as it happened

Celtic make it 25 games unbeaten in the Scottish Premiership as they withstand Hibs pressure and respond with clinical finishing.

26 January 2014 Last updated at 12:11

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  1. 15:05: 

    I'll sign off now. Highlights from yesterday's games will be available online from 18:00 GMT. You'll need to wait until late doors tonight to see the action from Easter Road.

    Of course, you can see all of the games on Sportscene at 22:25 GMT on BBC One Scotland.

    Enjoy what remains of your weekend.

  2. 15:02: 
    More from Hibs boss Terry Butcher

    "I can't believe the referee has given a free-kick and a booking for a handball when Michael Nelson is only a yard away. We had the same referee not giving a handball against the same player at Aberdeen and nothing given for a double handball against us in the box last week against St Mirren."

  3. 15:00: 
    Hibs manager Terry Butcher on BBC Radio Scotland

    "We didn't deserve a 4-0 defeat; no way. We grew into the game and had a good spell. We had chances and Fraser Forster has made some cracking saves."

  4. 14:56: 
    Celtic goalscorer Virgil van Dijk on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It was a difficult game but 4-0 is a good result. I trained a lot on free-kicks in pre-season. They are not my task but I felt good today and when I hit it I knew it was going in."

  5. 14:54: 

    Big Terry Butcher was fuming at the final whistle. The Hibs boss wasn't happy with the award of the free-kick which Virgil van Dijk blasted home with such stunning accuracy.

  6. 14:51: 

    Neil Lennon is full of praise for goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who made two good stops from Abdellah Zoubir and a sensational save to deny Sam Stanton with the game at 1-0.

  7. 14:48: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on BBC Radio Scotland

    "To come here and win 4-0 probably flatters us. I'm delighted. We had to withstand 15-20 minutes of pressure and my goalkeeper had to make a couple of good saves. Sometimes it's not going to go your way and you need to dig in and our quality came through."

  8. 14:45: 
    More from Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson

    "Kris Commons will be very hard to beat for the player of the year due to his goals but Virgil van Dijk has been absolutely superb in his first season. He's a powerful athlete and just reads the game so well. He will be worth his weight in gold."

  9. 14:43: 
    BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson

    "Celtic just have a power and style about them just now. They just believe they are going to win. It's going to take a very good team to stop this run because they are firing in all areas."

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    Tom Watson on Twitter again: "#bbcsportscot As a hibs supporter it's not the mediocrity that crushes your spirits so much as the couple of weeks when it all looked good."

    MBEHAN on Twitter: "Harsh on Hibs but a ruthless performance of champions #bbcsportscot."

  11. 14:38: 

    The score is rough on Hibs who were lively for a good 15 minute spell at 1-0 down in the second half. Sam Stanton was excellent on his first start for the Edinburgh club but it's a third defeat on the bounce for Terry Butcher's men.

  12. 14:35: 
    FULL-TIME- Hibernian 0-4 Celtic
    That's 11 league wins in a row for Celtic now. That's 11 league wins in a row for Celtic now.

    And it's a ninth clean-sheet in a row. And, of course, it extends the champions' unbeaten run in defence of the title.

  13. 14:33: 
    GOAL- Hibernian 0-4 Celtic (Commons)

    No fancy stuff for Kris Commons. The Celtic star just gets the head down and puts the laces through the spot kick as Ben Williams dives off in the wrong direction.

  14. 14:32: 

    Alan Maybury gives away a crazy penalty by barging into Teemu Pukki. The Celtic forward was chasing after the ball in a fairly harmless position.

  15. 14:30: 

    Charlie Mulgrew is the man to make way for new arrival Stefan Johansen.

  16. 14:29: 

    Celtic striker Amido Balde is on for Georgios Samaras and Stefan Johansen is warming up for a late entry.

  17. 14:29: 

    Hibs skipper Liam Craig is booked for mouthing off to referee Craig Thomson.

  18. 14:26: 
    GOAL- Hibernian 0-3 Celtic (Pukki)

    Game over. Celtic striker Teemu Pukki powers in an angled shot from the edge of the penalty box and it whizzes into the net. It was a nice, clean hit but Ben Williams really should have stopped that one.

  19. 14:25: 

    Hibs make a positive change, with defensive midfielder Tom Taiwo replaced by striker Paul Heffernan.

  20. 14:22: 

    Hibs manager Terry Butcher gets a talking to from referee Craig Thomson. I'm not sure what the home gaffer is angry about but he's sure to be frustrated since his team were looking the likelier to score before that wonderful effort from Virgil van Dijk.

