Kevin Nisbet’s first season in the top flight seems to be going from strength to strength. He scored his 13th goal of the season for Hibernian against Celtic on Monday night.

In a way, it might have been his best goal of the season. That is due to the circumstances he scored it in. With Hibernian 1-0 down and facing a fourth successive league defeat, the ball broke to Nisbet in injury time. He instinctively put the ball into the net at close range to secure a 1-1 draw.

Goal was deserved

It was a goal Hibernian deserved based on how well they performed. Nisbet hopes that one man in particular witnessed the goal  – Scotland boss Steve Clarke.

Scotland manager Steve Clarke

Scotland manager Steve Clarke (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

With every goal Nisbet scores, Clarke must be tempted to call the player up into the Scotland squad. Nisbet has admitted that he hopes that he is in Clarke’s thoughts for the squad that is picked for March’s World Cup qualifiers.

“It won’t do me any harm, but it’s up to me to keep on performing, keep scoring goals and keep staying in the thoughts of Steve Clarke” he said.


Nisbet feels that Hibernian deserved a result at Celtic Park. He was pleased to see that the team’s heads didn’t drop after they fell behind to a late David Turnbull free-kick.

“A good feeling”

“It was a good feeling getting that goal, and it was something we deserved from the game. It was a great free-kick for Celtic, but we showed some character to get back into the game.”

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Kevin Nisbet celebrates scoring against Celtic (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The point at Celtic Park stops the rot for Jack Ross’ side, but they will be eager to get back to winning ways against Kilmarnock on Saturday. For that to happen, Nisbet might have to be at his insitinctive best once more.

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