Hibernian's Glenn Middleton: We should've beaten Celtic

By David Walton

October 1, 2019

Hibernian’s on-loan Rangers winger Glenn Middleton has stated his side should’ve beaten Celtic on Saturday.

The Hoops bossed the Easter Road side for long spells and had 20 shots to their three. The likes of Ryan Christie, Callum McGregor, Christopher Jullien, and Vakoun Issouf Bayo all had chances to take the points for Celtic too. Hibs, meanwhile, created next to nothing outside of their fluke goal.

Christian Doidge’s cross spun off Kristoffer Ajer to give Paul Heckingbottom’s side a shock lead. Celtic responded quickly however through a fine Christie header. Neil Lennon’s side were also denied two stonewall penalties, but they didn’t get the luck their dominance deserved.

Neil Lennon’s Celtic deserved more on Saturday (Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

But despite all of that, Middleton told the Scottish Sun that he and his teammates believe they didn’t get everything they deserved from the game.

“It was a big result for us against Celtic after a tough week. Everyone left everything out there on the pitch and we got a little of what we deserved.

“Obviously, we’re happy with the point, but at the same time, we definitely feel we should have won the game. We had chances, but there were things that didn’t go our way.

“Hopefully we’ll put that right this week. It’s up to us to build on this now and this week is a very big game to go and do that in.”

The facts are there Glenn

We get it. There’s two sides to every story. Football matches are no different either. One side believes they deserved to take the points, whilst the other can’t understand how it wasn’t their team that won it.

However, the dominance from Celtic was there for everyone to see. Hibs couldn’t lay a glove on Fraser Forster’s goal. They had their moments to counter, mostly through Scott Allan, but they didn’t create anything and lacked a final ball when they did occasionally get forward.

Glenn Middleton caused Celtic no problems going forward (Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Hibs dug in and got tight to Celtic’s flair players in the second half. However, in the first 45, it was only down to James Forrest’s failure to get going that let Hibs off the hook. On plenty of occasions he was found in space down the left but just couldn’t click into gear.

As mentioned already, Hibs were fiesty in spells throughout the contest. The likes of Allan, Middleton, and Daryl Horgan got physical in the second-half. It did, to an extent, seem to throw us off a tad.

Celtic left Easter Road feeling aggrieved (Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

But nobody can watch that football match and claim Celtic deserved to lose it. It was another decent performance from Lenny’s team, and on another day it would’ve been a comfortable win.

Hibs, as always, made life difficult for us. But did they deserve the win? Let’s not insult our own intelligence – they barely deserved a point.