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Georgios Samaras challenges David Stephens unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graham Stack.
James Forrest sends in a cross, clearance by Isaiah Osbourne.
Victor Palsson comes on in place of Leigh Griffiths.
Anthony Stokes produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
Mark Wilson takes a shot. David Wotherspoon gets a block in.
Ivan Sproule produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
A cross is delivered by Mark Wilson.
Gary Hooper leaves the field to be replaced by Georgios Samaras.
Corner taken by Leigh Griffiths from the left by-line, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.
The ball is crossed by Anthony Stokes.
Paul Hanlon concedes a free kick for a foul on James Forrest. Free kick taken by Mark Wilson.
The ball is sent over by Gary Hooper, save made by Graham Stack.
Matt Thornhill joins the action as a substitute, replacing Garry O'Connor.
Ivan Sproule on for Junior Agogo.
Isaiah Osbourne challenges Mark Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.
Garry O'Connor has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Daniel Galbraith by Victor Wanyama results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sean O'Hanlon.
Victor Wanyama comes on in place of Beram Kayal.
(Celtic) makes a substitution, with Patrick McCourt coming on for Sung-Yeung Ki.
A cross is delivered by Sung-Yeung Ki, Paul Hanlon makes a clearance.
Drilled left-footed shot by Garry O'Connor. Save by Fraser Forster.
Paul Hanlon challenges James Forrest unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from right wing.
Daniel Galbraith takes a shot. Fraser Forster makes a save.
The ball is swung over by Anthony Stokes, Graham Stack makes a save.
Foul by Isaiah Osbourne on Adam Matthews, free kick awarded. Isaiah Osbourne shown a yellow card. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.
James Forrest takes a shot.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sung-Yeung Ki by Lewis Stevenson. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by David Wotherspoon, save by Fraser Forster.
Beram Kayal gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Galbraith. Direct free kick taken by David Stephens.
The ball is sent over by Leigh Griffiths, save made by Fraser Forster.
Leigh Griffiths takes a shot from long range which goes wide left of the goal.
Anthony Stokes sends in a cross, save by Graham Stack.
Adam Matthews fouled by Isaiah Osbourne, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Ledley.
Centre by James Forrest, David Stephens manages to make a clearance.
Daniel Galbraith challenges James Forrest unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Wilson.
Mark Wilson crosses the ball, save by Graham Stack.
Leigh Griffiths delivers the ball, Joe Ledley manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths from the left by-line, clearance made by Charlie Mulgrew.
Daniel Galbraith takes a shot. Mark Wilson gets a block in.
Shot from just outside the area by Leigh Griffiths misses to the right of the target.
Charlie Mulgrew challenges Garry O'Connor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Wotherspoon.
Unfair challenge on Garry O'Connor by Sung-Yeung Ki results in a free kick. Daniel Galbraith has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Fraser Forster.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Mulgrew by Leigh Griffiths. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Mark Wilson fouled by Leigh Griffiths, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Rogne.
Sung-Yeung Ki produces a cross, Sean O'Hanlon manages to make a clearance.
Paul Hanlon produces a cross.
James Forrest takes a shot. Graham Stack makes a save.
Corner taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths from the left by-line, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.
Garry O'Connor concedes a free kick for a foul on Beram Kayal. Mark Wilson takes the free kick.
Gary Hooper has an effort at goal from close in that hits the post.
Leigh Griffiths is ruled offside. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.
Garry O'Connor has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Mark Wilson crosses the ball, David Wotherspoon makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Adam Matthews.
Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Graham Stack makes a save.
A cross is delivered by James Forrest.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Matthews by Junior Agogo. Direct free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.
Paul Hanlon concedes a free kick for a foul on James Forrest. Mark Wilson takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Anthony Stokes, save made by Graham Stack.
Foul by James Forrest on Leigh Griffiths, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.
The referee blows for offside. Thomas Rogne takes the indirect free kick.
