Hibs manager Paul Heckingbottom has admitted that he’s a “little bit in love” with his players after they extended their unbeaten league run under him with a 0-0 draw against Celtic.

The Hibees haven’t lost in nine league games under the former Leeds boss and are now just five points off fourth-placed Kilmarnock in the table.

27th February 2019, McDiarmid Park, Perth, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, St Johnstone versus Hibernian; Paul Heckingbottom Hibernian Manager and Marc McNulty of Hibernian celebrates the win at full time

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Heckingbottom was delighted with the way his side went about their business against Celtic – and insisted that “giving everything” is “all the fans want.”

“There were spells where we really displayed what we want to be about going forward,” said Heckingbottom, as quoted by the BBC.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Paul Heckingbottom Manager of Hibernian FC takes to the field for the first time before the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Hamilton Academical at Easter Road on February 16, 2019 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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“Credit to them, I asked the players to do a few more different things today. At the minute, I’m a little bit in love with them and what they’re doing.

“They are performing really well, giving everything. That’s all the fans want.”

Hibs had keeper Ofir Marciano to thank for keeping them in the game and now go into next weekend’s Edinburgh derby three points ahead of Hearts – having been 11 points behind when Heck took the reins.

A few wins from their final four games could see the Hibees sneak into a European spot for next season.

With a defeat to Celtic in the Scottish Cup Heckingbottom’s only defeat so far as Hibs boss, you wouldn’t put it past the Easter Road side to somehow squeeze into contention.

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