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Scottish Premiership

Easter Road Stadium (ATT 12,161) 19th February 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Craig Thomson

Hibernian Hibernian vs Celtic Celtic


Celtic 5

A Stokes (14)
G Hooper (20, 52)
C Mulgrew (47)
S Ki (77)

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Last Updated at 4:56 pm, February 19th 2012

  1. Thanks for following the action - I hope you enjoyed it - see you again soon

  2. Celtic go 17 points clear of Rangers with the win away at Hibs. The Celtic front-two of Anthony Stokes and Gary Hooper punished a Hibs team who failed to muster much in response. Easy three points.

  3. 92

    The ref blows for full time as Celtic notch up one of the easiest wins of the season.

  4. 92

    Celtic win a free-kick in their own corner

  5. 90

    Two extra minutes shown on the board

  6. 89

    Nothing really to report as the clock runs down. Celtic are coasting to the three points

  7. 87

    Hibs force a corner that Celtic clear. Jorge Carlos was closer to getting the ball out of the ground than in the net with a follow-up shot high and very wide

  8. 86

    The life has gone out of the game. Hibs have given up and Celtic seem happy with the five. The ball is mainly being kncoked around the midfield

  9. 84

    Hibs have been poor and both fans and players must be desperate for the final whistle

  10. 83

    The Celtic fans are cheering every touch of the ball as their team play it around with ease

  11. 81

    CHANCE!!! Joe Ledley hits the wood-work from the set piece - it comes off the underside of the bar and bounces away

  12. 80

    Celtic force a corner with 10 minutes to go

  13. 79

    Lewis Stevenson booked for a challenge on Scott Brown. He went through the player to get a foot on the ball and the yellow is fair

  14. 77

    Hibs can consider themself unlucky with that goal but not on the whole Celtic are good for the score-line

  15. 77

    GOAL!!!! Sung- Yueng Ki benefits from a lucky deflection from a Kris Commons shot

  16. 74

    CHANCE!!! O'Connor shaved the top of the net with a decent shot for Hibs

  17. 73

    Scott Brown booked for up-ending Kujabi who was bearing down on the Celtic box

  18. 72

    Leigh Griffiths is replaced by Roy O'Donovan

  19. 72

    CHANCE!!! O'Connor dug a brilliant ball out but Griffiths fails to get enough on it to trouble Forster. Celtic caused their own problems there failing to clear the ball

  20. 70

    Celtic bring on Emilio Izaguirre for Thomas Rogne

  21. 67

    O'Connor is caught offside for Hibs - replays confirm he was half a yard off

  22. 64

    CHANCE!!! Kujabi displays some terrible defending handing the ball to Stokes who powers it over the bar from distance. Hibs will do well to avoid a hiding without kamikaze defending like that

  23. 64

    Mulgrew delivers it but Hibs clear

  24. 63

    Commons puts a good ball into the box from the left-hand side and Celtic force a corner

  25. 62

    Rogne thumps it behind for a corner but Hibs spoon a shot harmlessly wide

  26. 60

    Celtic make a change as Kris Commons comes on for Gary Hooper

  27. 60

    Griffiths carries it into the box for Hibs - there was a half-shout for handball but they refe waves it away

  28. 57

    The fight seems to have gone out of Hibs as the Celtic fans are all that can be heard at Easter Road

  29. REACTION! It was a bad mistake from Stack for Celtic's fourth. Hooper's shot came in at an angle from the corner of the box. The fortunate goal makes him the League's top scorer as Hibs fans pour out of the ground

  30. 54

    Sung-Yueng comes on for Celtic

  31. 53

    GOAL!!!! Hooper makes it four as Stack palms his shot in with a howler.

  32. 50

    Garry O'Connor comes on for Eoin Doyle

  33. 48

    CHANCE!!! Hooper majestically back heels the ball to Stokes who shoots low and forces a quick reaction save from Stack

  34. 46

    The worst possible start as Celtic hit three seconds after the re-start.

  35. 45

    GOAL!!!! Charlie Mulgrew curls the free-kick in. Hibs keeper Stack took his time lining up the wall but showed Mulgrew too much and he took advantage with a well placed shot

  36. 45

    Early foul on Hooper as Celtic have a chance from a dangerous free-kick

  37. Hibs make a half-time change as George Francomb has come on for Matt Doherty

  38. HALF-TIME! It's 2-0 for the Scottish Premier League leaders and it's well deserved. The front-two of Anthony Stokes and Gary Hooper have looked dangerous - they've been clinical - a strike partnership that would trouble many teams but Hibernian don't look able to contain them

  39. 47

    The ball has failed to stick at all in the Celtic final third. Hibs just can't keep the ball to force anything dangerous.