  21. 14:20: 
    GOAL- Hibernian 0-2 Celtic (Van Dijk)

    That is a peach of a strike from Virgil van Dijk! The big Dutch defender slams a free-kick into the top corner from 22 yards, leaving Ben Williams sprawling.

  22. 14:19: 

    Hibs defender Michael Nelson is cautioned for stopping a pass with his arm and Celtic have a free kick in a dangerous position.

  23. 14:18: 

    We've got 15 minutes remaining. Can Celtic hold on for an 11th consecutive league win?

  24. 14:17: 

    Some neat passing from Celtic opens up a chance for Teemu Pukki but the substitute slams a first-time shot into the side-netting from a tight angle.

  25. 14:15: 

    Alex Harris finally gets the better of Darnell Fisher but the Hibs winger then scuffs a feeble low cross straight into the arms of Fraser Forster.

  26. 14:12: 

    Hibs are really knocking on the door now but can they find a way past Fraser Forster? There is still a collective mumbling of disbelief in the home stands following that incredible save.

  27. 14:09: 

    Fraser Forster has been busy in these last few minutes and makes an absolutely top drawer save to deny Sam Stanton. The Hibs teenager turns away from Charlie Mulgrew beautifully and must have thought his powerful strike was going to bulge in the net but the big England goalie somehow gets one of his big mitts to it.

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    Ross Cummings on Twitter: "Had that Collins decision been at the other end and a pen given to Celtic, Hibs fans would say it was the ref out to get them #bbcsportscot"

  29. 14:05: 

    A Celtic corner falls the way of Scott Brown but the captain's fierce shot is straight at keeper Ben Williams. Hibs break away and it needs a good touch from Emilio Izaguirre to prevent Abdellah Zoubir from speeding in on goal.

  30. 14:04: 
    James Collins It's been one of those days for Hibs so far...
  31. 14:01: 

    And the Celtic keeper is busy again, getting down smartly to beat away a powerful, low strike from Abdellah Zoubir after a shot from Alex Harris is charged down.

  32. 14:00: 

    Celtic keeper Fraser Forster needs to make a good fingertip save as an angled effort from Abdellah Zoubir flies towards the top corner.

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    Adam Higgins on Twitter: #bbcsportscot If Scotland's leading official doesn't give the decision, what chance have Hibs got? Enough contact on Collins, penalty for me."

  34. 13:56: 

    The Celtic pressure keeps building and Hibs are struggling to get out of their own half.

  35. 13:52: 

    Joe Ledley peels off the defensive wall and runs right into the path of a fierce strike from Kris Commons. I'm sure it worked differently on the Celtic training ground.

  36. 13:51: 

    Ben Williams gives his team-mates a scare by dropping a simple, high ball but the Hibs keeper scrambles after it and is able to gather.

  37. 13:50: 

    Celtic are on the front foot right away after being a bit flat at the tail end of the first 45 minutes.

  38. 13:48: 

    Hibs get the second half underway...

  39. 13:47: 

    Celtic are definitely making a change, with Finland striker Teemu Pukki coming on for Nir Biton.

  40. 13:44: 

    Hibs have two wide men in Alex Harris and Abdellah Zoubir but neither winger has been able to get in behind the Celtic defence. Will Terry Butcher make changes to his formation for the second half?

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    Tom Watson on Twitter: "#bbcsportscot hibs have been a work-in-progress longer than the Edinburgh trams."

  42. 13:42: 

    Craig Thomson is the man in the middle today and Hibs fans are not overly fond of the referee following a few high-profile decisions he has got wrong against them. The trip on James Collins will be added to that list, I'm sure.

  43. 13:38: 

    What about that early penalty claim for Hibs? TV replays make it look more and more like the referee got it wrong. James Collins was definitely caught but may have been slipping on the wet grass at the time.

  44. 13:35: 

    Celtic have now gone 810 minutes without conceding a goal on league duty.

  45. 13:32: 
    HALF-TIME- Hibernian 0-1 Celtic

    It looked ominous for Hibs when Kris Commons took advantage of some shaky defending to stroke Celtic ahead on eight minutes. However, the visitors have not really threatened much since. Hibs have recovered from their nervous opening and Sam Stanton has been bright but it's not exactly been edge-of-your-seat stuff.

  46. 13:31: 

    Hibs defender Michael Nelson gets his body in front of a powerful shot from Joe Ledley to protect goalkeeper Ben Williams. From the resulting corner, the goalie goes walkabout with a dash into no man's land, but the home side are able to clear.

  47. 13:28: 

    Sam Stanton twists away from Emilio Izaguirre with a cute turn but the Hibs teenager cannot keep his shot from the edge of the box down.

