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Hibernian 1-3 Celtic: The visitors closed the gap with Premiership leaders Rangers to two points

Hibernian 1-3 Celtic: Tony Ralston, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Kyogo Furuhashi attack in the first 30 minutes as the visitors cut the gap over leading Rangers to two points

  • Celtic rose to second place in the Scottish Premiership with victory
  • Anthony Ralston and Cameron Carter-Vickers scored from set pieces
  • Jota then squared off for Kyogo Furuhashi to hit him from close range.


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Celtic had a riotous performance in the first half as they moved within two points of the Premiership-leading Rangers with a 3-1 win over Hibernian at Easter Road.

Tony Ralston, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Kyogo Furuhashi scored before the break to give Ange Postecoglou’s resurgent team a fifth straight win in all competitions. Meanwhile, Hibs was left licking his wounds after a fourth loss in a row.

Local coach Jack Ross made four changes to the defeated team in Aberdeen last weekend when Darren McGregor, Chris Cadden, Jamie Gullan and Lewis Stevenson all left and were replaced by Ryan Porteous, Alex Gogic, Jamie Murphy and Josh Doig.

Tony Ralston found room in the back post to nod on David Turnbull's free throw from six yards.

Tony Ralston found room in the back post to nod on David Turnbull’s free throw from six yards.

MATCH FACTS

Irish: Macey, McGinn, Porteous, Hanlon, Doig, Boyle, Doyle-Hayes, Gogic (Campbell 46), Newell, Murphy (Wright 76), Nisbet (Gullan 76).

Unused subs: Wood-Gordon, Stevenson, Dabrowski, Cadden.

Reserved: Gogic, Porteous.

Goals: Boyle 37.

Celtic: Hart, Ralston, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Juranovic, Rogic (Bitton 44), McGregor, Turnbull, Jota, Furuhashi (Abada 81), Johnston (Giakoumakis 66).

Unused subs: Ajeti, Bain, Montgomery, Wales.

Reserved: McGregor.

Goals: Ralston 10, Carter-Vickers 14, Furuhashi 30.

Att: 17,580

Referee: Don Robertson (Scotland).

Celtic made only one alteration from the side that beat St Johnstone on Saturday. Mikey Johnston came in for his first start of the season, with Georgios Giakoumakis falling to the bench.

Ralston made the first effort of the game in the fourth minute, but his 25-yard low shot harmlessly off Hibs’ goal.

However, the right-back fared better six minutes later when he found room at the back post to head off David Turnbull’s free throw from six yards.

Hibs nearly responded two minutes later when Martin Boyle threw a cross pass to Joe Newell, who burst into the far post, but the midfielder’s shot from close range was superbly blocked by goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Cameron Carter-Vickers pushed into Turnbull's corner from 10 yards to double his lead

Cameron Carter-Vickers pushed into Turnbull's corner from 10 yards to double his lead

Cameron Carter-Vickers pushed into Turnbull’s corner from 10 yards to double his lead

A minute later, Celtic scored from another set piece as Carter-Vickers went ahead of Porteous to stab Turnbull’s corner from 10 yards.

There should be more reason for the visitors to celebrate in the 20th minute when Johnston blocked a pass from Jota on Turnbull’s path, but the former Motherwell player shined tall and wide from a great position just inside the box.

Celtic were well up and the third goal came within half an hour when, after a good job by Tom Rogic, the ball broke Jota on the right and the Portuguese squared for Kyogo to make close blocks.

Hibs was in disarray and Matt Macey had to make a brilliant save to prevent Kyogo from scoring again after the Japanese fell behind.

Jota squared for Kyogo Furuhashi to tap from close range in the 30th minute.

Jota squared for Kyogo Furuhashi to tap from close range in the 30th minute.

Jota squared for Kyogo Furuhashi to tap from close range in the 30th minute.

The hosts snapped a game against the streak in the 36th minute when Newell’s corner was nodded, and both Boyle and Porteous claimed they had received the finishing touch.

Celtic suffered a blow just before the break when Rogic was forced to retire due to injury and was replaced by Nir Bitton.

Hibs spent much of the second half investigating to try to find another goal, but the closest they came was in the 75th minute when Jamie Murphy stepped back and was turned away by a brilliant save from Hart.

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