Hibernian

Teams /  Scotland  / Hibernian 
Hibernian have 40 Fans
 
 
 
 
Scott Brown's rare strike sees below-par Celtic past dogged Hibernian
Ewan Murray at Parkhead - 3 years ago

Scott Brown bucked a trend where Hibernian could not. Plenty of illustrious names fill the list of past Celtic captains, few of whom have been the subject of as much discussion as Brown. One of the general criticisms of the midfielder – and there are many – is that he fails to return the number of goals which his marauding style suggests he should.

As Brown collected an Anthony Stokes pass, 18 yards from the Hibs goal, few would have banked on the superb, half-volleyed finish which followed. Brown found the net only once for Celtic in the whole of last season, meaning that, in this era when bets can be placed on almost every aspect of football, the option of "First goalscorer: Scott Brown" isn't the subject of much interest.

That goal set the tone for Hibs' latest profitless afternoon. John Hughes has now presided over a record which shows just four wins in the Edinburgh club's last 27 outings. Hibs don't face opposition of this quality every week, but their lack of confidence was apparent in concerted spells; a 1-0 loss, it seemed, would have been regarded as a good result.

Amid a malaise, which has apparently manifested itself in performances, Hughes arrived in Glasgow's East End under increasing pressure. His only hope of salvation here had arrived from a moment of Derek Riordan magic, which flew completely in the face of what had gone before.

This was a curious affair, littered with misplaced passes and inexplicable edginess. Celtic maintained their flawless Scottish Premier League touch, and placed pressure on Rangers as they head to Aberdeen tomorrow lunchtime, but returned by far their poorest domestic showing of the campaign thus far.

If there was a problem with Brown's goal, it was that it arrived too early to allow this game to develop into a contest. The remainder of the opening half was mind-numbingly tame with Celtic relaxed – partly understandably – about the safety of their lead.

Such an approach does not sit well with Neil Lennon. Celtic's manager is keen to see a high tempo maintained throughout matches, a message he would have pressed home during the interval.

The hosts therefore opened the second period with renewed vigour and, in doing so, claimed the goal which should have settled the contest. Glenn Loovens stooped to head home a Shaun Maloney corner, with the desperate actions of John Rankin on the Hibs goalline not suffice to prevent Celtic from doubling their lead.

Riordan's retort was as audacious as it was totally unlikely. Hibs' lone striker collected an Edwin de Graaf pass before lobbing Fraser Forster – all 6ft 7in of him – from 20 yards. The Celtic goalkeeper could point to one mitigating circumstance: shock at actually seeing the ball anywhere near him.

Celtic's play regressed into scrappy, wasteful stuff thereafter. Maloney, Lennon's most influential attacking threat of the season's opening weeks, was peripheral. Composure elsewhere was in similarly short supply.

Yet a Stokes cross narrowly evaded the diving Georgios Samaras , who had been introduced in an attempt to liven up Celtic's approach. Efraín Juárez came even closer to rounding off the encounter, the Mexican midfielder heading a Cha Du-Ri cross against the Hibs crossbar.

Hughes, to his credit, made a tactical switch to 3-4-3 for the closing stages in an attempt to claim a point. Hibs struck late at this venue last season, after all, in winning one of the matches which precipitated Tony Mowbray's departure from his post as the Celtic manager.

There was no such denouement this time. Much to the relief of a blatantly under-par Celtic.

This is not a news report and may contain views expressed by the author which are not supported by GNM.

Share your thoughts
Sign in to comment

Latest News, Blogs & Podcasts

Newspapers
 
Blogs
 
Podcasts
 
Give me Goal - 2 weeks ago
The defending runner up Ranger will be hosting the match against the Hibernian in the today's fixture of the Scotland Challenge Cup 2014-25 season . The winner of this match will take Clyde in the second round match from the south selection where Clyde ...
The Guardian - 2 days ago
George Best at the beginning of the second half of his career, which took him to Cork City, LA Aztecs, Fulham and Hibs, among others. Photograph: BTS/ .... He also played a handful of games in Hong Kong and Australia before retiring from football in 1984.
Football Gossip - 1 week ago
Hibernian goalkeeper Mark Oxley scored on his debut as his side defeated Livingston on Saturday. The 23-year-old, who was making his league debut for Scottish Championship club, launched a long ball upfield only for Livingston keeper Darren Jamieson ...
Tribal Football - 3 weeks ago
Oxley has joined Scottish Championship side Hibernian on an initial six-month loan with a view to extending it until the end of the season. Oxley said: “I'm really pleased to sign for Hibs - it's a big club with a positive atmosphere around the place ...
Match: Heart of Midlothian FC v Hibernian FC, SPFL Championship, 17th August 2014. Disciplinary Rule(s) allegedly breached: Disciplinary Rule 200: Serious foul play by stamping or attempting to stamp on an opposing player, namely Jamie Walker, during ...
However, this afternoon saw the first ever Hearts-Hibs fixture to be played in the second flight of Scottish league football. After the fall out of relegation for both capital clubs, this summer has seen major changes at Tynecastle and Easter Road ...
However, the former Hibernian and Falkirk manager has paid no attention to the early league standings. He added: “I don't even look at the league. We just have to roll on, analyse the games and look to try to make ourselves better. “We're looking for ...
- Yesterday
Football_Kentucky highs. CONNECT 7 TWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE. JASON FRAKES' TOP FOOTBALL PICKS. DESALES AT HOLY CROSS. Colts have won three straight in battle for Hibernian Cup, including 45-0 last year. • Kickoff: 7:30 p.m..
Ditchburn has experience as player – having left the Hutchison Vale side to take up the post as Assistant Coach with the Hibernian Ladies – and as coach with experience at Sunderland FC, City of Edinburgh Council and the Scotland U16 regional ...
Online Casino Reports - 14 hours ago
The company's powerful sponsorship portfolio already included official betting and partnership deals with the English Football Association League and the Scottish Cup. Darts as well as greyhound and horse racing represent other wager sports where ...
   
Kick4Life - changing lives through football