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

By Martin WattBBC Scotland

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

But the latest blow to their title bid leaves Celtic eight points behind leaders Rangers with a game in hand.

Jamie Murphy rifled the second-half opener in off the post after Scott Bain saved a penalty from Kevin Nisbet, who doubled the lead via the same upright.

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

Laxalt's first Celtic goal scrambled a point but Neil Lennon's men now have just one win in four league games.

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

Despite the need to avoid further slip-ups in their pursuit of an unprecedented 10th successive title, Celtic didn't rouse themselves until two goals behind in the closing stages.

The visitors dominated a scrappy first half but failed to turn their 70% possession into clear opportunities.

Buoyed by his recent Scotland heroics, Ryan Christie was the man looking to make things happen, almost breaking the deadlock shortly before half-time with a curling drive tipped wide. Mohamed Elyounoussi steamed in to meet the resulting corner and glanced a header past the post.

Hibs were gifted the chance of an opener early in the second half when Scott Brown clumsily barged into the back of Martin Boyle. Bain dived low to his right to save Nisbet's penalty, but Murphy raced in to convert the rebound off the far post.

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 via the upright.

Celtic finally began to show some urgency and Ofir Marciano twice denied substitute Edouard before the French striker tucked home from the spot after Paul McGinn's handball.

The visitors kept pushing, with Christie and Tom Rogic having shots saved before Laxalt pounced on a loose ball in the box to thunder into the roof of the net.

There could have been a final twist at the other end but Sean Mackie was unable to keep his effort down as a pulsating finale ended in 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 constant menace and netted a superb goal

What did we learn?

Neil Lennon looks no closer to solving the problems that have plagued Celtic all season. Hibs' second goal again highlighted the champions' defensive vulnerabilities and they were meek in forward areas until 20 minutes from time.

Hibs, in contrast, carried out their gameplan to perfection but will be frustrated at only collecting one point rather than three. After damaging recent defeats by Hearts and Aberdeen, this was a rousing response from Jack Ross' team.

What did they say?

Frustration and pride for Ross after Hibs draw

Hibs head coach Jack Ross: "Our immediate emotion is frustration. We put so much into the game and then conceded an avoidable goal so late.

"But I'm proud of the players' performance and it's a day for dwelling on the positives."

Celtic manager Neil Lennon: "It was exciting but I'm really disappointed with the goals we gave away.

"Totally unnecessary and I thought we had decent control of the game. We lacked that bit of oomph and the final ball is poor."

Celtic's 'lazy' defending angers Lennon

What's next?

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

Player of the match

MurphyJamie Murphy

with an average of 7.79

Hibernian

  1. Squad number18Player nameMurphy
    Average rating

    7.79

  2. Squad number15Player nameNisbet
    Average rating

    7.73

  3. Squad number1Player nameMarciano
    Average rating

    7.54

  4. Squad number26Player nameMackie
    Average rating

    7.30

  5. Squad number10Player nameBoyle
    Average rating

    7.20

  6. Squad number14Player nameMallan
    Average rating

    7.14

  7. Squad number11Player nameNewell
    Average rating

    7.14

  8. Squad number13Player nameGogic
    Average rating

    7.13

  9. Squad number6Player nameMcGinn
    Average rating

    7.07

  10. Squad number5Player namePorteous
    Average rating

    7.06

  11. Squad number4Player nameHanlon
    Average rating

    6.90

  12. Squad number20Player nameHallberg
    Average rating

    6.25

  13. Squad number2Player nameGray
    Average rating

    6.18

  14. Squad number22Player nameMcGinn
    Average rating

    6.17

Celtic

  1. Squad number93Player nameLaxalt
    Average rating

    4.23

  2. Squad number29Player nameBain
    Average rating

    3.76

  3. Squad number22Player nameEdouard
    Average rating

    3.73

  4. Squad number17Player nameChristie
    Average rating

    3.72

  5. Squad number9Player nameGriffiths
    Average rating

    3.67

  6. Squad number42Player nameMcGregor
    Average rating

    3.49

  7. Squad number4Player nameDuffy
    Average rating

    3.44

  8. Squad number35Player nameAjer
    Average rating

    3.37

  9. Squad number6Player nameBitton
    Average rating

    3.36

  10. Squad number18Player nameRogic
    Average rating

    3.35

  11. Squad number30Player nameFrimpong
    Average rating

    3.33

  12. Squad number27Player nameElyounoussi
    Average rating

    3.12

  13. Squad number10Player nameAjeti
    Average rating

    3.02

  14. Squad number21Player nameNtcham
    Average rating

    2.90

  15. Squad number8Player nameBrown
    Average rating

    2.85

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 forGrayat 80'minutes
  • 15Nisbet

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 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
Referee:
Bobby Madden

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home12
Away21
Shots on Target
Home3
Away12
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hibernian 2, Celtic 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hibernian 2, Celtic 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kevin Nisbet (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sean Mackie.

  5. Post update

    Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Paul McGinn (Hibernian).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sean Mackie (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Paul McGinn (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Hibernian 2, Celtic 2. Diego Laxalt (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner following a set piece situation.

  10. Post update

    Ryan Christie (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by David Gray (Hibernian).

  12. Booking

    Sean Mackie (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Nir Bitton (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Sean Mackie (Hibernian).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Stephen McGinn replaces Joe Newell.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Olivier Ntcham replaces Tomas Rogic.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Christie (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tomas Rogic.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Melker Hallberg replaces Stephen Mallan.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).

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