Saturday, October 20, 2018
Celtic Park, Glasgow
(Rogic 8, Ntcham 19, Edouard 69, 83)
(Kamberi 63, Boyle 73)
ODSONNE Edouard scored a brace as Celtic continued their strong form with a 4-2 win over Hibernian. The Scottish champions returned to action in the Premiership with a convincing victory which moves them up to second place in the table.
Tom Rogic and Olivier Ntcham gave Celtic a 2-0 first-half lead. Hibernian scored through Florian Kamberi and Martin Boyle but two goals from Odsonne Edouard ensured Celtic never let slip their lead.
Kieran Tierney made his 150th Celtic appearance as Celtic returned to action in the Scottish Premiership against Hibernian at Paradise. The 21-year-old full-back was part of a starting XI that had just one change from the side that defeated St Johnstone 6-0 almost two weeks ago. Captain Scott Brown returned to the starting XI while Leigh Griffiths was absent with an illness.
Celtic started the game with a high tempo and an aggression going forward which Hibs struggled to contend with, and it wasn’t long before the chances came raining down in front of the opposition goal.
The first of those came just minutes after kick-off when Callum McGregor floated the ball towards Edouard at the back post. The French forward controlled the ball with his chest but couldn’t get a clean shot off and ended up hitting the outside of the post from a tight angle.
Hibs only real chance in the first-half had come very early on when Brown brought down Emerson Hyndman on the edge of the box. Stephen Mallan was unable to craft anything from the free-kick, though, and flashed his effort a yard wide of the post.
The pressing from Celtic in the opening stages proved too much for the visitors who fell behind after just eight minutes. The dynamic duo of James Forrest and Tom Rogic picked up from where they left off almost two weeks ago when they opened up the Hibs defence on the edge of the area with a neat one-two. Rogic finished off the move with a wonderful left-footed effort which sailed beyond the despairing dive of Adam Bogdan.
Ntcham came close to doubling the lead after 15 minutes with a ferocious right-footed strike but Bogdan pushed the ball wide with a good save.
As the half progressed Celtic tightened their grip on the game and gave Neil Lennon’s side little opportunity to find their feet. Celtic dominated possession and were efficient with it in the final third, producing some excellent attacking play.
The Hoops doubled their lead inside 20 minutes and it was Forrest and Rogic who again were the architects. Forrest cut inside with the ball before laying it off to Rogic who, in turn, fed Olivier Ntcham with a perfectly-weighted pass. The French midfielder took his chance and calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner.
Scott Brown was replaced by Scott Sinclair midway through the half after picking up an injury, but Celtic continued to control the play and Brendan Rodgers’ side were unfortunate not to go into the break with a third.
Sinclair hit the post shortly after coming on during a quickly flurry of chances which started with Edouard’s shot being saved and ended with Forrest firing wide of the mark.
Late in the first half, Rogic and Forrest again opened up the Hibs defence. With the ball at his feet inside the box, Rogic fed a pass through to Forrest who managed to get a shot off from a tight angle but the ball flew narrowly wide of the far post.
Hibs came close to reducing the deficit near the end of the first-half, but Martin Boyle’s goal-bound header was brilliantly saved by Craig Gordon.
Hibernian came out after the break with more tempo to their play and it was the Edinburgh side who struck first through Florian Kamberi. The Swiss forward narrowed the gap with an excellent shot which he fired across goal and into the top corner beyond Gordon.
Celtic responded almost immediately with a chance of their own. Edouard showed his strength and composure as he carried the ball from the halfway line while holding off Efe Ambrose but, after doing so well to cut inside, his shot came back off the post.
The 20-year-old made amends shortly afterwards when he finished off a superb piece of attacking play from Forrest. The winger used his strength and pace to great effect when he dribbled to the byline and cut a pass back for Edouard who cushioned the ball beyond the keeper.
The back and forth between the two sides continued and Hibs responded with another goal. Boyle timed his run well to slip in behind the Celtic defence and chipped the ball over Gordon who had rushed off his line to try and smother the danger.
With just one goal separating the two sides the rhythm of the game slowed slightly in the final 15 minutes. Ryan Christie, on as a substitute, had an immediate impact in setting up Ntcham, but the keeper was quick off his line to block the shot.
Edouard put the game beyond any doubt with just seven minutes remaining with his second goal which was assisted by McGregor. The midfielder lifted the ball over the Hibs defence and Edouard took a touch before firing it beyond Rogdan.
Despite having a two-goal lead Celtic didn’t stop there. The Scottish champions continued to heap the pressure on Hibs in the dying minutes of the game. McGregor came close after cutting inside from the left but his shot was blocked. Edouard was then denied a hat-trick when his shot from inside the box was pushed on to the post by Bogdan.
CELTIC (4-3-2-1) Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Benkovic, Tierney; Brown (Sinclair 20), Rogic (Kouassi 71), Ntcham; Forrest (Christie 82), McGregor; Edouard
Not Used Bain, Simunovic, Gamboa, Morgan
HIBERNIAN (4-3-2-1) Bogdan; Ambrose, Milligan (Whittaker 71), Horgan, Slivka; Boyle, Mallan, Stevenson, Hyndman (McLaren 86), Kamberi; McGregor
Not Used: Marciano, Bartley, Nelom, Shaw, Porteous
Celtic 4-2 Hibernian: Odsonne Edouard double helps champions to victory