Hibernian 1-2 Celtic: Champions restore three-point lead at top with Adam Idah double

Adam Idah scored two penalties on his first start for Celtic

Adam Idah completed his penalty double with a 92nd-minute winner as Celtic snatched a dramatic victory over Hibernian to restore their three-point lead at the Scottish Premiership summit.

The on-loan Norwich striker opened the scoring inside 10 minutes on his first start after Nectarios Triantis clashed heads with Alistair Johnston to concede his second spot-kick in as many games.

However, as has so often been the case this season, it appeared Celtic’s profligacy would cost them, as Dylan Levitt spectacularly hauled the home side level with a sensational strike from the edge of the box.

But Idah was again given the opportunity from the penalty spot – against the run of play – as Kyogo Furuhashi was judged to be fouled by Joe Newell inside the box after VAR intervention.

Nick Montgomery’s side threw everything they could at Celtic late on, but ultimately remain in seventh spot and their winless run extends to seven games.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrated a first win at Easter Road at the fifth attempt as his side regained their gap over Rangers, who have a game in hand.

Rodgers batted away any suggestion pre-match there has been a change in style since he took charge for a second time, instead highlighting the different “level of player” at his disposal.

The visitors’ speedy and slick start was synonymous with the version of Celtic the Northern Irishman insists is still in action. They had the hosts camped into their own box and overpowered in the early stages – the opener never felt far away.

After a debut to forget on Saturday, Hibs’ Triantis experienced more misery after nastily colliding with Johnston in the aftermath of a corner.

The Canada international could not continue and departed on a stretcher as Idah coolly rewarded his manager’s faith in him. He could have had another from a wonderful delivery by Johnston’s replacement, Anthony Ralston, but his first touch just let him down.

It appeared that was also the case for Hibs forward Elie Youan as he ballooned a glorious opportunity high into the Leith sky, but replays showed a brilliant block from Liam Scales.

It took until the 59th minute for Hibs to register their first shot on target, but what a way to do so as Levitt magnificently drilled his side level with a stunning strike.

The champions were on the ropes and rattled, with substitute Myziane Maolida causing havoc. His audacious overhead kick called Joe Hart into a punch before Lewis Miller’s follow-up effort flew inches wide.

It seemed there would only be one winner. But then substitute Kyogo had his say. The Japan international nipped in front of the otherwise impressive Newell to earn his side a second penalty.

Idah, 22, went the other way to his first spot-kick, but the result was the same and he earned Celtic a potentially priceless win.

Player of the match – Alexandro Bernabei (Celtic)

Alexandro Bernabei and Martin Boyle
He didn’t score two penalties and he may have lost possession on a few occasions, but the left-back competed and won the most duels, enjoyed a mountain of dribbling up and down the wing and put in an all-round tireless performance

More to follow.

Line-ups

Hibernian

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Miller
  • 5FishBooked at 51mins
  • 23Triantis
  • 21Obita
  • 11NewellBooked at 90mins
  • 10BoyleBooked at 62mins
  • 30Moriah-WelshBooked at 45mins
  • 6LevittSubstituted forAmosat 68′minutes
  • 7YouanSubstituted forda Veiga Vieira Tavaresat 90+3′minutes
  • 9VenteSubstituted forMaolidaat 59′minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Wollacott
  • 14Mayenda
  • 15Amos
  • 16Stevenson
  • 17Maolida
  • 19Le Fondre
  • 29da Veiga Vieira Tavares
  • 35Molotnikov
  • 42Megwa

Celtic

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Hart
  • 2JohnstonSubstituted forRalstonat 9′minutes
  • 57WelshBooked at 59minsSubstituted forNawrockiat 66′minutes
  • 5Scales
  • 25BernabéiBooked at 78mins
  • 33O’Riley
  • 42McGregor
  • 28Gonçalves BernardoSubstituted forFuruhashiat 71′minutes
  • 10KühnSubstituted forAbadaat 65′minutes
  • 9Idah
  • 38MaedaSubstituted forPalmaat 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Palma
  • 8Furuhashi
  • 11Abada
  • 15Holm
  • 17Nawrocki
  • 29Bain
  • 39Vata
  • 48Kelly
  • 56Ralston

Referee:
Nick Walsh

Attendance:
18,303

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Player of the match

Jair TavaresJair Tavares

Hibernian

  1. Squad number29Player nameJair Tavares

  2. Squad number9Player nameVente

  3. Squad number1Player nameMarshall

  4. Squad number2Player nameMiller

  5. Squad number11Player nameNewell

  6. Squad number6Player nameLevitt

  7. Squad number5Player nameFish

  8. Squad number23Player nameTriantis

  9. Squad number17Player nameMaolida

  10. Squad number21Player nameObita

  11. Squad number30Player nameMoriah-Welsh

  12. Squad number10Player nameBoyle

  13. Squad number7Player nameYouan

  14. Squad number15Player nameAmos

Celtic

  1. Squad number1Player nameHart

  2. Squad number9Player nameIdah

  3. Squad number38Player nameMaeda

  4. Squad number5Player nameScales

  5. Squad number56Player nameRalston

  6. Squad number42Player nameMcGregor

  7. Squad number33Player nameO’Riley

  8. Squad number8Player nameFuruhashi

  9. Squad number57Player nameWelsh

  10. Squad number28Player namePaulo Bernardo

  11. Squad number25Player nameBernabéi

  12. Squad number17Player nameNawrocki

  13. Squad number2Player nameJohnston

  14. Squad number10Player nameKühn

  15. Squad number7Player namePalma

  16. Squad number11Player nameAbada

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