Celtic’s 100% record in the Premiership came to an end as the Hoops were held to a 1-1 draw by Hibernian at Easter Road.
The Hoops went 1-0 down early on when a Christian Doidge shot was deflected past Fraser Forster after only eight minutes. Celtic equalised in the 24th minute when Moritz Bauer’s excellent cross was headed home by Ryan Christie for his 11th goal of the season.
Celtic searched for the winner in the second-half, and were denied a good penalty shout after Lewis Stevenson looked to catch Ryan Christie’s leg in the penalty box, and Christopher Jullien headed over the bar from a free-kick in what looked to be a very good chance. Bauer also looked to be denied a penalty in the second-half.
Towards the end of the game Callum McGregor had a shot saved and Jonny Hayes put an effort over the bar as Celtic dropped points in the league for the first time this season.
Here are how the Celtic players rated:
Fraser Forster – 6
Didn’t have a lot to do, but made a very good save from a Stevie Mallan shot. Didn’t have a chance with the own goal, which wrong-footed the goalkeeper. Still, can be satistfied with his performance as he continues his second spell with the Hoops.
Moritz Bauer – 6
Highlight of the game was a superb cross which led to Ryan Christie’s equaliser. Had a decent game aside from that, but his final ball could have better at times. As yet the Hoops have not taken advantage of his long throws into the penalty box.
Kristoffer Ajer – 5
Didn’t have his best game in a Celtic jersey. Was unlucky with the penalty, and was booked in the first-half. In a slightly poor run of form at the moment, which hopefully he recovers from soon as when he is on his game he is one of Celtic’s best players.
Christopher Jullien – 7
Was solid in defence as his very good run of form continues. His only regret will be not finding the back of the net in the second-half with a header that went over the bar. Still Celtic’s best defender on the day and at this rate could well be one of the contenders for player of the year.
Boli Bolingoli – 6
Recovered from a poor first-half to be a focal point of the Hoops attack in the second-half, as he played on the left-wing. Like so many of his team-mates though he found it difficult to break down the Hibs defence, and his final ball wasn’t the best.
Scott Brown – 6
An up and down game for the Celtic captain. Was booked which limited some of his game, but drove Celtic on incessantly in the second-half as the Hoops went for the winning goal. His battle with Scott Allan could in the end be described as a draw.
Callum McGregor – 5
Playing like a player who is in need of a rest. Had plenty of the ball, but found it difficult to dominate the game like he can when he is at his best. Came close to a winning goal with a shot that was saved, but that was as good as it got for McGregor.
James Forrest – 5
Not his best performance for the Hoops. Seemed to take too many touches on the ball at times, when it could have been easier to have a shot on goal. Like so many of his team-mates, he found it hard to break down the ranks of the Hibs defence. Will undeniably have better days for the Hoops.
Olivier Ntcham – 6
Started the game after a run of good form, but seemed to find himself on the margins of the game. Played in a more advanced role and had some good link-up play, but didn’t have as much of an impact as he would have liked. Was booked in the first-half, and was substituted in the second-half.
Ryan Christie – 8
Celtic’s best player on the day. His headed equaliser was a superb goal. Was at the heart of everything that was good about Celtic on the day. Perhaps the only blemish were his set pieces, but unlike some of his team-mates he was excellent at Easter Road.
Odsonne Edouard – 6
Not as influential as he would have liked to have been in the game. Was always involved in the game, but didn’t have any real chances for the Hoops. Probably came closest to scoring with a header over the bar just before he was replaced by Vakoun Issouf Bayo.
Jonny Hayes (4) – missed an excellent chance to win the game for the Hoops that he put over the bar, Vakoun Issouf Bayo (3) – also missed a decent chance which he blazed over the bar, whilst Scott Sinclair (2) – was on too late to have real impact on the game.