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SPL wrap: Celtic drop home points

SoccerNews in Scottish Premier League 1 Sep 2012


It was a day of stalemates in the Scottish Premier League on Saturday as all four fixtures resulted in draws.

The only match to feature any goals was Celtic’s 2-2 draw at home to an increasingly impressive Hibernian outfit.

Fresh after booking their place in the UEFA Champions League group stages following a 4-0 aggregate win against Helsingborg, Neil Lennon’s side took the lead on 10 minutes.

Swedish defender Mikael Lustig was on hand to place the ball in the back of the net after Hibs goalkeeper Ben Williams had spilled a set-piece.

Despite the hosts’ dominance, which saw Gary Hooper hit the woodwork twice, they could only manage a one-goal advantage heading into the interval.

Hibs were a different proposition after the half-time break and drew level within eight minutes on the back of a dreadful error from goal scorer Lustig.

The Swedish international failed to play the ball back to keeper Fraser Forster and Tim Clancy pounced to place the ball into an empty net.

However, the visitors soon found themselves trailing again with 20 minutes remaining.

Williams was unable to deal with a long-rage effort from Filip Twardzik and pressure from Lustig forced James McPake to send the ball into his own net.

But as jubilant fans at Celtic Park began to retake their seats, Hibs levelled proceedings yet again.

Paul Cairney brushed aside two defenders before netting the equaliser four minutes later and Hibs eventually held on for a share of the spoils in the top-of-the-table clash.

Meanwhile, the remaining three games between Ross County and Kilmarnock, St Johnstone and Dundee United, and Aberdeen and St Mirren all finished goalless.


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