Celtic faced off against Hibernian in last weekends big match in the Scottish Premier League.
Prior to kick off, the two clubs were vying for 2nd place in the league behind leaders Hearts, who themselves secured a win to remain in pole position.
Like with most of their affairs, the Glaswegian club were favourites for the victory, and their subsequent performance reflected exactly why. Australian midfielder Tom Rogic put his team ahead with a beautifully finished goal in the 8th minute, before Olivier Ntcham doubled their lead in the 19th after latching onto a ball from James Forrest.
Hibernian didn’t totally flop after the early pressure – bringing themselves back into the competition through Kamberi in the 63rd minute (2-1). An exchange of goals then ensued; firstly, from Celtic player Olivier Ntcham (3-1), then Hibernian’s Martin Boyle (3-2), and finally Ntcham’s second to finish the game off in the 88th minute (4-2).
The game was an exciting one for the neutral, there’s no doubting that, and there were some excellent performances on show for fans to get excited about. However, sections of the Celtic faithful could be forgiven for being a little concerned with how close Hibernian were to clutching vital away points.
Here are two players that didn’t look to be performing at their best on the day…
Tierney is usually one of the club’s standout performers on the left-hand side of defence; on Saturday, however, things weren’t up to standard.
He was caught out in defence on a number of occasions and ultimately suffered two goals on the day. If Celtic had dropped points, serious questions would have been asked of him following the game.
The English winger made an earlier appearance than originally anticipated after captain Scott Brown was forced off the pitch with an injury early in the game.
His performance was stale to say the least and did very little to convince fans and Brendan Rogers that he deserves his starting place in the side back.
Sinclair lacked any real conviction going forward, and he ultimately failed to impose himself on the Hibernian defence. The forwards lacklustre performance was highlighted and emphasised by the quality on show from his teammates Rogic and Edouard.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!