skip to content
Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Galbraith from the right by-line, Thomas Rogne makes a clearance.
The referee brings the game to a close.
Charlie Mulgrew decides to take a short corner.
Corner taken short by Charlie Mulgrew.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew played to the near post, Daniel Majstorovic takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Thicot. Charlie Mulgrew takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Steven Thicot manages to make a clearance.
Charlie Mulgrew crosses the ball. Kurtis Byrne fouled by Thomas Rogne, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Derek Riordan.
Joe Ledley fouled by Ian Murray, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Majstorovic takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Ian Murray by Joe Ledley results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Murray.
The referee blows for offside against James Forrest. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.
Charlie Mulgrew takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Paul Hanlon.
Kurtis Byrne on for Merouane Zemmama.
Charlie Mulgrew on for Patrick McCourt. Daniel Galbraith produces a cross, Fraser Forster makes a save. The offside flag is raised against Anthony Stokes. Francis Dickoh takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Joe Ledley goes over the target.
Corner taken by Patrick McCourt from the left by-line to the near post, Kevin McBride makes a clearance.
Fredrik Ljungberg on for Gary Hooper. Corner taken by Emilio Izaguirre from the right by-line to the near post, Paul Hanlon manages to make a clearance.
(Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Kevin McBride coming on for David Wotherspoon.
Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Blocked by Francis Dickoh. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Wilson from the left by-line, clearance by Francis Dickoh.
Merouane Zemmama takes the outswinging corner, Francis Dickoh takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
Edwin De Graaf leaves the field to be replaced by Darryl Duffy.
Beram Kayal leaves the field to be replaced by Joe Ledley.
Anthony Stokes finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Hibernian 0-3 Celtic.Patrick McCourt takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Emilio Izaguirre, assist by Emilio Izaguirre.
Unfair challenge on Merouane Zemmama by Mark Wilson results in a free kick. Strike comes in from Merouane Zemmama from the free kick. Inswinging corner taken by Merouane Zemmama from the left by-line. The ball is delivered by Merouane Zemmama.
Mark Wilson challenges Merouane Zemmama unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Merouane Zemmama from the free kick. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Merouane Zemmama,
A cross is delivered by David Wotherspoon. A cross is delivered by Steven Thicot, clearance by Daniel Majstorovic.
Derek Riordan is caught offside. Daniel Majstorovic takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Beram Kayal. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Daniel Galbraith. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Daniel Galbraith is adjudged to have handled the ball. The ball is sent over by Patrick McCourt, Anthony Stokes has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
Caution for Derek Riordan. Free kick awarded for a foul by Edwin De Graaf on Beram Kayal. Mark Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
Edwin De Graaf challenges Beram Kayal unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Emilio Izaguirre.
Unfair challenge on Beram Kayal by Merouane Zemmama results in a free kick. Daniel Majstorovic takes the direct free kick.
Lewis Stevenson receives a yellow card. Anthony Stokes scores a penalty. Hibernian 0-2 Celtic.Anthony Stokes fouled by Lewis Stevenson, the ref awards a Penalty.
Emilio Izaguirre takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Daniel Majstorovic takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Merouane Zemmama on Beram Kayal. Scott Brown takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Anthony Stokes. Paul Hanlon takes the free kick.
The match restarts for the second half.
The referee calls an end to the first half.
Gary Hooper gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hibernian 0-1 Celtic.Assist by Anthony Stokes.
Beram Kayal takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown.
Unfair challenge on Beram Kayal by Edwin De Graaf results in a free kick. A cross is delivered by Mark Wilson, Header by Daniel Majstorovic from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Beram Kayal by Edwin De Graaf. Beram Kayal takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Derek Riordan, comfortable save by Fraser Forster.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Derek Riordan on Mark Wilson. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Francis Dickoh, Daniel Majstorovic makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on David Wotherspoon by Emilio Izaguirre results in a free kick. Steven Thicot takes the direct free kick.
The official flags Gary Hooper offside. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.
Emilio Izaguirre takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown.
The official flags Daniel Majstorovic offside. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.
Edwin De Graaf receives a yellow card. Emilio Izaguirre fouled by Edwin De Graaf, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Wilson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by David Wotherspoon.
The referee cautions Beram Kayal for unsporting behaviour. Beram Kayal challenges Ian Murray unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Merouane Zemmama from right channel, save by Fraser Forster.
Scott Brown is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Mark Brown restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Mark Wilson.
