Celtic 2-0 Hibernian: Three most impressive performers

By David Walton

December 15, 2019

Celtic 2-0 Hibernian was the scoreline at Parkhead today as Neil Lennon’s side managed to overcome Jack Ross and his rejuvenated Hibees.

Jeremie Frimpong got the ball rolling in the first half before Odsonne Edouard nabbed number two with over 20 minutes to go. Hibs, despite starting well, failed to get the likes of Scott Allan and Stevie Mallan into the game enough.

Neil Lennon’s Celtic secured yet another Premiership win (Michael Steele/Getty Images)

For Celtic, this was a game that looked very much like an easy occasion to take the eye off the ball in. Fortunately, the Hoops continued to be relentless and put the Leith outfit to the sword.

Here, we take a look at the three who impressed the most as we regained our place at the top of the Premiership.

1. Jeremie Frimpong

You can’t not love this man. Fresh off of his first winner’s medal for the club, Frimpong was right back on it as the bread-and-butter of the Premiership resumed.

There were a couple of early scares as Martin Boyle found space down his right side. However, over the course of the 90 minutes he was a constant thorn down the flank. His overlapping runs created chances for Odsonne Edouard and Olivier Ntcham respectively.

Jeremie Frimpong continues to be unfazed by the challenges at Parkhead (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In addition, he managed to score the only goal of the game with a calm finish. It’s only his second for the club and summed up yet another energetic individual display for the Hoops. And, in perhaps the biggest positive for him, it’s his first-ever goal at Celtic Park.

The more he plays, the more he looks like he’s going to be our first-choice right-back for years to come. Another faultless display against Hibs from the youngster.

2. Scott Brown

Credit to Brown. Marshaled things well when the game started to get nervy. His protection of the back four limited Scott Allan’s influence on the game, with Stevie Mallan hardly getting any joy either.

Words can’t really describe how essential his role is in games like these. All Hibs needed was some space in the final third to cause us bother. Brown went about his work well and ensured there wasn’t much of that.

Scott Brown eased his way through another 90 minutes (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Spread the ball around with confidence and kept Hibs stretched with some of his passing. Nothing spectacular, but another captain-like performance from the skipper.

His ball-retention puts him up there too. Kept the ball better than Callum McGregor to make sure Hibs didn’t pick up on many scraps. Continues to be vital for the club on a weekly basis.

3. Kristoffer Ajer

The third choice is really up for grabs, but Kris Ajer deserves it for a heroic first-half challenge that arguably kept us ahead.

Jason Naismith weaved in after being put through from a Mallan cross-field pass. Had it not been for a last-ditch challenge from Ajer, we very well could’ve found ourselves 1-0 down. This felt like a game where we couldn’t have afforded that to happen.

Celtic would be a lot worse off without Kristoffer Ajer (Silvia Lore/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Was a tough shift for him this afternoon up against Florian Kamberi and Christian Doidge. Despite that, he showed good strength and dominance in the air to keep them quiet. Also played a key role for goal number two as well as he drove forward and played the ball out to Boli Bolingoli after initially winning it back.

Always a threatening attacking option for Celtic as his direct runs continue to create space for others. Remains an absolutely vital cog to how Neil Lennon’s team goes about its business. Another top performance, which is even more impressive considering he played 45 minutes in Cluj on Thursday.