  48. 13:26: 
    It's all been a bit scrappy since that early goal for Celtic. It's all been a bit scrappy since that early goal for Celtic.
  49. 13:23: 

    Hibs are seeing more of the ball now with Alex Harris busy on the left but he's not been able to get past Celtic full-back Darnell Fisher.

  50. 13:21: 

    ...and it's an equally poor delivery as the ball goes straight into the defensive wall.

  51. 13:20: 

    Now it's Liam Craig's turn as the Hibs skipper places a free-kick 20 yards from goal...

  52. 13:18: 

    Charlie Mulgrew lines up a free kick from 25 yards and the jeers of derision from the home fans tell you that it wasn't the Celtic midfielder's best effort.

  53. 13:16: 

    Hibs threaten as Sam Stanton gets a glimpse of goal from just inside the penalty box and draws a good diving save from Fraser Forster. The ball bounces off a defender in yellow and James Collins cannot get to the rebound. The Celtic defence is uncertain from the resulting corner but the ball pops into the arms of Forster after a few stray bounces in the six yard box.

  54. 13:14: 

    Georgios Samaras glides past a couple of static defenders and finishes off all his good work with a woeful, low shot straight at Hibs goalkeeper Ben Williams.

  55. 13:13: 

    Hibs are all over the place at the moment, with players bumping into each other and far too many passes going astray.

  56. 13:12: 
    Kris Commons scores for Celtic Here's Kris Commons popping in his 20th goal of the season...
  57. 13:09: 

    Nir Biton shifts the ball nicely from his right to left foot but his shot is dragged off target. Kris Commons slides after it and is not too far away from making contact.

  58. 13:08: 

    Sam Stanton, making his first start Hibs, looks like a confident young man as he takes on a couple of opponents to win a free kick. The ball is worked to Alex Harris and his cross finds Michael Nelson rising at the back post but the defender can only nod it straight at goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

  59. 13:05: 

    Tom Taiwo takes out Kris Commons with a clumsy challenge from behind and is the first name in referee Craig Thomson's book this afternoon.

  60. 13:03: 

    Hibs can't get close to the ball at the moment as Celtic keep possession with ease. Kris Commons lets fly from distance but his shot is way off target.

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    Logen Ninefingers on Twitter: #bbcsportscot Virginal Van Dijk! :1254

    Oops! Pesky auto-correct... Good spot. I'll fix that now.

  62. 13:00: 
    Former Hibernian defender Craig Paterson on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It didn't look like a big enough collision to merit a penalty."

  63. 12:58: 

    James Collins goes down after Virgil van Dijk has a wee nibble at his ankle. The Hibs striker may have been a bit slow to hit the turf but there was certainly contact.

  64. 12:55: 
    GOAL- Hibernian 0-1 Celtic (Commons)

    It's that man again. And Kris Commons won't score many easier goals this season as Hibs defenders Michael Nelson and Jordon Forster get in a terrible tangle under a long, high ball and it falls to the in-form midfielder to tuck away.

  65. 12:54: 

    Hibs string a few nice touches together to set Abdellah Zoubir racing down the right but he is simply bounced off the ball by Virgil van Dijk.

  66. 12:52: 

    A terrible pass from Jordon Forster goes straight to Georgios Samaras, who quickly threads a pass through to Kris Commons, but the Celtic man slips as he jinks past Michael Nelson in the penalty box and a good chance is gone.

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    Andrew Priestley on Twitter: "Hibs have really improved under Terry Butcher. He's clearly a great manager, just look at Inverness' slump since he left them. #bbcsportscot"

  68. 12:49: 
    Former Hibernian defender Craig Paterson on BBC Radio Scotland

    "The defence has been the best functioning part of the team since Terry Butcher took over, so Paul Hanlon and Ryan McGivern will be big misses for Hibs. It's also two tall players who they rely on defending and attacking set-pieces."

  69. 12:47: 

    Celtic defender Efe Ambrose looks like he's still asleep as he dithers on the ball in his own penalty box and concedes a corner under pressure from James Collins. From the set-piece, the ball falls to Alex Harris and his shot whistles wide of the post.

  70. 12:46: 

    Celtic get the game started...

  71. 12:44: 

    The teams emerge from the tunnel, with Celtic in their yellow kit.

  72. 12:43: 

    The most recent meeting between the sides was also close, with Teemu Pukki netting the only goal in a 1-0 win for the champions on a horrible, wet day in December.

  73. 12:42: 

    Neil Lennon wasn't a happy chappy after Celtic's last visit to Easter Road in October, describing some of the home side's tackling as "shocking" and "absolutely reckless" after dropping two points in a 1-1 draw. He even invented the word "rugbyesque".

