Reigning Premiership champions Celtic dropped further points in the race for the title today after playing out a frustrating 2-2 draw against Hibernian. The Hoops took control of proceedings quite early on in the tie, but were unable to produce the quality required in the final third of the pitch. The Celts’ skipper gave away a penalty in the second half which Kevin Nisbet missed, only for Jamie Murphy to slot in the rebound. The striker then scored again a few minutes later, with what was quite a sensational finish. The first Celtic goal was scored by Odsonne Edouard from the spot, before Milan loanee Diego Laxalt brought them level in the dying embers of the fixture.
Here Are The Celtic Player Ratings Vs Hibernian:
Celtic Player Ratings Vs Hibernian
Scott Bain – 6
Did well to save Kevin Nisbet’s penalty but was perhaps unlucky that the rebound fell to former Rangers man Jamie Murphy. Couldn’t have done much about the Hibs man’s second goal though.
Jeremie Frimpong – 4.5
The speedster had what was one of his worst performances of the season down the flank today. Tried to get forward but was poor defensively. Caught ball-watching ahead of the Hibs’ second goal too.
Nir Bitton – 5
Guilty of poor positioning on numerous occasions over the ninety, including for the Kevin Nisbet goal in the second half. Was passive for a lot of the Hibs attacks but didn’t make any silly errors though.
Kristoffer Ajer – 6
The Norwegian centre-half was one of the Hoops’ better players on the pitch today, as he made a couple of key tackles and blocks. Needs to offer a better physical presence when crosses are played into the area though.
Diego Laxalt – 7
The AC Milan loanee showed exactly why he represented his country at the World Cup a few years ago by putting up a solid display. Got forward and tried to create chances before scoring the late equaliser.
Scott Brown – 5
The skipper offered himself as an option in the middle of the park but struggled to produce anything meaningful in the final third of the pitch. Guilty of giving away the penalty, but didn’t do all that bad either.
Callum McGregor – 5.5
The midfielder passed the ball around well at times and tried to get forward and make things happen in the second half as well. However, he wasn’t able to create too much in attack for a majority of the fixture.
Ryan Christie – 7
The attacker was deployed in a wide role once again today, and he was the lone shining light in what was a depressing Celtic attacking display. Made some good runs and linked up well with the full-back as well.
Tom Rogic – 5
The attacking midfielder didn’t have the required influence in the number ten slot as his positioning was off on various occasions. Wasn’t allowed any space to run into and hence didn’t get into the game at all.
Mohamed Elyounoussi – 4
The Norwegian winger was far from his best tonight as he struggled to get into the pace of the game. Wasn’t able to produce his usual quality in the final third, and missed a good chance to score a header as well.
Albian Ajeti – 3
The Swiss striker had what was one of his worst performances in a Celtic shirt today, as he offered very little in the final third. Apart from one shot which he skied in the first-half, didn’t affect the tie too much at all.
Odsonne Edouard – 6.5
The Frenchman came on and immediately changed the trend of the game. Made multiple dangerous forward runs and kept his composure when taking the spot-kick as well.
Leigh Griffiths – 6
Moved the ball around well at times and picked up some dangerous positions. Didn’t have the time he needed to have a real impact though.
Shane Duffy – 6
Brought on in the late stages of the tie and didn’t have too much defending to do. Offered his physical presence well in the final third though.
Olivier Ntcham – NA
Didn’t have time to make an impact.