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Hibernian 0-0 Celtic

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By Martin Conaghan

1504: Well folks, that's all from me for today. Thank you for your texts, comments and contributions on My Sport in what has been a very nerve-wracking day for football fans everywhere. Join us here next week as we bring you the final weekend of action in the SPL. Who will take the title - Rangers or Celtic? Can Dundee United snatch the last Europa League slot from Aberdeen? Only time will tell. Have a good week!

1502: "Its not over yet Celtic fans believe Dundee United will give Rangers a game and hopefully draw to see us win the league on goal difference. Faith not lost yet." from villianro on My Sport .

1501: It's interesting to note that a draw for Dundee United next week is as good as a win in their bid for a Europa League slot, but a draw at Tannadice will be absolutely no use to Rangers if Celtic win. It's not over yet, but the pendulum has swung over to Ibrox in favour of Rangers.

1455: So, there it is folks - Rangers travel to Tannadice next Sunday knowing a win will seal the title on Helicopter Sunday.

1451: Full-time at Easter Road: Hibernian 0-0 Celtic.

1450: Derek Riordan ends up in the book for kicking away the ball after being caught offside for theseventh time today.

1449: Nakamura blasts in a powerful drives that rebounds off the head of Rob Jones and out for a corner. Boruc comes up to try and snatch the winner. What a finish!

1448: Bamba goes off and Hanlon comes on as Hibs run down the clock and Iain Brines adds on three minutes.

1447: A minute left of regulation time. It's squeaky-bum time for sure now!

1446: "Hibs' supporters aren't surprised Mixu hasn't made a change as he has no idea. He is useless and gives away the midfield in every game. Time he left as he has Hibs playing terrible football. It is a disgrace. Brines is a very poor referee and is card happy." Anonymous text on 80295.

1445: Derek Riordan is caught offside for the sixth time today as Hibs make a rare counter-attack.

1444: Another Celtic corner to be swung in by Nakamura - and Lee Naylor ends up in the back of the net, but fails to take the ball with him.

1443: There's only five minuets left of regulation time for Celtic to grab a winner. Can they do it - or are Hibs going to throw a massive spanner in the works?

1441: Hibs looks like they're dead on their feet as they sustain wave after wave of Celtic pressure. It's quite incredible to watch Celtic's every attack continually fizzle out in the final third.

1439: A nerve-jangling goalmouth stramash takes place as Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink tries to head in a close-range effort, but Hibs manage to clear out for a corner and breathe for another five seconds. Nakamura sends the corner straight into the hands of Ma-Kalambay.

1437: Hibs have hardly left their own half for the last 30 minutes, but Celtic simply don't look like they can do anything with the final ball. This is going to be an edgy finish.

1435: "I'm pretty sure that Rebus' colleague Siobhan is the Hibbee! Rebus himself doesn't care about football." from Andy in Edinburgh on 80295.

I think that settles the Rebus debate? On with the football...

1434: Vennegoor of Hesselink heads overt he bar from a Hinkel cross as the pressure continues to mount and Ma-Kalambay earns himself a yellow card for wasting time.

1433: As the match enters the final 15 minutes, Paul Hartley ends a Celtic attack with a powerful shot from distance that drifts wide.

1432: Steven Fletcher attempts to volley in from close range, but stumps his foot at the ground and the ball bounces into the hands of artur Boruc as Celtic break on the counter-attack in a desperate attempt to grab a goal.

1430: "Ma-Kalambay is so big, there was no space above him or underneath him for McDonald there." BBC Scotland pundit Craig Paterson.

1429: Scott McDonald is thwarted on goal by Yves Ma-Kalambay and the rebounded effort is cleared away.

1428: Another anonymous texter tells us that while Rebus is a Hibee, the actor who plays him, Ken Stott, is a Jambo. Conflict of interest there, methinks. Didn't John Hannah play Rebus in the original pilot? What team does Hannah support?

1425: Scott Brown makes way for an eager-looking Shaun Maloney. The former hibs man must be struggling with a knock, but he doesn't look too pleased as he takes his seat in the visitors' dugout.

1424: A brief flurry of pressure from Celtic fizzles out, but gets the pulses racing at Easter Road. Hibs look like they have slightly more urgency about their play than Celtic.

1422: Derek Riordan breaks free following a lovely move down the middle of the pitch, but fires his shot over the bar. If he had taken a touch, he would have put Celtic under immense pressure.

1421: Samaras goes off as the man with the longest name in Scottish football comes on.

1420: Thanks to an anonymous texter on 80295 for pointing out that I referred to John Rankin as Ian - ie. he of the murder novels. i think I was confusing my Rebus mysteries with the Hibs man. I might be on to something though - is Rebus not a Hibee?

1417: Half an hour left to play and Jan Venegoor of Hesselink is about to come in place of Georgios Samaras.

1416: Derek Riordan drives a free-kick directly at the Celtic wall and any opportunity to keep the pressure up is lost.

1414: "Celtic need someone in the forward area to get the goals, but Hibs might need someone at the back to keep the visitors at bay." BBC Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

1413: "Hibs are giving away possession far to easily. They are making life difficult for themselves." from Macker100 on My Sport .

1412: John Rankin pulls down Shunsuke Nakamura, but the ref wisely plays the advantage, knowing Rankin would have to go off if he gets another yellow card. After yesterday's fiasco at Ibrox, I think today's ref is keen to avoid any controversy.

1410: Scott Brown heads in from a throw-in, but watches it sail over the bar. you get the feeling there's a goal going to come in this match within the next five minutes.

1409: This is a much more exciting game now - almost identical to the one midweek when Rangers came to Easter Road. hibs are under plenty of pressure, but seem capable of hitting Celtic on the break.

