Once again, Kevin Nisbet proved to be a handful for Celtic with his performance at Easter Road on Saturday, and it’s fair to say he did his chances of a potential Parkhead move one day no harm at all.
The exciting young Scot managed to slam home a superb second goal for Hibs after easily getting away from Hoops star Nir Bitton midway through the second half. It was a hammer blow to Celtic, who could only manage to retrieve a draw right at the death thanks to Diego Laxalt.
Granted, for those who watched the first half, you may have wondered what all the fuss was about. Nisbet struggled to get the better of Bitton and Kris Ajer, and was often getting dominated by the Hoops defensive pair. So much so that he wasn’t a threat whatsoever in the first 45.
Hibs then started to have a go at us and started linking up more effectively with the former Dunfermline and Raith Rovers striker. All of a sudden he managed to get four dangerous attempts on goal with two of them on target – not bad for a domestic striker against Celtic.
Stat experts WhoScored gave Nisbet a ranking of 7.25/10, and you have to say that it’s fully justified given how much his movement caused us bother and kept Hibs up the pitch more than we would’ve liked – and even at times when we were chasing the game.
A tidy performance from Nisbet
The striker wasn’t dispossessed once, whilst he only managed to be beat by the offside trap on one occasion – showing maturity in playing against Celtic’s high line.
It followed Nisbet’s flashes at Celtic Park back in the 3-0 loss to the Hoops in September. He gave Shane Duffy one or two torrid moments as he got sight of goal before messing up his finish. He sorted that out on Saturday with an absolute bullet of a strike.
Granted, it’s going to take more than one goal against Celtic to eventually earn a move to Parkhead. Celtic don’t need any more centre-forwards at the moment and Nisbet still has plenty to learn at Hibs. Nobody should be expecting Neil Lennon to make his move for him in January.
With 10 goals to his name so far this season after his strike on Saturday, Celtic must allow him to finish the campaign and see how he performs after a full season in the Premiership (Transfermarkt).
However, after an even more impressive and enthusiastic display from Nisbet at the weekend compared to his Celtic Park showing in September, things continue to get brighter and brighter for him.