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Hibernian 1-1 Celtic: Paul Heckingbottom sent to stand in draw

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Easter Road

Hibernian boss Paul Heckingbottom was sent to the stand as his side held champions Celtic to a Scottish Premiership draw at Easter Road.

The Englishman kicked a water bottle after Ryan Christie levelled for the visitors, hitting an assistant referee.

Christie's goal followed Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer turning Christian Doidge's cross into his own net to give Hibs a dream start.

Celtic pressed heavily for a winner, but fell short in front of goal.

Hibs' point helps relieve some of the pressure on manager Heckingbottom, whose side had lost four of their previous five league games.

For Celtic, it brings to an end their 100% start to the domestic season.

Referee feels the heat in ferocious stalemate

When referee Kevin Clancy blew the opening whistle just after 12.30, there was something of a sedate atmosphere inside Easter Road. However, that was not to last for too long.

After just eight minutes the home fans erupted as their team took an early advantage. Wonderful play from centre-half Adam Jackson and midfield general Scott Allan set up Doidge in space in the right-hand side of the visitors box.

The striker had few options, but his cross into the danger area deflected off the ankle of Ajer and wrong-footed keeper Fraser Forster who had no chance.

Tackles were flying in all over the pitch and Clancy was having a fair job keeping his eyes on the game. The man in the middle then became the focal point of the home fans, players and management when Neil Lennon's side drew level in controversial circumstances.

James Forrest went to ground close to the half-way line under a challenge from Tom James. Referee Clancy initially looked to have seen the incident and allowed play to continue, only for fourth official Nick Walsh telling the official otherwise.

As the Hibs players stood expecting the ball to be played back to them, Celtic broke forward and duly equalised when Christie nodded home a Moritz Bauer cross.

Hibs boss Heckingbottom was outraged and even more so when shown a red card for kicking a water bottle that hit assistant referee Alan Mulvaney on the leg.

Tempers were running high and Olivier Ntcham can count himself fortunate to only receive a yellow for throwing an arm out at Josh Vela who was also booked for his part in the initial challenge.

Odsonne Edouard flashed a header just over and his replacement Vakoun Bayo should have at least found the target when creating space for himself just 12 yards from goal.

The huge Celtic support though must have known it was not to be their day when two strong claims for penalties were turned down. Ryan Christie was clipped by Lewis Stevenson but Clancy's decision was a corner and Bauer also appeared to be tripped inside the area but again no penalty awarded.

Ryan Christie

Man of the match - Scott Allan

For the visitors, Christie and Scott Brown put in their usual powerful 90 minutes shift but the man of the match award must go to a home player.

After what has been weeks of criticism aimed at the Hibs players, they showed they were no "soft touches" as their manager had claimed previously.

Paul Hanlon turned in one of his best performances of this campaign while Stevie Mallan again showed he is not just a player who likes a shot at goal.

But the award goes to a man shunned by Celtic and shown the door in the summer.

Scott Allan was a joy to watch and his incisive passing at times carved open the Celtic defence.

It is a mystery as to why he failed to make an impact at Celtic Park but on this form he will be a real force to reckon with.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 28Maxwell
  • 17James
  • 18JacksonSubstituted forWhittakerat 32'minutes
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16StevensonBooked at 50mins
  • 6VelaBooked at 39mins
  • 20HallbergSubstituted forNewellat 89'minutes
  • 14Mallan
  • 23AllanBooked at 70mins
  • 19MiddletonSubstituted forHorganat 71'minutes
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 1Marciano
  • 3Whittaker
  • 7Horgan
  • 11Newell
  • 22Kamberi
  • 32Shaw
  • 33Murray

Celtic

  • 67Forster
  • 13BauerBooked at 90mins
  • 2Jullien
  • 35AjerBooked at 43mins
  • 23Bolingoli-Mbombo
  • 8BrownBooked at 48mins
  • 42McGregorBooked at 47mins
  • 17Christie
  • 21NtchamBooked at 39minsSubstituted forHayesat 60'minutes
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forSinclairat 84'minutes
  • 22EdouardSubstituted forBayoat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gordon
  • 10Bayo
  • 11Sinclair
  • 15Hayes
  • 18Rogic
  • 27Elyounoussi
  • 33Elhamed
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
18,339

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home5
Away25
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hibernian 1, Celtic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hibernian 1, Celtic 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Josh Vela.

  4. Booking

    Moritz Bauer (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Moritz Bauer (Celtic).

  6. Post update

    Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Christie.

  8. Post update

    Jonny Hayes (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Joe Newell (Hibernian).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Vakoun Issouf Bayo (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Joe Newell replaces Melker Hallberg.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Vakoun Issouf Bayo (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kristoffer Ajer with a headed pass.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Tom James.

  15. Post update

    Christopher Jullien (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Christian Doidge (Hibernian).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonny Hayes (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum McGregor (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Scott Sinclair replaces James Forrest.

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