Scottish Premiership
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Celtic 2-2 Hibernian

Callum McGregor scores for Celtic
Callum McGregor opened the scoring and later levelled with his sixth goal of the season

Hibernian came close to ending Celtic's now 58-game unbeaten domestic run on Neil Lennon's return to his old club.

The former Celtic boss saw his side fall behind to Callum McGregor's sweet first-half strike.

But two thumping goals from Scotland midfielder John McGinn put the visitors ahead with 13 minutes remaining.

But they could only hold the lead for three minutes, McGregor tucking home an equaliser before Scott Sinclair went close to a late winner for the hosts.

Celtic remain top of the Premiership, on goal difference from Aberdeen, while Hibs drop to sixth, but level on points with fifth-placed Motherwell.

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The champions were ahead inside 16 minutes when Kieran Tierney's ball up the left found Moussa Dembele, who held it up and then fed the on-rushing McGregor. The midfielder composed himself, took a couple of touches and then swept his shot past Ross Laidlaw.

It was a terrific finish and it made you believe that this was going to be a comfortable enough day for Brendan Rodgers' team, even though his starting line-up showed multiple changes from midweek in Brussels. Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong were injured and Scott Sinclair, Patrick Roberts and Leigh Griffiths were on the bench.

In came Odsonne Edouard, who was anonymous and replaced at the break by Sinclair, and Dembele who, save for his contribution to the goal, was utterly unthreatening.

The home team looked at ease even when Hibs began to get themselves into it during the opening half. . They had some moments in the match but nothing that caused a lax Celtic too many tremors. The main upset for Celtic was Willie Collum's booking of James Forrest for diving, when it looked like the winger had been fouled.

Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon urges his side on against Celtic
Neil Lennon was delighted with an "outstanding" second-half display that earned Hibs a point

Everything changed quite spectacularly at the beginning of the second half. For large chunks Hibs dominated midfield - McGinn bossed it in there - and sowed doubt in Celtic minds.

McGinn's equaliser was a beauty, drilled low to Craig Gordon's left. The Scotland midfielder was in his element. Olivier Ntcham might be a £4m player but he was poor here. He was nowhere near McGinn's level. Celtic missed Scott Brown in a major way.

Soon after, Steven Whittaker headed over from a good position, a curtain-raiser for a terrific Hibs chance. From a McGinn corner and an Anthony Stokes flick-on, Whittaker, standing free at the back post, must have thought he was about to score. Instead, his point-blank effort was somehow clawed away by Gordon. An outstanding save,.

The frustration of seeing that opportunity spurned didn't deter Hibs. They kept piling forward and with 13 minutes left, McGinn put them ahead with a rasping shot from distance that flew over Gordon. McGinn ran away to celebrate with his delirious supporters while Neil Lennon struggled manfully to keep to his word and not celebrate Hibs' joy.

John McGinn scores his second goal for Hibernian against Celtic
John McGinn lashes home his second goal for Hibs

Nobody would have blamed him had he gone berserk with excitement, but Lennon, more than anybody, knows that, in this place, it ain't over until it's over.

Sure enough, with nine minutes left, Celtic levelled. A corner, a knock-down and there was McGregor, cool as you like, to cushion it home.

How McGregor is not in Gordon Strachan's Scotland squad is anybody's guess. Celtic might have even sneaked it at the end when Sinclair went through and then claimed passionately that he'd been hauled back by Efe Ambrose. Collum ignored the claim and got booed off at the end as a result.

Pulsating stuff.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23LustigBooked at 55mins
  • 20Boyata
  • 63Tierney
  • 49ForrestBooked at 29minsSubstituted forRobertsat 70'minutes
  • 21NtchamBooked at 60mins
  • 18Rogic
  • 42McGregor
  • 15Hayes
  • 22EdouardSubstituted forSinclairat 45'minutes
  • 10DembeleSubstituted forGriffithsat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Roberts
  • 9Griffiths
  • 11Sinclair
  • 24de Vries
  • 35Ajer
  • 52Henderson
  • 56Ralston

Hibernian

  • 21Laidlaw
  • 3WhittakerBooked at 68mins
  • 4Hanlon
  • 25Ambrose
  • 16StevensonBooked at 74mins
  • 7McGinn
  • 6BartleySubstituted forMurrayat 89'minutes
  • 17Boyle
  • 8SlivkaSubstituted forBarkerat 83'minutes
  • 10McGeouch
  • 28Stokes

Substitutes

  • 9Matulevicius
  • 11Swanson
  • 15Murray
  • 20Barker
  • 33Murray
  • 36Porteous
  • 41Dabrowski
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
59,259

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 2, Hibernian 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 2, Hibernian 2.

Kieran Tierney (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Brandon Barker (Hibernian).

Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Martin Boyle (Hibernian).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Simon Murray replaces Marvin Bartley.

Callum McGregor (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brandon Barker (Hibernian).

Attempt saved. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Jonny Hayes (Celtic).

Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Dedryck Boyata (Celtic).

Brandon Barker (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Brandon Barker replaces Vykintas Slivka.

Attempt missed. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Patrick Roberts (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 2, Hibernian 2. Callum McGregor (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

Attempt blocked. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 1, Hibernian 2. John McGinn (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal.

Foul by Tomas Rogic (Celtic).

Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Patrick Roberts (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).

Foul by Callum McGregor (Celtic).

Vykintas Slivka (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. John McGinn (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tomas Rogic (Celtic).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Patrick Roberts replaces James Forrest.

Attempt missed. Callum McGregor (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Scott Sinclair (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Vykintas Slivka (Hibernian).

Attempt missed. Mikael Lustig (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Steven Whittaker (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Scott Sinclair (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic86202051520
2Aberdeen8620156920
3Rangers84221711614
4St Johnstone84221311214
5Motherwell84131310313
6Hibernian83411412213
7Hearts8233710-39
8Dundee82241016-68
9Hamilton82151217-57
10Ross County8215714-77
11Partick Thistle8035816-83
12Kilmarnock8035513-83
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