Celtic 2 Hibernian 0
Celtic accomplished a tidy night’s business at home to Hibernian when Ryan Christie’s opener was supplemented after the break by a deflected effort from Ollie Burke to maintain the leaders’ six-point advantage over Rangers, whose victory at Pittodrie saw Aberdeen fall 11 points behind, along with Kilmarnock, who were held to a draw by Dundee at Dens Park.
The downside for Celtic was yet another injury concern, in this case to Emilio Izaguirre who was stretchered off after a late challenge by the Hibs substitute Darnell Johnson, who was booked for the Hondurans’ pains.
The pre-match trackside interviews proved unexpectedly diverting because of what might be called a snippet of news from Hibs’ interim manager, Eddie May, who disclosed that he had postponed a vasectomy, scheduled for earlier in the day, as a consequence of the obligation to take charge of the Easter Road side once again. It would appear that May will have to defer the procedure a little longer, with Hibs unlikely to appoint a successor to Neil Lennon before the weekend.
It was a moot point whether he considered the inconvenience worth it by half-time, with Hibs trailing by a Ryan Christie strike and having been on the back foot for most of the opening 45 minutes. That was no more than Celtic deserved, given their general control of possession, all the more impressive in view of a substantial casualty roster.