    Will we see many meaty challenges today?

  74. 12:40: 

    We might get a look at Stefan Johansen today, with the new Celtic midfielder among the visiting substitutes. The former Stromsgodset star was Norway's player of the year before switching to Scotland.

  75. 12:37: 
    Hibs captain Liam Craig Perfect conditions for the old knee-slide celebration...
  76. 12:35: 

    It's another stinker of a day all over Scotland so, if you're not heading along to Easter Road, just cosy up next to the radio or computer and let us guide you through the action. There are sure to be a few tasty slide tackles on the wet grass and maybe the odd slip here and there to keep things lively.

  77. 12:33: 
    Kris Commons is a man in form. Kris Commons is a man in form.

    The Celtic playmaker has scored twice in his last two outings, taking his tally for the season to 19 goals. That's only three fewer than the hosts have managed in the league so far.

  78. 12:30: 

    Celtic skipper Scott Brown left Hibs in 2007, for what remains a record fee between Scottish clubs, and the midfielder told a rival broadcaster today that he fancies ending his career at Easter Road. The 28-year-old did stress that he wants to stay where is for as long as possible, so it could be a few years yet.

  79. 12:27: 
    Hibernian manager Terry Butcher on BBC Radio Scotland

    "The weather has affected our preparations. It was horrific. We've had three or four teams pencilled in and had to change them because of injuries. We picked another one up yesterday. Everybody that can walk is on the bench!

    "We have some good experienced players along with some good young players. We've got a good blend. We've had a tremendous reaction from the players. They know what we want to do. They are trying their hearts out. In the summer we can look at the shape we are trying to build.

    "The sub plot in the Premiership is who can beat Celtic? It's a big carrot for Celtic to go unbeaten. It would be a remarkable feat. I've picked a team today that has energy. I know I'm going to get a great work-rate. I want to see togetherness."

  80. 12:24: 

    Terry Butcher made immediate improvements to Hibs when he took over from Pat Fenlon in November but his side have taken a couple of steps back in recent weeks with losses to St Mirren and Aberdeen.

  81. 12:22: 

    Celtic are 12 points clear at the top of the Premiership, having played three games less than nearest challengers Aberdeen. Neil Lennon's men have yet to taste defeat in the league and the manager is widely quoted in today's newspapers saying that it would be his greatest achievement if that run extends all the way through to the end of the season.

  82. 12:19: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on BBC Radio Scotland

    "First of all, it's all about getting over the line. But there is the extra incentive for us to go as long as we can unbeaten. We are all very proud of that record. (on the search for new players) We are working to get one or two in."

  83. 12:17: 

    Taiwo has been told he can leave Hibs this month, along with Kevin Thomson Rowan Vine and Tim Clancy. Does his inclusion signal a change of heart from the management or it is just an indication of how threadbare the home squad is?

  84. 12:15: 

    Hibernian: Williams, Maybury, Forster, Nelson, Stevenson, Zoubir, Stanton, Craig, Taiwo, Harris, Collins. Subs: Murdoch, Vine, Cairney, Handling, Heffernan, Horribine, Cummings.

    Celtic: Forster; Fisher, Ambrose, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Biton, Mulgrew, Ledley; Samaras, Commons. Subs: Zaluska, Boerrigter, Balde, Pukki, Johansen, O'Connell.

    Referee: Craig Thomson

  85. 12:13: 

    Georgios Samaras and Nir Biton return for Celtic in place of the suspended Anthony Stokes and James Forrest, who is injured. Alex Harris, Tom Taiwo, Sam Stanton and Abdellah Zoubir come in for Hibs. First choice defenders Paul Hanlon and Ryan McGivern are missing through injury, while midfielder Scott Robertson is suspended.

  86. 12:10: 

    Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of Hibernian v Celtic. It's a cold, soggy day in Edinburgh, with the skies a leaden grey. They might need the floodlights on for a lunchtime kick-off. However, I'm sure a rip-roaring football match will brighten matters up.

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 26 Jan 2014 UK

Scottish Premiership summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Celtic 22 40 60
No movement 2 Aberdeen 24 13 45
No movement 3 Motherwell 23 4 44
No movement 4 Inverness CT 22 8 37
No movement 5 Dundee Utd 23 12 34
No movement 6 St Johnstone 23 5 32
No movement 7 Hibernian 24 -6 28
No movement 8 Kilmarnock 23 -7 25
No movement 9 St Mirren 23 -15 24
No movement 10 Ross County 23 -14 21
No movement 11 Partick Thistle 24 -17 21
No movement 12 Hearts 24 -23 2