Derek Riordan is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
Merouane Zemmama concedes a free kick for a foul on Beram Kayal. Free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
Daniel Galbraith is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Wilson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Galbraith by Beram Kayal. Direct free kick taken by Ian Murray.
The ball is swung over by Anthony Stokes, Francis Dickoh manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Merouane Zemmama on Scott Brown. Scott Brown takes the free kick. Foul by David Wotherspoon on Beram Kayal, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Wilson from left channel, save made by Mark Brown.
Daniel Majstorovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Merouane Zemmama. Strike on goal comes in from Derek Riordan from the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Beram Kayal by David Wotherspoon results in a free kick. Daniel Majstorovic takes the direct free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Derek Riordan. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
The ball is sent over by Mark Wilson, clearance made by Edwin De Graaf.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Francis Dickoh on Gary Hooper. Emilio Izaguirre restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Lewis Stevenson, save by Fraser Forster.
The ball is sent over by David Wotherspoon.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Beram Kayal on Daniel Galbraith. Free kick crossed right-footed by Derek Riordan, Beram Kayal manages to make a clearance.
Steven Thicot challenges Patrick McCourt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Majstorovic takes the direct free kick.
David Wotherspoon has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
The match begins.
Wotherspoon - Hibs determined to turn corner
David Wotherspoon says Hibernian are determined to climb out of their current slump and will approach Saturday's clash with Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Celtic in a positive frame of mind.
Hibs won at Rangers and against Motherwell in November, but have endured a winless run of six league games since and drew 0-0 with Irn-Bru Second Division side Ayr in the Scottish Cup last weekend.
"We're just not getting good results - it's as simple as that," said Wotherspoon.
"We're not hitting the top of our form, but the boys are showing the effort and desire to get there.
"I think we will eventually and hopefully that starts from Saturday.
"We're upset ourselves the way we play sometimes, but we're trying to do our best for the fans and for ourselves.
"We're trying harder with every game to try and get that victory."
Hibs are 10th at present, but Celtic had to rely on a late penalty to draw 1-1 at bottom club Hamilton on Wednesday night, showing how competitive the league can be.
Wotherspoon took confidence from the 3-0 win at Ibrox and insisted it is up to the Hibs squad to front up against Celtic.
Wotherspoon, who will be 21 on Sunday, added: "The boys seem to raise their game against the big two.
"We'll go out there with a positive mindset, take the game to them and hopefully get a few goals.
"We've shown that we can play well against a big team, so we'll go out there and hopefully put on a performance.
"We've been training pretty well, we had a bounce game midweek (against Newcastle) and played pretty well.
"We're just looking forward to the game on Saturday."
The win at Rangers came in Colin Calderwood's fourth game in charge, but since then Hibs have drawn twice and lost on four occasions in the league, giving the manager a record of two wins, three draws and seven defeats in 12 games.
Liam Miller is suspended as Hibs take on his former club.
The midfielder will serve the first of a two-match ban for accumulating disciplinary points, while Hibs are also without Jonathan Grounds after he was recalled from his loan deal by Middlesbrough.
Michael Hart missed last week's Scottish Cup draw with Ayr but may return from a knock, while Derek Riordan is expected to be fit despite picking up a knock against the Irn-Bru Second Division side.
Celtic winger Paddy McCourt is relishing taking on Hibernian at the end of a difficult week which saw him sent bullets in the post.
Strathclyde Police are carrying out an investigation after a package containing bullets and addressed to McCourt at Celtic Park was discovered by Royal Mail workers in the east end of Glasgow on Tuesday.
Bullets sent to Niall McGinn and Celtic boss Neil Lennon last week were detected by postal workers in Mallusk, County Antrim. All three packages were posted in Northern Ireland.
Asked if the events of this week had impacted on him, McCourt replied: "No, not at all."
Celtic travel to Easter Road at the top of the SPL, five points ahead of Rangers, but having played three games more.
Lennon's side drew 1-1 at bottom club Hamilton on Wednesday night, but are aware they are facing a 10th-placed Hibs team at a low ebb.
McCourt added: "Hibs are under-achieving. They've got a good squad of players and I don't think anyone can put their finger on why they're so low in the league.
"But I'm sure they'll be going out on Saturday to put things right and put on a good performance."
McCourt accepts as a Celtic player there is intense pressure on and off the field.
The 27-year-old, who joined Celtic from Derry City in June 2008 and has this season established himself in the first team, said: "There's no point in letting it get to you.
"You just have to try and get on with it and just enjoy it as best you can.
"I just hope I can stay in the team."