  40. 45

    The ball is returned to Hibs goal-keeper as the assistant shows two minutes extra-time to play

  41. 44

    Matt Doherty has caught an elbow from Stokes which draws blood. The ref takes no action - it looked to be an accident

  42. 44

    Wotherspoon takes a knock to the head and play is stopped as he gets treatment

  43. 42

    As the final minutes of the half play out it's a one team show. Hibs have shown nothing at all since losing two goals in seven minutes and Celtic are good for the lead

  44. 40

    Kujabi hustles the Celtic defense well but follows it up with a poor pass out of play handing Celtic the chance to clear any potential danger

  45. 38

    Celtic are playing it around Hibs with ease - Joe Ledley is allowed to run the length of the Hibs half and power a shot over the bar. There was a complete lack of defensive pressure

  46. 36

    Hibs have been poor in the final third. They've only managed one win in 13 and you can see why

  47. 34

    Leigh Griffiths continues his run of bad behaviour - he picks up a yellow card for leaving his foot in on Scott Brown

  48. REPLAY of the penalty claim do show Stokes was clipped in the box and Hibs were lucky there

  49. 32

    Anthony Stokes takes a tumble in the box but the ref waves his claims of a penalty away. There seemed no reason to go down if he wasn't clipped - Celtic look dangerous everytime they carry the ball forward

  50. It was half a chance but they are going to have to do better to beat this Celtic back-line

  51. 30

    Hibs worked the ball into the final third well and Wotherspoon has a chance on the corner of the 6-yard box but can't get enough of his foot of the ball and it goes wide

  52. 28

    Hibs seem cautious in possession but with Stokes and Forrest up-front Celtic have a strike-partnership that can punish at will

  53. 26

    Mulgrew has recovered and ready to return as Hibs give the ball back to Forster who thumps it up-field

  54. 25

    Mulgrew has had a heavy fall and the ref has to stop play so Celtic can get the medic on

  55. 23

    Bad defending from Adam Matthews who is weak facing his own goal from a bouncing though ball - Stevenson hits the shot straight at Forster and it comes to nothing

  56. Celtic look dangerous when their front-men link up - that was too easy. If it keeps at this tempo I feel for Hibs' goal difference

  57. 20

    GOAL!!!!!!!! Gary Hooper slots it in from the corner of the 6-yard box from a pass from his Celtic stike partner

  58. 19

    It's turning into a battling display from Hibs - they're forcing Celtic into giving away free-kicks in useful areas. Nothing has come from them as yet

  59. 17

    Leigh Griffiths hits it but it's weak and over the bar - a nothing shot really

  60. 16

    Eoin Doyle wins a free-kick - it's central and close enough for an effort

  61. The goal-keeper was boxed in there. He had nowhere to go and it was an easy headed effort from close range for Stokes

  62. 13

    GOAL!!!!!! Anthony Stokes nods it in from the corner!!

  63. 13

    The ball is put behind for a Celtic corner

  64. 12

    Hooper is clipped by Carlos and Celtic have a free-kick on half-way

  65. 10

    Hibs are hustling Celtic well but they don't seem to be able to deliver with quality when they have the chance

  66. 9

    Hibs looked to have forced a corner but the linesman gives a goal-kick

  67. 9

    Wotherspoon bundles Mulgrew to the floor in the corner and Celtic can clear their lines

  68. 7

    Celtic seem happy to let Hibs have the ball and look to hit them on the break

  69. 6

    Kujabi gave the ball away to the Celtic danger man Forrest but his lofted cross comes to nothing and Hibs win a free-kick on half-way

  70. 5

    Celtic playing in their yellow away kit have the majority of the play but havn't had the ball in the Hibs half since that early chance

  71. 3

    The corner was delivered well but Celtic manage to clear after a foul on the right-back down in the corner

  72. 3

    Lewis Stevenson brought it forward and forced a corner with a shot after cutting inside on the left

  73. 2

    Hibs manage to clear both of Celtic's corners. That was a nervy start from the home side

  74. 1

    Right from the off Garry Hooper flicks an effort at goal and it takes a desperate save from Stack to spin it over the bar. Celtic put pressure on with an early corner

  75. Celtic can go 17 points clear of Rangers with a win today

  76. The players are in the tunnel as we await them onto the pitch

  77. Neil Lennon has said the priority is for Celtic to close out the Scottich Premier League as soon as possible - on paper this should be an easy three points for Lennon's men

  78. Email me at if you've got any thoughts or gripes throughout the game

  79. HIBERNIAN line-up: Stack, Francomb, Hanlon, McPake, Stephens, Booth, Sproule, Wotherspoon, Stevenson, Scott, Osbourne, Doyle, Claros, Kujabi, O'Donovan, Doherty, O'Connor, Griffiths, Brown.

  80. The teams news are in!!

  81. Hello and welcome to this Scottish Premier League clash at Easter Road.

  82. Updates will appear here...



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