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Hibernian 2-2 Celtic: Visitors cap comeback with injury-time equaliser

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 his side now have just one win in their last four league games.

The latest blow to their title bid leaves Neil Lennon's men eight points behind leaders Rangers with a game in hand.

Fourth-place Hibs missed the chance to move above Aberdeen, who face Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday.

Despite the need to avoid further slip-ups in their pursuit of an unprecedent 10th successive title, Celtic didn't rouse themselves until two goals behind in the closing stages.

The visitors dominated a scrappy first half but failed to turn their 70% possession into clear opportunities.

Buoyed by his recent Scotland heroics, Ryan Christie was the man making to look things happen, almost breaking the deadlock shortly before half-time with a curling drive tipped wide. Mohamed Elyounoussi steamed in to meet the resulting corner and glance a header past the post.

Hibs were gifted the chance of an opener early in the second half when Scott Brown 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 Edouard before the French striker tucked home from the spot after Paul McGinn's handball in the box.

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.

Their could have been a final twist at the other end but Sean Mackie was unable to keep his effort down as a pulsating finale ended in the spoils being shared.

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Hibernian

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameMarciano

    Average rating

    7.77

  2. Squad number6Player nameMcGinn

    Average rating

    7.30

  3. Squad number5Player namePorteous

    Average rating

    7.23

  4. Squad number4Player nameHanlon

    Average rating

    7.09

  5. Squad number26Player nameMackie

    Average rating

    7.41

  6. Squad number10Player nameBoyle

    Average rating

    7.36

  7. Squad number14Player nameMallan

    Average rating

    7.28

  8. Squad number13Player nameGogic

    Average rating

    7.17

  9. Squad number11Player nameNewell

    Average rating

    7.25

  10. Squad number18Player nameMurphy

    Average rating

    7.74

  11. Squad number15Player nameNisbet

    Average rating

    7.81

Substitutes

  1. Squad number2Player nameGray

    Average rating

    6.09

  2. Squad number20Player nameHallberg

    Average rating

    6.24

  3. Squad number22Player nameMcGinn

    Average rating

    6.08

Celtic

Starting XI

  1. Squad number29Player nameBain

    Average rating

    3.68

  2. Squad number30Player nameFrimpong

    Average rating

    3.31

  3. Squad number6Player nameBitton

    Average rating

    3.28

  4. Squad number35Player nameAjer

    Average rating

    3.39

  5. Squad number93Player nameLaxalt

    Average rating

    4.16

  6. Squad number8Player nameBrown

    Average rating

    2.90

  7. Squad number42Player nameMcGregor

    Average rating

    3.58

  8. Squad number17Player nameChristie

    Average rating

    3.83

  9. Squad number18Player nameRogic

    Average rating

    3.39

  10. Squad number27Player nameElyounoussi

    Average rating

    3.22

  11. Squad number10Player nameAjeti

    Average rating

    3.12

Substitutes

  1. Squad number4Player nameDuffy

    Average rating

    3.48

  2. Squad number9Player nameGriffiths

    Average rating

    3.76

  3. Squad number21Player nameNtcham

    Average rating

    3.06

  4. Squad number22Player nameEdouard

    Average rating

    3.86

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 6McGinn
  • 5Porteous
  • 4HanlonBooked at 79mins
  • 26MackieBooked at 89mins
  • 10BoyleBooked at 74mins
  • 14MallanBooked at 15minsSubstituted forHallbergat 84'minutes
  • 13Gogic
  • 11NewellSubstituted forMcGinnat 89'minutes
  • 18MurphySubstituted forGrayat 80'minutes
  • 15Nisbet

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 8Wright
  • 19Gullan
  • 20Hallberg
  • 22McGinn
  • 24McGregor
  • 25Doig
  • 33Barnes
  • 43Elder

Celtic

  • 29Bain
  • 30Frimpong
  • 6Bitton
  • 35Ajer
  • 93Laxalt
  • 8BrownSubstituted forDuffyat 72'minutes
  • 42McGregor
  • 17Christie
  • 18RogicSubstituted forNtchamat 87'minutes
  • 27ElyounoussiSubstituted forGriffithsat 72'minutes
  • 10AjetiSubstituted forEdouardat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Barkas
  • 3Taylor
  • 4Duffy
  • 9Griffiths
  • 11Klimala
  • 21Ntcham
  • 22Edouard
  • 44Elhamed
  • 52Henderson

Referee:
Bobby Madden

Match Stats

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Match ends, Hibernian 2, Celtic 2.

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