Hibs defender Steven Whittaker has insisted that he doesn’t want to see Celtic celebrate a title triumph at Easter Road this weekend – and is adamant that Paul Heckingbottom’s side will be aiming for three points.

Celtic would seal the title with a win at Easter Road – but only if Rangers fail to beat Hearts at Tynecastle 24 hours earlier.

29th December 2018, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Hibernian versus Heart of Midlothian; Steven Whittaker of Hibernian takes a shot at goal

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Whittaker admits securing the trophy would be a “huge incentive” for Neil Lenno’s side but the defender wants to maintain the Hibees fantastic form under Heck.

“If Celtic can do it on the day that will be a huge incentive for them, but even if they can’t I’m sure they’ll want to make sure they can get the title wrapped up as quickly as possible,” Whittaker told the Evening News.

1st December 2018, Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Kilmarnock versus Hibernian; Steven Whittaker of Hibernian wins ball in the air

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“Obviously you don’t want to see them winning it on your pitch, but regardless of how things are it won’t change our game plan in any way. No matter what Celtic have to play for on the day, we’ll only have the three points in our sights.”

Since the former Leeds boss took charge, Hibs have picked up 20 out of 24 points so far and have been hugely impressive – even sealing a top-six spot.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 25: Steven Whittaker of Hibernian in action during the Scottish Premier League match between Hibernian and Aberdeen at Easter Road on August 25, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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That has put them right in the mix for a Europa League spot next season and a string of good results in the final five games would be a fantastic end to the campaign.

Even if Heckingbottom’s side fail to reach the Europa League, few would have thought they – or Neil Lennon – would have been where they are at the end of January.

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