Celtic dropped yet more points at Easter Road this season as they played out a pretty uneventful game.
The hosts started brightly in a positive manner as Scott Bain was tested early on by Daryl Horgan and Stephane Omeonga before Celtic grew into the game.
Paul Hanlon saw a volley fly over whilst up the other end Odsonne Edouard hit wide before Ofir Marciano tipped over an effort from Olivier Ntcham but both sides lacked that final bit of quality in an even first half.
It took 65 minutes for the first real chance of the second half as Marciano was forced to push away a vicious free-kick from Edouard.
Much like the first half, the attacking quality from both teams was poor but Hibs nearly snatched a late winner as Oli Shaw got on the end of a knock down but couldn’t flick the ball past Bain who stood up well.
After that it was Celtic turn for a late chance as Timothy Weah found Edouard free in the box but the Hibs’ goalkeeper put up a strong arm to deny the Frenchman.
From the resulting corner, Marciano was called into action again as he tipped away a flying header from Jozo Simunovic.
A poor game by all accounts, here’s how we rated the players after today’s 0-0 stalemate.
Scott Bain: 7
A quiet game before he stood up well to block Oli Shaw’s great chance.
Mikael Lustig: 6
Got up the wing fairly well and was pretty comfortable.
Kristoffer Ajer: 7
Dealt well with the threat of McNulty and Kamberi throughout.
Jozo Simunovic: 7
Made a brillant sliding block to prevent McNulty from going in on goal and looked solid again alongside Ajer and nearly found a late winner with a header that was well saved.
Emilio Izaguirre: 5
Was wheeled out at left-back once again in place of Tierney and struggled a little with the threat of Horgan.
Scott Brown: 6
Had a great battle with the skilful Omeonga and mopped up the loose balls in the middle well
Callum McGregor: 6
Kept things quick in the middle but couldn’t quite find that final creative pass in the final third.
Olivier Ntcham: 4
Had pretty dreadful start to the game and looked way off the pace.
Eventually saw a good dipping effort tipped over by Marciano but overall his level of passing was poor and he was hooked for Rogic after an hour.
James Forrest: 5
A quiet game for the winger.
Jonny Hayes: 7
Put a lot of good quality crosses into the box from the left but Celtic still lacking a proper number nine to latch onto these.
Pressed the game well in both attack and defence before being replaced by Scott Sinclair
Odsonne Edouard: 6
Saw a couple of efforts go wide early on before he whipped a great free-kick towards goal in the second half that was well saved by Marciano.
Had a great chance to settle the points at the end but the Hibs’ goalie saved well.
(SUB) Tom Rogic: 6
Came on for Ntcham after an hour of play and found some great spaces but didn’t have the key to unlock the Hibernian defence.
(SUB) Scott Sinclair: 5
Replaced Jonny Hayes on the left but did very little.
(SUB) Timothy Weah: 5
Got 10 minutes at the end as he replaced Forrest and picked out Edouard for his late chance.
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