Ryan Porteous says the Hibs squad has been left ‘gutted’ by the loss to Celtic at Parkhead.
Goals from Jeremie Frimpong and Odsonne Edouard secured the win for Neil Lennon’s side. Hibs remain in sixth following the result and will look to bounce back against Rangers on Friday night.
Porteous has been left to ponder a few things after Celtic edged his side in Glasgow.
He told Hibs’ Twitter: “It’s disappointing to get beat. We were playing against a good team but I thought we could’ve played a bit better. We want to come to places like this and win but today wasn’t our day.
“The first goal, I guess it comes to me and I shouldn’t let him turn, I got caught on my feet. I should maybe have just hooked it but obviously it isn’t the way I or the team like to defend coming to places like this. It should be no nonsense at times.
“We’ve got to learn from it. When it goes 2-0 it’s always going to be hard. It’s ultimately three points dropped and we’re gutted.”
Big game to look ahead to
It’s important that Hibs and Porteous put this behind them. It wasn’t a bad performance by any stretch, showing steel in defense and sparks of good play in attack.
It wasn’t enough though as they were eventually bettered by a Celtic side who haven’t lost at home in over 80 domestic games. Hibs’ attentions will now turn to face Rangers on Friday night.
With the home crowd behind them, Hibs should have a bit more room to go for it against the Gers. Players like Martin Boyle and Florian Kamberi are playing well too, so they do have dangerous defensive weapons.
What’s vital now though is that they don’t let the Celtic defeat hurt them too badly heading into a big game.