James Forrest's stunning equaliser against tenacious Hibernian prevented stuttering Celtic suffering their first domestic defeat of the season.

Celtic were left angry as Paul Heffernan fired the 18th-minute opener after a rebound fell to the striker in an offside position.

The Premiership leaders struggled to break down an Edinburgh side who were mainly operating on the break.

But Forrest's beautiful curling drive levelled the game with 13 minutes left.

It was a cruel moment for Hibs, who have now only lost once in their last nine games, as they had been reduced to 10 men at the time with Ryan McGivern off the field receiving treatment.

However, Celtic deserved at least a point despite being far below their best with perhaps one collective eye on Tuesday's Champions League visit by Ajax.

The big talking point at kick-off was the Celtic debut handed to Darnell Fisher, the 19-year-old Englishman who signed in 2011 after leaving Farnborough covering at right-back in the absence of injured duo Adam Matthews and Mikael Lustig.

A virus picked up on international duty meant Emilio Izaguirre was missing from the other side of defence, with Charlie Mulgrew dropping back to cover and Beram Kayal coming into midfield.

Izaguirre and Lustig are expected to be fit for a midweek return, but Fisher did not look out of place as he slotted in comfortably and impressively into the Celtic system as the visitors enjoyed more of the early possession.

Paul Heffernan and Scott Robertson celebrate

Heffernan (left) opened the scoring for Hibs at Easter Road

Hibs manager Pat Fenlon had changed his formation to one up front, with James Collins dropping to the bench, and the home side had rarely been seen as an attacking force by the time they took a controversial lead.

Kevin Thomson won a tackle with Scotland team-mate Scott Brown, the man with whom he made his Hibs debut in 2003, after a poor clearance by Virgil van Dijk.

As the ball broke forward, the lonesome Heffernan was a yard offside behind the Celtic defence before firing under the advancing Fraser Forster and into the net.

Celtic had themselves been restricted to a couple of Kris Commons half chances until then, but he should have equalised when a precise Van Dijk long ball found the winger behind the defence only for his chip over Ben Williams to find the roof of the net.

Fit-again Georgios Samaras fired straight at the legs of Williams from 16 yards before Celtic lost the services of the influential Commons to what looked like a hamstring injury after 27 minutes.

A rush of blood to Williams' head allowed substitute Forrest to round the goalkeeper and set up Teemu Pukki in front of goal, but the Finland striker hesitated as McGivern blocked the low effort.

Williams redeemed himself with fine saves to deny Kayal and Anthony Stokes as Celtic came out after the break in more determined mood.

Hibs settled and grew in confidence inspired by a bit of trickery from on-loan Istres winger Abdellah Zoubir, who had been given his first league start, and a shot from Liam Craig tested Forster.

However, Forrest ghosted past stand-in full-back Craig before curling a drive with the outside of his foot inside the far post and the Scotland winger was denied a late second by another wonderful Williams save.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 03 McGivern Booked (McPake - 79' )
  • 17 Tudur Jones
  • 05 Nelson
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 27 Zoubir (Taiwo - 91' )
  • 38 Thomson
  • 24 Heffernan
  • 10 Craig Booked (Vine - 89' )
  • 08 Robertson

Substitutes

  • 06 McPake
  • 09 Vine
  • 14 Collins
  • 19 Handling
  • 20 Taiwo
  • 21 Murdoch
  • 22 Mullen

Celtic

  • 01 Forster
  • 41 Fisher
  • 21 Mulgrew
  • 15 Commons (Forrest - 28' )
  • 04 Ambrose
  • 05 van Dijk
  • 20 Pukki (Baldé - 86' )
  • 08 Brown
  • 09 Samaras
  • 10 Stokes
  • 33 Kayal (Ledley - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Biton
  • 16 Ledley
  • 17 Baldé
  • 18 Rogic
  • 24 Zaluska
  • 49 Forrest
  • 53 Henderson
Ref: Calum Murray
Att: 14,220

Match Stats

Shots

5 17

On target

4 6

Corners

1 10

Fouls

14 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hibernian 1, Celtic 1.

90:00 +4:32 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hibernian 1, Celtic 1.

90:00 +4:00

Darnell Fisher (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +4:00

Foul by Rowan Vine (Hibernian).

90:00 +1:17

Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:17

Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).

90:00 +0:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Tom Taiwo replaces Abdellah Zoubir.

90:00 +0:08

Foul by Amido Baldé (Celtic).

90:00 +0:08

Michael Nelson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Rowan Vine replaces Liam Craig.

88:02

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

88:02

Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:21

Attempt saved. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

85:44

Joe Ledley (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:44

Foul by Owain Tudur-Jones (Hibernian).

85:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Amido Baldé replaces Teemu Pukki.

84:59

Attempt missed. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

84:16

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Lewis Stevenson.

80:11

Foul by Efe Ambrose (Celtic).

80:11

Paul Heffernan (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:31

Attempt missed. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

78:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. James McPake replaces Ryan McGivern because of an injury.

77:11

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Lewis Stevenson.

76:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hibernian 1, Celtic 1. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

73:13

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

72:23

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Michael Nelson.

71:30 Booking

Booking Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

71:25

Darnell Fisher (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:25

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).

69:13

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

68:55

Attempt saved. Liam Craig (Hibernian) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

68:36

Attempt saved. Teemu Pukki (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

67:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Joe Ledley replaces Beram Kayal.

66:30

Attempt blocked. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

65:49

Attempt saved. Owain Tudur-Jones (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

61:15

Foul by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).

61:15

Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:57

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

57:45

Foul by Teemu Pukki (Celtic).

57:45

Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:25

Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).

54:25

Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:02

Attempt blocked. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

52:32 Booking

Booking Liam Craig (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

52:22

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:22

Foul by Liam Craig (Hibernian).

51:48

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Ben Williams.

51:22

Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

50:31

Attempt missed. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

50:06

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Michael Nelson.

49:23

Attempt saved. Beram Kayal (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

47:40

Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:40

Foul by Kevin Thomson (Hibernian).

45:00

Second Half begins Hibernian 1, Celtic 0.

45:00 +1:14 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hibernian 1, Celtic 0.

44:27

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

43:14

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Lewis Stevenson.

42:53

Attempt blocked. Teemu Pukki (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

40:22

Attempt blocked. Liam Craig (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

37:28

Efe Ambrose (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

37:28

Foul by Paul Heffernan (Hibernian).

36:05

Beram Kayal (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:05

Foul by Kevin Thomson (Hibernian).

32:04

Attempt missed. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

31:11

Attempt saved. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

29:37

Darnell Fisher (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

29:37

Foul by Liam Craig (Hibernian).

29:06

Attempt missed. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

27:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. James Forrest replaces Kris Commons because of an injury.

25:14

Beram Kayal (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:14

Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).

22:56

Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

21:55

Ryan McGivern (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:55

Foul by Kris Commons (Celtic).

21:17

Foul by Beram Kayal (Celtic).

21:17

Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:37

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Celtic).

19:37

Liam Craig (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:06

Attempt saved. Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

17:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hibernian 1, Celtic 0. Paul Heffernan (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

16:45

Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

14:30

Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

14:00

Darnell Fisher (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:57

Foul by Paul Heffernan (Hibernian).

11:30

Darnell Fisher (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:30

Foul by Liam Craig (Hibernian).

8:00

Darnell Fisher (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

7:52

Foul by Paul Heffernan (Hibernian).

6:24

Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:24

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

4:00

Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:56

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Celtic).

0:23

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Scott Robertson.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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