In a rather fitting ending judging how this season has gone for Celtic, they sent of captain Scott Brown with another disappointing 0-0 draw away to Hibernian. A lackluster performance from the away said paired with a very compact, striker-less Hibernian side, left little to surprise as both sides did not create much in either third.
Celtic’s best chances came in the first 25 minutes of the game, in which Elyounoussi should have had a hattrick. His first in the 6th minute was blocked and cleared off the line, his second in the 13th minute came as he attempted to round Marciano in which his shot was saved and his third came in the 24th minute as he turned his defender quickly to get a shot away, which Marciano was equal to again.
John Kennedy said, ‘Probably at the top end of the pitch, in terms of the other side, defensively, we were solid, good. Barkas had very little to do and it felt like we were in control of most of the game, first half I thought we started well, we were really bright, but we just needed that final pass and the finishing with they balls coming into the box.’
Speaking shortly on Brown, Kennedy said, ‘It’s an emotional week for him, he’s not showing it but in a way of not letting anything out but he will be a massive miss, that’s ultimately what he’ll be, in terms of replacing him, you just don’t replace Scott Brown.’
Hibs themselves did not have a noticeable attempt until the last 15 minutes when Doidge picked up the ball on the edge of the box, not long after coming on, but found his shot well blocked. A lack of quality in the final third was truly clear from the beginning. Although, this did leave departing Hibernian players, Lewis Stevenson and Ofir Marciano a clean sheet in their final league game for the club and David Gray a clean sheet in his first league appearance of the season.
Jack Ross seemed to have one eye on the cup final resting the likes of, Doidge, Nisbet, Doig, Boyle and Irvine after three games in 12 days prior to today’s fixture, but one headache that Jack Ross does have is defensively after three clean sheets in three games with Darren McGregor at the back.
Jack Ross said, ‘His performance has been brilliant and to end on three clean sheets as well, which was a little problematic for us, as much as we had been playing well. He has really enjoyed this season, and he has trained pretty much every single day, which has helped him with the condition he is in and he is a good player, Character wise and mental strength he is up there as well. All you can ask with an opportunity like this is that the players go and play well, and he has certainly done that.’
Hibernian play St. Johnstone in the Scottish cup final at Hampden on the 22nd of May, controversially without fans after the government backtracked on their previous statement of allowing 600 hundred fans in the stadium.
Ross said, ‘There is loads of different answers I could give, one as football manager and one just as a human being, but from a football perspective I think we all get a bit excited at the thought of having people in the stadium, one to create an atmosphere but two as a reward for our fan, albeit if it was just a minority of them, obviously though that has been pulled away though.’