Celtic maintained their unbeaten start to the season against Hibernian at Easter Road on Sunday – but came perilously close to throwing away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2.
Brendan Rodgers’ side looked to be cruising to another victory with a second-half double from Scott Sinclair, but goals in quick succession from former Celtic defender Efe Ambrose and Oliver Shaw in the 76th and 79th minute respectively dragged Neil Lennon’s European hopefuls back into the tie.
What’s more, the ex-Celtic boss was just inches away from inflicting a first defeat in 54 league games for incumbent boss Brendan Rodgers (68 in all domestic competitions).
Three minutes into injury time, Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon made a mess of a ball into the box. The ball fell invitingly to Shaw, who must have thought he was about to complete the comeback by rolling the ball into the empty net.
However, defender Mikael Lustig had other ideas, and the Swedish international was on hand to clear the danger when the goal appeared inevitable.
Celtic could even have taken all three points after that incident, when Sinclair wasted a decent chance in the box to complete his hat-trick.
The defending champions have opened up a five-point gap ahead of would-be title rivals Rangers and Aberdeen, with a clash against relegation-threatened Hamilton Academical to come in midweek.
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