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Hibernian 2-1 Celtic

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Highlights: Hibernian 2-1 Celtic

Celtic missed the chance to seal the Premiership title after defeat by a high-tempo, assertive Hibernian side.

They went into the game needing to win to secure their seventh consecutive title, but will have to wait to be confirmed champions.

Jamie Maclaren opened the scoring for Hibs in the first half and Vykintas Slivka headed in after the break.

Kristoffer Ajer cleared off Celtic's goal-line before Odsonne Edouard scored a late consolation.

The victory was Hibs' first over Celtic since December 2012, and the third time that Brendan Rodgers' side have lost in the league this season.

The visitors were overwhelmed at Easter Road, as the Hibs players swarmed all over the pitch to take command.

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard scores against Hibs
Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard came off the bench to score a late consolation goal

Everything before the game screamed "party", but from the second the match got under way it was clear Hibs had very different ideas.

Neil Lennon's side were everything that Rangers failed to be against the champions at Hampden in the Scottish Cup semi-final last weekend. They were full of fight. They were full of belief and they took the game to their visitors in a thoroughly entertaining game in the Leith sunshine.

Celtic by no means had an off day. Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths both had early efforts but Ofir Marciano in the Hibs goal, like the rest of his team-mates, looked very much in the mood and denied them.

Once again, the Hibs midfield was critical to all that was good about the home side. Central to that, like so often this season, was John McGinn.

Midway through the first half, he fought hard and won the ball, then fed it to Lewis Stevenson. The full-back scampered down the left before sweeping an exquisite delivery across the face of the goal for Maclaren to convert from close range. It was no more than the home side deserved and Celtic were completely rocked back on their heels.

Hibs midfielder John McGinn and Celtic captain Scott Brown
Hibernian midfielder John McGinn was a pivotal figure for the home side with his energy and dynamism

Hibernian continued to dominate - with Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon having to move smartly to prevent Dedryck Boyata scoring an own goal then clutching a Danny Swanson volley - but after the interval Rodgers replaced midfielder Olivier Ntcham with winger Scott Sinclair, and the champions elect started to find more space.

Once again, Marciano was called into action and once again it was Rogic with the shot. The Australian international should have scored from eight yards, but the Hibs No 1 spread himself wide to block.

After weathering some Celtic pressure, though, the home side started to fight back and reassert their dominance.

Substitute Brandon Barker skipped and jinked his way through the Celtic midfield but his shot flew just wide. Minutes later, Maclaren did similar as Hibs once again poured forward in numbers. It was utterly enthralling.

Hibs midfielders Martin Boyle and Vykintas Slivka
Hibs substitute Vykintas Slivka, right, scored his side's second goal with a header

Celtic tried everything as the prospect of a title party started to slip away, but as they pushed forward Hibs grabbed their second and effectively secured the win.

Winger Martin Boyle pushed the ball forward on the right and Florian Kamberi gathered, crossed and there was substitute Slivka to head home. It was another thing of beauty.

Edouard gave the visitors some hope with a consolation goal with three minutes remaining but despite a nervy finish, it was never going to be enough.

Celtic's title celebrations will have to wait and a mouth-watering Old Firm match awaits next weekend.

But at Easter Road it was all about a Hibs side who are pushing hard for second place. If they perform in the remainder of their games like they did in this one, Aberdeen and Rangers should be very concerned.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 3Whittaker
  • 25Ambrose
  • 4Hanlon
  • 16Stevenson
  • 17Boyle
  • 10McGeouch
  • 7McGinnBooked at 76mins
  • 11SwansonSubstituted forBarkerat 64'minutes
  • 19MaclarenSubstituted forSlivkaat 73'minutes
  • 22KamberiBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 8Slivka
  • 20Barker
  • 31Bell
  • 33Murray
  • 36Porteous
  • 46Stirling
  • 53Allan

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 4Hendry
  • 35Ajer
  • 20Boyata
  • 63TierneyBooked at 11mins
  • 8BrownBooked at 71mins
  • 21NtchamSubstituted forSinclairat 45'minutes
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forRobertsat 70'minutes
  • 18Rogic
  • 42McGregor
  • 9GriffithsSubstituted forEdouardat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Simunovic
  • 7Roberts
  • 11Sinclair
  • 22Edouard
  • 29Bain
  • 67Musonda
  • 88Kouassi
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
19,886

Match Stats

Home TeamHibernianAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Hibernian 2, Celtic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hibernian 2, Celtic 1.

Foul by Brandon Barker (Hibernian).

Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left.

John McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic).

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 2, Celtic 1. Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Kristoffer Ajer.

Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Hendry (Celtic).

Booking

Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Florian Kamberi (Hibernian).

Jack Hendry (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Hibernian 2, Celtic 0. Vykintas Slivka (Hibernian) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Florian Kamberi following a fast break.

Booking

John McGinn (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Foul by Steven Whittaker (Hibernian).

Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Tomas Rogic.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Vykintas Slivka replaces Jamie Maclaren.

Attempt missed. Callum McGregor (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Booking

Scott Brown (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Patrick Roberts replaces James Forrest.

Attempt missed. Brandon Barker (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Jack Hendry (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Florian Kamberi (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Odsonne Edouard replaces Leigh Griffiths.

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

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Brandon Barker replaces Danny Swanson because of an injury.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Lewis Stevenson.

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

Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic34229365234275
2Aberdeen34205952361665
3Rangers33195967382962
4Hibernian341711651361562
5Kilmarnock34151094541455
6Hearts33111393530546
7Motherwell34109153643-739
8St Johnstone34108163349-1638
9Dundee3496193354-2133
10Hamilton3486204462-1830
11Partick Thistle3477202858-3028
12Ross County3469193857-1927
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