Sean O'Hanlon challenges Anthony Stokes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Charlie Mulgrew from the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Mark Wilson, David Stephens makes a clearance.
Centre by Mark Wilson, blocked by Paul Hanlon.
Sung-Yeung Ki sends in a cross, David Stephens makes a clearance.
Foul by Beram Kayal on Daniel Galbraith, free kick awarded. Daniel Galbraith crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.
Centre by Paul Hanlon, clearance made by Charlie Mulgrew.
The ball is sent over by Daniel Galbraith, Charlie Mulgrew makes a clearance.
Foul by Thomas Rogne on Garry O'Connor, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Daniel Galbraith.
Anthony Stokes takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Graham Stack.
Sung-Yeung Ki fouled by Lewis Stevenson, the ref awards a free kick. Sung-Yeung Ki restarts play with the free kick.
Lennon enjoys the pressure
Neil Lennon claims he "really enjoyed" the recent and deepest crisis of his managerial career.
The Celtic boss had contemplated the implications of defeat by Kilmarnock at Rugby Park a fortnight ago, as he made his way up the tunnel at the interval 3-0 down and with the prospect of falling 13 points behind Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Rangers.
However, an inspirational half-time team talk saw the visitors storm back for a point and, with St Mirren scoring a late equaliser against the champions at Ibrox, the pressure on the Irishman was alleviated.
The Hoops have subsequently drawn 1-1 in their Europa League Group I game in Rennes and beaten Aberdeen 2-1 in the SPL before thrashing Hibernian 4-1 at Easter Road on Wednesday to book their place in the Scottish Communities League Cup semi-final.
Celtic remain 10 points adrift of the Ibrox men but in much better fettle ahead of the visit of Hibs in the SPL.
Lennon insists he thrived during his tricky period.
"I've really enjoyed it, believe it or not," he said. "It was a different period in my managerial career that I had to get through and I enjoyed that challenge.
"All managers get tested and it's a question of your own character, how you handle it and how you get through it.
"I don't really take notice of the criticism.
"I am aware of it. I don't take it personally but you wouldn't be a human being if it didn't irk you a little bit.
"Results being the way they were, you are open to criticism but I knew that anyway.
"I thought we started well against Kilmarnock and then we conceded three goals in 10 or 15 minutes.
"Now that has not happened to me before and that was a real test for me and, on the back of less than great results previously, I was asking a lot of questions of myself.
"I got the response I was looking for at Kilmarnock and since then there has been a gradual improvement, not only in performances but in the spirit of the squad.
"I'm not saying we are through the woods yet, there is still a lot of work to be done.
"But I have enjoyed seeing the team try to turn things around and I have enjoyed that difficult side of it."
Charlie Mulgrew and Georgios Samaras return to the squad.
The Hoops stand-in skipper and the Greece striker have both recovered from ankle problems.
Defender Glenn Loovens (hamstring) and Kris Commons (calf) are out for another week while Mo Bangura is out for another fortnight with his knee complaint.
Meanwhile, captain Ian Murray maintains Hibernian are capable of confounding their critics and enjoying a strong campaign.
Hibs travel to Parkhead for their second game in four days against Celtic.
The Bhoys claimed a come-from-behind 4-1 Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-final win at Easter Road on Wednesday, leaving Hibs to turn to an SPL campaign which has so far yielded 12 points from 12 games.
Murray believes Colin Calderwood's men have had some bright moments - winning at St Mirren last weekend and coming back from 3-1 down to draw with Dundee United - and must focus on the positives as they bid to climb from ninth in the table.
Murray said: "We get a lot of negative, bad press when things are going against us.
"We don't really get to highlight the good points - like St Mirren, when it went 2-1 against.
"We have shown battling qualities in the last 12 months and put in some stout performances.
"I just feel sometimes we don't get the praise we deserve. It's not a big thing, because inside we know what we're doing, we know what we're aiming towards, we're working really hard.
