By Lewis Laird

After a dominant start to the game in possession, Celtic took an early lead through full-back Anthony Ralston.

As midfielder David Turnbull swung in a lovely, floated cross towards the back post, Ralston was waiting all alone to head the ball into the ground and past Matt Macey between the sticks for Hibs, to put the side 1-0 up.

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Jack Ross’ side could have been back on level terms just moments later, as Jamie Murphy played a well-weighted pass into the path of Joe Newell. rom close range, it looked as though the midfielder had the simple task of slotting the ball into the back of the net.

However, it was met with a smart stop by Joe Hart, who spread himself effectively to stop the home side levelling things back up right away.

Celtic quickly took advantage of the missed opportunity, though, doubling their lead by way of another set piece. Once again, turning provider Turnbull put in the cross into the path of the American central defender Cameron Carter-Vickers who side-footed the ball towards goal.

Macey looked to have gotten a hand onto it, but it wasn’t enough to stop the ball from entering the far corner.

Just after the half-hour mark, Celtic grabbed their third of the game.

Picking up a loose ball outside the area, attacking midfielder Tom Rogic danced through several Hibs defenders. The Australian then released Jota on the right-hand side, who could pick his head up and find Kyogo Furuhashi across the six-yard box – tapping home to give Ange Postecoglou’s side a comfortable lead.

Before the break, it was Hibs turn to grab a goal of their own from a set-piece.

The head of Ryan Porteous – who returned from suspension for Wednesday night’s game – met a corner on the near side by Joe Newell in a crowded area of the penalty box, knocking the ball past the on-looking Joe Hart.

The second half was a little more uneventful in comparison to the opening 45 minutes of the game. Both teams continued to size each other up, with it being more of an even affair between the two in the early stages.

Hibs certainly looked better in the second half, being a lot more comfortable in possession – having their fair share of the ball.

Left-back Josh Doig had a lot more joy down the flank, making several overlapping runs round the winger in front of him and delivering crosses into the area. Ultimately, he couldn’t find one of his teammates in a dangerous area.

The Edinburgh side’s best chance of the half came as half-time substitute Josh Campbell was slipped through on goal. The wideman had the opportunity to pull another one back for the Hibees 15 minutes from time but was once again denied by the body of Hart in goals.

 

For a spell, Celtic struggled to keep a hold of the ball in the late stages of proceedings and at times couldn’t get themselves out their own half, as Hibs tried to put on the pressure and pull their way back into things.

The lion share of their work was done in the first half though, as the Green and White side from Glasgow were the team to take home all three points on the night.

Here are three things we learned as Hibs slipped to another defeat:

Seven game streak since Hibs last lost to Celtic in the League at Easter Road is over

In recent years, Hibernian have found some success in this fixture between themselves and Celtic in the league, having not lost the last seven times the away side travelled from Glasgow.

They were undone in the Premiership on this occasion for the first time since 2014, as Ange Postecoglou’s side raced into a 3-0 lead just over half-an hour, which was enough for them to take home the victory, despite Hibs best efforts.

Passive Hibs

Although Jack Ross’ team came into things in the second 45 minutes, looking much more comfortable on the ball, Celtic’s work was done within the first half.

The home side were far too passive at the start of the game, with the Celtic frontline cutting through the Hibs defence, that has come under some scrutiny in recently.

Four losses in a row

Speaking of scrutiny, after Wednesday night’s defeat, that is now four games on the bounce which the Leith side have lost in the league

The pressure will continue to mount until they get back to winning ways, for the first time since the end of September. Jack Ross will be hoping that comes against Ross County in Dingwall this coming weekend.

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