In a hard-fought battle at Easter Road, Celtic faced a resilient Hibernian side, ultimately settling for a goalless draw. The game was characterized by few clear-cut opportunities, with both teams displaying sturdy defenses.
Early on, Celtic dominated possession, but Hibs’ goalkeeper David Marshall thwarted their attempts, denying Paulo Bernardo and stopping attempts from Callum McGregor and Luis Palma. Hibs had their chances too, with Elie Youan’s shot saved by Joe Hart and Martin Boyle missing a golden opportunity.
Celtic’s attacking prowess intensified in the latter stages as manager Brendan Rodgers made tactical substitutions. Mikey Johnston and James Forrest tested Marshall, who made remarkable saves to keep Hibs in the game. Despite their efforts, Celtic couldn’t break the deadlock, with Forrest’s late volley hitting the bar.
The result, although not the win Celtic hoped for, extended their lead at the top of the Premiership to eight points. Brendan Rodgers’ team, unchanged from their Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid, struggled to break down Hibs’ defense. Hibs, too, failed to capitalize on their limited chances, with Boyle missing a crucial volley after a superb cross from Jordan Obita.
The game saw spirited play from both sides, with Hibs holding their ground against the league leaders. Although Celtic remains in the driving seat in the Premiership, this draw adds intensity to the title race, as Rangers have the opportunity to reduce the gap against Hearts.
Celtic’s attacking substitutions injected energy into the match, but Hibs’ resilience denied them a victory. The battle for the Premiership title continues, promising fans an exciting and closely contested season.