"It's just disappointing sometimes on the outside people want to shoot us down.
"It's something we deal with, we'll get on with it, and hopefully we can prove everyone wrong and get ourselves up the table."
Murray is a doubt for the match with a niggling groin/hip injury.
Hoops frustrated by Hibs
Celtic dropped 12 points behind leaders Rangers in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League after a lacklustre display in their goalless draw against Hibernian at Parkhead.
Gary Hooper and James Forrest both hit the woodwork for the home side, but it was an afternoon of frustration against a side the Hoops had beaten 4-1 in the Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-finals in midweek.
With Rangers winning 2-1 against Aberdeen at Pittodrie earlier in the day, Celtic's title hopes took another battering and although they have a game in hand, the fans who booed them off at the end will have little faith in the Parkhead men recovering.
Celtic turn their attention to the Europa League and the visit of Rennes on Thursday night and manager Neil Lennon will wonder just what he will get from his team, who have showed the best and worst of themselves in recent games.
Certainly there can be no complaint about the result as Hibs were more than worthy of a point.
As expected, Charlie Mulgrew was restored to the Celtic defence after recovering from an ankle injury as Daniel Majstorovic dropped to the bench, although right-back Mark Wilson kept the captain's armband.
Hibs boss Colin Calderwood made four changes to the side which had been so outplayed in the second half in midweek.
Goalkeeper Graham Stack, Sean O'Hanlon, Danny Galbraith and Lewis Stevenson came in for Mark Brown, Ian Murray, Victor Palsson and Ivan Sproule.
The game was something of a slow burner. In the ninth minute Hoops goalkeeper Fraser Forster had to race outside his box to head clear and thwart Leigh Griffiths.
Moments later Stokes had a drive from the edge of the box saved by Stack at the second attempt.
In the 27th minute there was a moment of excitement when Hibs left-back Paul Hanlon slipped, allowing Stokes to get away down the right, but when the Irishman's driven cross came into the box it bounced off Hooper and went straight to Stack.
Celtic stepped up the pace momentarily and Stokes drove into the box from the other wing but his low angled drive was blocked by Stack.
It was not vintage Celtic by any standards but in the 36th minute Hooper worked a clever one-two with Stokes at the edge of the box to leave him through against the Hibs keeper.
However, although the Englishman's right-footed shot beat Stack, the ball flicked the outside of the post and went wide.
Forrest, who had scored twice in the midweek win in Leith, came to life five minutes from the break with a decent right-footed effort from distance which drew a good save from Stack, with no Celtic player close enough to take advantage of the loose ball.
Two minutes after the break, after midfielder Ki Sung-yueng had fouled Gary O'Connor 30 yards from goal, Forster was called in to action to save Galbraith's free-kick, which was too straight to cause real concern.
Mulgrew fouled O'Connor closer to goal in the 49th minute as the striker drove at the box, and this time Griffiths sent a volley just past the post after taking a short pass from David Wotherspoon
Griffiths then caused more problems as he slipped past Mulgrew on the byline and his cut-back found Galbraith, whose drive was deflected for a corner which Celtic nervously survived.
The Easter Road side were working their way up the pitch far too often and too easily for the home fans, who let their feelings be known.
In the 64th minute Forrest made space for himself 25 yards out and his shot beat Stack but clipped the top of the bar on the way over.
In the 71st minute Lennon replaced Ki with Paddy McCourt and Beram Kayal with Victor Wanyama, before Sproule replaced Junior Agogo and Matthew Thornhill came on for O'Connor.
Still, Celtic could not get on top and with seven minutes remaining Georgios Samaras replaced Hooper, but in the 87th minute it was Sproule who came close with a drive from the edge of the box after stepping inside Mark Wilson with some ease.
In the closing stages Stokes drove wide from 20 yards with an unconvincing effort which summed up the Hoops performance.
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