The last Celtic side to beat Hibernian at Easter Road; where are they now?
Celtic will be hoping to overturn a rather astonishing run of form at Easter Road against Hibernian tomorrow.
The Bhoys, somewhat remarkably, haven’t beaten the Hibees at their Leith home since January 2014. It’s worth remembering that the “Cabbage” weren’t in the top flight for a couple of seasons, but even Brendan Rodgers couldn’t pick up three points at Easter Road.
Ange Postecoglou, on current form, looks like good value to break this unwanted streak. With Kyogo, Jota and now Giorgos Giakoumakis on goal-scoring form, another win on the road would represent the improvement being made under the much-loved Bhoys boss.
But let’s, for a moment, go back in time. Who played for Celtic in our last away win against Hibs [BBC]?
Goalkeeping colossus, La Gran Muralla, Fraser Forster was between the sticks and kept a clean sheet in Celtic’s last away win over Hibs.
He subsequently signed for Southampton in August 2014 [BBC], with the Bhoys making a sizeable profit on the lanky English shot-stopper. His initial run with the Saints was good, even getting into the England team, but high-profile mistakes cost him his number 1 jersey.
He returned to Celtic in 19-20, winning a treble and making outrageous stops in the Europa League and Betfred Cup Final. He’s still at Southampton now, but he’s only made 2 cup appearances thus far [Transfermarkt].
An interesting one, this. It looked as if Darnell Fisher was well-placed to be a Celt for quite a while, but the 13-14 season was as good as it got for the Englishman.
In what looked like a break-out season, Fisher made 12 league appearances that season, including this one against Hibernian. However, when Mikael Lustig returned to the side after injury woes, Fisher was back on the bench, before returning to the Development side in late 2014.
He signed for Rotherham in 2016, but since became a mainstay for Preston North End. He’s now at Middlesbrough, having signed for an “undisclosed fee” in the January of this year [BBC].
A cult hero in the truest sense, Ambrose divided supporters somewhat. But those who were in his camp absolutely loved him. A likeable guy by all accounts, the African Cup of Nations winner made 169 appearances for the Bhoys [Transfermarkt].
Clearly, he likes Scotland. Since moving on from Celtic in 2017, he’s played for Hibernian, Livingston and now, St Johnstone.
Virgil van Dijk
For a time, the most expensive defender in the world. Virgil van Dijk was was another Celtic talent snapped up by Southampton, but a year after Fraser Forster.
Suffice it to say, he did alright. Accolades, a £75m move to Liverpool and Champions League and Premier League medal followed.
He’s done not bad.
Lovable Honduran left-back Emilio Izaguirre was a Celtic regular before a young whipper-snapper called Kieran Tierney made the position his own.
Before that though, he was outstanding. He won a treble of individual honours in 2010-11, while also filling his trophy cabinet with 7 Scottish Premiership titles, 3 Scottish Cups and 2 League Cups for good measure over two spells with Celtic.
He’s currently at C.D. Marathón in Honduras, still playing at 35.
Now at Aberdeen after a remarkable spell in the Hoops. Signed in 2007 by Gordon Strachan, Broony became an icon at Celtic, winning 10 league titles, 6 Scottish Cups and 7 League Cups.
An inspirational leader, Brown left in the summer to join Stephen Glass in the North East. The Dons beat Hibs at the weekend, after a dismal spell of form.
One of the absolute greats, and a living Celtic legend.
Welsh hero Joe Ledley was an inspired signing for Celtic. Tipped to join the Premier League from Cardiff City, his boyhood club, it was quite a coup when the Hoops landed the midfielder in 2010.
All in, he made 157 appearances for Celtic, and was solid in each of them. Seriously, can you remember Ledley having a properly bad game? I can’t.
A fixture for some big moments, including title wins and huge European nights, Ledley was a fan favourite. There was sadness, then, when he moved to Crystal Palace in 2014. That was followed by spells with Derby County, Charlton Athletic, Newcastle Jets in Australia, and most recently Newport County. He’s currently without a club.
The brilliantly-coiffed Charlie Mulgrew has had quite the career, but it’d be fair to say he was in his peak years when he was at Celtic.
Endlessly versatile and an absolute threat from set-pieces, former Scotland international Mulgrew could be played at left-back, centre-back, left midfield or more centrally. Although you could probably ask him to play in goals and he’d do it.
He’s now at Dundee United, after several years in England. During his more recent stint down south, he played for Blackburn Rovers, Wigan and Fleetwood Town. He also works as a pundit.
Yep, that’s how long Nir Bitton has been at Celtic. He’s the only man on this list so far who’s still at the club.
An Israeli international, the occasionally temperamental Bitton has had a strange sort of time at the club. Signed as a defensive midfielder, he’s been utilised at centre-back to varying degrees of effectiveness.
Smart on the ball, and capable of dictating the tempo, Bitton was most recently utilised against Aberdeen in his natural position, and had a decent time of it.
Still a useful option.
Kris Commons – scored twice for Celtic against Hibs at Easter Road
The player to pundit timeline has seen its share of successes. Ask Chris Sutton, or Gary Lineker.
Kris Common, it’s fair to say, isn’t nearly as popular as either. Not least because he recently ruled his former club out of the title race, saying it could be over by Hallowe’en [Daily Record].
That’s a shame, because he was an excellent Celtic player. The former Derby County man scored a sensational 89 goals for the Bhoys, setting up a whopping 72, just because.
Unfortunately, injuries got the better of Commons’ later years. He left Celtic in 2017.
If Giorgos Giakoumakis wants to be our favourite ever Greek striker, he’ll know the precedent very well indeed.
Samaras was occasionally frustrating, but often brilliant. A player who raised his game on the big occasions, the Greek striker scored 71 goals for Celtic, including strikes against Rangers, Spartak Moscow and this absolute beauty to rescue three points against Aberdeen.
A total gamble, given his form for Manchester City, Samaras ended up being an inspired signing by Gordon Strachan. The 13-14 season would be his last at Celtic, moving to West Bromwich Albion in the summer of 2014. After that, he had spells with Rayo OKC, Zaragoza and Samsunspor.
He’s now the president of OFI Crete.
The used subs for Celtic against Hibernian at Easter Road in January 2014
Teemu Pukki got on the scoresheet late on make it 3-0 for the Bhoys. It never really worked out for him at Celtic, but now he’s a hero for both Norwich City and Finland.
Stefan Johansen made his debut in this game, after a move from Stromsgodset in January 2014. He would go on to win Celtic’s Player of the Year for 14-15 [Celtic FC]. Currently at QPR.
Amido Balde had a brief stay at Celtic and has since had more clubs than Rory McIlroy. He’s played for Metz, Benfica Luanda, Maritimo, Tondela, FK Kukësi, Al-Nasr Benghazi, Persebaya, PSM Makassar and Ho Chi Minh City FC. He’s been without a club since last August.