Hibs finished off their successful Scottish Premiership season with a 0-0 draw against Celtic as they waved goodbye to goalkeeper Ofir Marciano.
The Israeli keeper was playing his final match at Easter Road after five seasons at the club, departing in the summer for pastures new. He was the busier of the two goalkeepers as Hibs manager Jack Ross rotated his team ahead of next weekend’s Scottish Cup final against St Johnstone.
Hibs completed a season unbeaten at home against Celtic, who offered plenty of slow build-up football and balls into the box with no one to aim for. A quiet affair means Easter Road academy product Scott Brown’s goodbye after 14 years at Celtic ends without a win.
A compact Hibs defence allowed the home side to limit any real Celtic chances, with Mohamed Elyounoussi having the best of them in the 13th and 24th minute, both of which were saved by Marciano, who bows out with a clean sheet. Here are three things we learned.
Hibs made seven changes from the 1-0 over Aberdeen midweek that allowed them to secure the Premiership’s third spot for the first time since the 2004/05 season. While they didn’t threaten much going forward, Hibs did more than enough to merit a point.
Some may have given the Hibs manager a headache ahead of a return to Mount Florida, Darren McGregor again showing he’s still got plenty to give.
Hibs started the game without a recognised striker, Jamie Murphy probably the closest to that. Without a talisman on the park, it’s perhaps not overly surprising that Hibs didn’t find the net in this one
Celtic struggled to create anything meaningful, which has been the story of their season. But for Hibs, they perhaps might have nicked this one if one of their key attacking outlets like Kevin Nisbet or Martin Boyle had started. But they were not worth risking ahead of a monumental week.
Marciano has been a great servant for Hibs and he deservedly won a clean sheet on his final league appearance. He could still feature in the final next weekend but Matt Macey – who is contracted to the club for next season – has been the starting goalkeeper in cup competitions since arriving in January.
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