Lennon retired from international football in 2002 after receiving death threats, but McCourt has no intention to do the same and remains available to Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington.
McCourt, who made his debut against Spain in April 2002 and has won four caps, added: "I've always said I wanted to play for Northern Ireland."
Celtic will have James Forrest available for the clash after submitting an appeal over his red card against Hamilton.
But Georgios Samaras (hamstring) remains on the sidelines, while fellow strikers Gary Hooper (ankle) and Daryl Murphy (calf) are not ready for a comeback despite resuming training.
Glenn Loovens (knee) is also on the sidelines along with long-term injury victim Shaun Maloney (ankle).
Stokes back to haunt Hibs
Anthony Stokes scored twice on his return to Easter Road as Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Celtic claimed a comfortable win over Hibernian.
After setting up a 44th-minute opener for Gary Hooper, who was returning from an ankle injury, Stokes tucked in a 50th-minute penalty following a foul by Lewis Stevenson.
Stokes, who moved to Celtic last August after helping Hibs to fourth place last season, skilfully netted his second after 64 minutes to confirm a 12th league loss of the season for his former club.
A 15th win of the campaign consolidated Celtic's place at the top of the SPL and saw the Bhoys end a difficult week on a high.
Neil Lennon's men now have 49 points, but Rangers have three games in hand - four if you include this afternoon's clash with bottom club Hamilton.
Manager Lennon is appealing a six-match touchline ban imposed this week after he was sent to the stand by today's referee Craig Thomson during a defeat by Hearts in November.
The ban did not prevent Lennon from branding the performance of referee Willie Collum as "not good enough" in the 1-1 draw at Hamilton on Wednesday night.
Collum was today in close proximity to Lennon - he was the fourth official.
Lennon was up against one of his former managers in Colin Calderwood, who was the Celtic boss' manager at Nottingham Forest and was seeking to improve a record of two wins in 12 games in charge at Easter Road.
After drawing 0-0 with Irn-Bru Second Division Ayr in the Scottish Cup last weekend, Hibs responded with a strong start against the SPL leaders.
David Wotherspoon headed wide from Stevenson's cross in the opening minute after the full-back had overlapped on the left before Derek Riordan hit a 30-yard free-kick over.
Celtic's first chance came when Emilio Izaguirre shot tamely at Mark Brown before Daniel Majstorovic inexplicably fluffed a free header from close range following Mark Wilson's free-kick.
The defender was played onside by Hibs' defence, but the ball bounced off his shoulder and head to go off target, much to Lennon's frustration.
Brown then saved with an outstretched leg from Hooper, who was played through by an incisive ball from Beram Kayal, a player earlier booked for fouling Ian Murray.
Hooper needed no second invitation, though, when netting moments later.
Stokes did well on the left of the area to feed his strike partner, whose first touch helped him evade marker Paul Hanlon and he coolly slotted in. It was his 12th goal of the season.
Early in the second half Majstorovic diverted Izaguirre's corner towards goal, with the ball held by Brown.
But Stevenson then scythed down Stokes a yard inside the penalty area after 49 minutes, referee Thomson pointing to the spot without hesitation.
Stokes stepped up and passed the ball straight down the middle of the goal to net for the 11th time since leaving Edinburgh for Glasgow last August.
Stokes shot off target from Paddy McCourt's pass after 56 minutes before Danny Galbraith had an effort ruled out for offside.
Majstorovic cleared off the line after Wotherspoon and Riordan combined before Wilson fouled Merouane Zemmama on the edge of the area. The Moroccan's free-kick was deflected wide.
McCourt then ran at the Hibs defence and made space for a shot, which Brown scrambled around the post.
From the resulting corner Stokes netted his second.
The striker brought down Izaguirre's cross and lofted the ball into the top corner beyond Brown.
It was yet another reminder of how much Hibs have missed his ability in a run which sees them perilously close to the relegation zone.
And he could have had a hat-trick after Francis Dickoh's header from Zemmama's corner was easily held by Fraser Forster.
The goalkeeper launched a counter attack and Stokes, played onside by the Hibs defence, went through one on one with Brown and lofted the ball over the goalkeeper, but Dickoh recovered to head off the line.
Freddie Ljungberg, on for Hooper, had a cross blocked in the area by Murray but Celtic's appeals for handball were ignored.
Forster tipped Duffy's flick from Galbraith's cross on to the bar to deny Hibs as Celtic banked more points, returning the pressure on Rangers.
"Are Chelsea right to bring back Jose Mourinho?"