Monday, September 24, 2007

Loss To Hibs Cap Craptacular Week For The Bhoys.

Clydesdale Bank Premier League
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Easter Road, Edinburgh

(Fletcher 5, Gatheussi 41, Shiels 86)
(McGeady 26, Caldwell 66)

HIBERNIAN (4-4-2) Ma-Kalambay; Gatheussi, Hogg, Jones, Murphy; Kerr, Buezelin, Stevenson (Morais 30), McCann (Zemmama 74); Antoine-Curier, Fletcher (Shiels 20)

Subs not used: McNeil, O’Brien, Joneleit, Campbell

CELTIC (4-4-2) Boruc; Doumbe, Caldwell, McManus, Naylor; Hartley, Donati (Riordan 89), S.Brown, McGeady; Vennegoor of Hesselink, McDonald (Killen 67)

Subs not used: Brown, O’Dea, O'Brien, Sno, Zurawski,

CELTIC lost their first SPL game of the season as Hibernian edged a dramatic five-goal thriller at Easter Road.

Steven Fletcher put Hibs ahead, before Aiden McGeady levelled with his first goal of the season. Thierry Gatheussi restored the home side’s advantage minutes before the break, but Gary Caldwell’s soaring header brought Celtic level.

However, with just four minutes remaining, Dean Shiels pounced from close range to win the match after Mickael Antoine-Curier’s shot had slipped out of Artur Boruc’s grasp.

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan made two changes from the side that faced Shakhtar Donetsk in the midweek UEFA Champions League tie.

Shunsuke Nakamura was missing through injury and was replaced by McGeady, while Jean-Joel Perrier-Doumbe came in for Mark Wilson to make his first start of the season.

The ‘Battle of the Greens’ is always one of the most eagerly-awaited fixtures in the SPL calendar and, with both sides unbeaten in the league prior to this contest, the match took on extra significance.

Just a crappy week overall, especially for the goaltender Boruc. They really have to shape up quick, as there is a match with AC Milan looming in the not too distant future.


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