21 November 2020 20:37
Kevin Nisbet's angled drive doubled Hibs' lead 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. 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 their past four league games. 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.
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 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. Undeterred by his second penalty miss in succession, the Hibs striker was a constant menace and netted a superb goal Hibs' second goal again highlighted the champions' defensive vulnerabilities and they were meek in forward areas until 20 minutes from time. Celtic manager Neil Lennon: "It was exciting but I'm really disappointed with the goals we gave away. Celtic Celtic Celtic Hibernian Avg Squad number 18 Player name Murphy Average rating 7.79 Squad number 15 Player name Nisbet Average rating 7.73 Squad number 1 Player name Marciano Average rating 7.54 Squad number 26 Player name Mackie Average rating 7.30 Squad number 10 Player name Boyle Average rating 7.20 Squad number 14 Player name Mallan Average rating 7.14 Squad number 11 Player name Newell Average rating 7.14 Squad number 13 Player name Gogic Average rating 7.13 Squad number 6 Player name McGinn Average rating 7.07 Squad number 5 Player name Porteous Average rating 7.06 Squad number 4 Player name Hanlon Average rating 6.90 Squad number 20 Player name Hallberg Average rating 6.25 Squad number 2 Player name Gray Average rating 6.18 Squad number 22 Player name McGinn Average rating 6.17 Celtic Avg Squad number 93 Player name Laxalt Average rating 4.23 Squad number 29 Player name Bain Average rating 3.76 Squad number 22 Player name Edouard Average rating 3.73 Squad number 17 Player name Christie Average rating 3.72 Squad number 9 Player name Griffiths Average rating 3.67 Squad number 42 Player name McGregor Average rating 3.49 Squad number 4 Player name Duffy Average rating 3.44 Squad number 35 Player name Ajer Average rating 3.37 Squad number 6 Player name Bitton Average rating 3.36 Squad number 18 Player name Rogic Average rating 3.35 Squad number 30 Player name Frimpong Average rating 3.33 Squad number 27 Player name Elyounoussi Average rating 3.12 Squad number 10 Player name Ajeti Average rating 3.02 Squad number 21 Player name Ntcham Average rating 2.90 Squad number 8 Player name Brown Average rating 2.85 14 Mallan Booked at 15mins Substituted for Hallberg at 84' minutes 11 Newell Substituted for McGinn at 89' minutes 18 Murphy Substituted for Gray at 80' minutes 15 Nisbet Substitutes 2 Gray 8 Brown Substituted for Duffy at 72' minutes 18 Rogic Substituted for Ntcham at 87' minutes 27 Elyounoussi Substituted for Griffiths at 72' minutes 10 Ajeti Substituted for Edouard at 58' minutes Substitutes 1 Barkas 52 Henderson Referee: Bobby Madden Match Stats Live Text Post update Match ends, Hibernian 2, Celtic 2. Full Time Second Half ends, Hibernian 2, Celtic 2. Post update Corner, Hibernian. Kevin Nisbet (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Post update Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing. Post update Foul by Paul McGinn (Hibernian). Post update Attempt missed. Sean Mackie (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Post update Attempt blocked. Paul McGinn (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. 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. Post update Ryan Christie (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing. Post update Foul by David Gray (Hibernian). Booking Sean Mackie (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. Post update Nir Bitton (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing. Post update Foul by Sean Mackie (Hibernian). Tomas Rogic (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Post update Attempt saved. Ryan Christie (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Post update Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).