Thrashing by Celtic 'is wake-up call' for Hibs - Pat Fenlon

Stokes took advantage of poor marking to score Celtic's opener
Stokes took advantage of poor marking to score Celtic's opener

Pat Fenlon says the 5-0 dismantling of his defence by Celtic should act as a warning for all at Hibernian.

"We've got a bit of praise for the two games, we've gone through in the Cup and 0-0 with Aberdeen, but you can't take that and sit on your laurels and hope things will happen for you," the Hibs manager told BBC Scotland.

"You've got to keep working hard to change things and turn it around.

"It's a wake up call for everybody. We're in a very dodgy situation."

The defeat at Easter Road leaves Hibs equal on points with bottom-side Dunfermline Athletic in what is becoming a two-horse race to avoid relegation.

And, although the Edinburgh side remain ahead on goal difference and have a game in hand, Fenlon realises he faces a battle to lift his side ahead of Wednesday's trip to Fir Park to face third-top Motherwell.

"We haven't helped our goal difference and we've got a massively tough game coming up on Wednesday and we've got to try to put a bit of daylight between ourselves and Dunfermline," he said.

Fenlon started with Eoin Doyle and Leigh Griffiths up front, with Garry O'Connor dropped to the bench but explained that the Scotland international would still play a big part in the run-in to the end of the season.

"We took a risk today and it didn't work, so I've got to take the responsibility for that," admitted the manager.

"I just thought Eoin and Leigh would have caused Celtic a bit more problems.

"The thing about Garry is that he keeps scoring goals and we'rre going to need him from now until the end of the season as we need to score a few goals."

Defender Matt Doherty was withdrawn at half time with a head knock after colliding with Anthony Stokes' elbow, but Fenlon thought it had been an accidental blow by the Celtic striker.

"He got a few stitches and was a bit groggy, so we didn't want to put him back on the park," said the Hibs boss.

Celtic were 2-0 up after only 20 minutes through Stokes and Gary Hooper before goals after the break from Charlie Mulgrew, Hooper and Ki Sung-Yueng completed a miserable day for the Leith outfit.

"Every defeat is sore, but that was worse today because we contributed so much to our own downfall," said Fenlon..

"Celtic were good, don't take that away from them, but we gifted them three goals, maybe even four.

"They've been doing that all season to teams, but it doesn't make it any easier to take.

"We kept the ball well enough and we created a couple of decent chances in the first half.

"But we gave away sloppy goals and, just after half-time, we were saying the next one's important, don't give it away and, from our own tip-off, we give the ball and we concede again off the free-kick."

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