1408: Scott McDonald fires in from the edge of the penalty area and television replays show it hitting Steven Thicot's arm, but the ref gives the Frenchman the benefit of the doubt as Celtic string together three corners in succession.

1407: Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink has a long chat with Gordon Strachan and begins to warm-up behind the goals. Could the big Dutchman be set to take to the field, or is Strachan sending a message to his strikers?

1405: Nothing comes of the corner, but Celtic are showing their intent with plenty of pressure - Hibs can't get out of their own half.

1404: Celtic start immediately with a corner in 25 seconds of the second half.

1403: And Celtic get the second half underway at Easter Road!

1402: The Celtic players are back out on the pitch getting ready for the second half.

1359: Edging closer to the second half. It may not be the most important 45 minutes of Celtic's season, but you can see it from here. If Gordon Strachan's men don't get a goal soon, they could be facing the possibility of Rangers and Dundee United only requiring a draw next Sunday to secure the league title and a Europa League slot respectively.

1357: "Derek Riordan hasn't performed in the first half. I expect more from him in the second half." BBC Scotland pundit Craig Paterson.

1356: "When was the last time Nakamura beat the first man from a corner kick? Hartley should be taking them! I wouldn't put Naka on the bus away from home, never mind playing him." from Paul in Belfast via SMS on 80295.

1355: Some possession stats for you: Hibernian 43%, Celtic 57% in the first-half.

1353: "If Hibs get the win here both Rangers and Dundee Utd will need a draw next week to secure the league and Euro place respectively. What's the chance both will settle it before a ball is kicked and play out a bounce match." from gregclark1 on My Sport .

1349: Sportsound presenter Richard Gordon describes the match as "lethargic" in places, much like a pre-season warm-up match. He's not wrong - the match has had its moments, but it needs an incident of some sort to bring it to life.

1348: Half-time at Easter Road: Hibernian 0-0 Celtic.

1347: The best chance of the match falls to Celtic's Scott McDonald on the stroke of half-time, but the little Australian sclafs his shot wide of the mark past Hibs keeper Yves Ma-Kalambay.

1345: Aiden McGeady performs his famous "Pittodrie twirl" on the edge of the box, but Celtic's attack fizzles out. You can thank our Commentator in Chief, David Begg, for dubbing McGeady's neat footwork thus.

1344: Another Derek Riordan free-kick from distance is wasted as the 6'7" Rob Jones jumps 5'2" and the ball drifts out for a goal-kick.

1342: Celtic are leading by five corner kicks to Hibs' one - which gives you an idea of where the match is being played - but Celtic are simply not converting the advantage into goals. Gordon Strachan is on the sidelines bawling at his players to keep it tight.

1339: Scott McDonald picks up another free-kick for Celtic over at the other corner flag and Nakamura flights it in, but Gary Caldwell's header slips past Andreas Hinkel and the German misses a clear chance to give Celtic the lead. Some poor defending from Hibs there and a great chance gone a-begging for Celtic.

1337: "I see Celtic have released there latest DVD 'Their Forty Greatest Throw Ins'. Mon the Hibees!" from bringthemonjpn on My Sport .

There's certainly been plenty throw-ins in this match, but I wouldn't say any of them qualify for greatness...

1335: Celtic are certainly piling on the pressure, but they're lacking something in the final third. Hibs are holding out well, but they seem to surrender possession every time they pick up a bit of forward momentum.

1333: Hibs manager Mixu Paatelainen looks angry in the dugout, shouting orders at his players from the sidelines and taking copious notes in a little black book. Someone's getting a mouthful at half-time from the Finnish manager.

1331: "The Celtic fans are beginning to find their second voice to cheer their team on." BBC Scotland commentator David Begg at Easter Road.

1330: "From a neutral perspective, Celtic to win by the odd goal would make for an interesting finale to the season. If that is the outcome today, I wouldn't like to be playing in the back four of Hearts or Dundee Utd next week!" from devonFRATTONiser on My Sport .

1329: Roughly half an hour played, and it's been fairly evenly matched so far - although, Celtic probably edge it slightly on possession. It's a right good game, as Craig Paterson might say.

1328: Ian Murray picks up the first yellow card of the day for a foul on Nakamura near the corner flag. He'll now miss the first two matches of next season, as it takes him over the 18 point threshold.

1327: "It's livened up a but now. Hibs were sitting far too deep, but now they're pushing much further forward." BBC Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod at Easter Road.

1326: It's a much livelier match now that we've seen chances at both ends. Both sets of players are definitely up for the challenge, but you get the sense Derek Riordan is going to end up in the ref's book if he keeps complaining about getting caught offside. The red mist is gathering...

1323: Lewis Stevenson goes down on the edge of the box under pressure from Scott Brown, but the ref waves it away. Two challenges later, the ref finally awards Hibs a free-kick about 40 yards out, but Riordan fails to make anything of it. However, when the ball comes back out, it ends up at the feet of Fletcher who blasts in an overhead kick - Artur Boruc does well to parry it out and the scores remain 0-0.

1321: "Riordan is having a go at the linesman for being picked up as offside. He needs to take the ball a walk and stay onside." Murdo MacLeod on Sportsound.

1319: Talking of half-hearted, Scott McDonald throws himself to the ground under a soft challenge in the hibs box from Van Zanten. The visiting fans let out a yelp of "penalty!", but the ref waves it away and the two players play a quick game of 'Handbags at Dawn'.

1318: Rankin fires in a half-hearted version of his famous 'squiggler', but it doesn't really trouble Boruc and the Celtic fans breathe easy.

1317: "Let's get the Hoops fans singing 'One Gordon Strachan' - he gave us three he's going to make it four in a row - get together that's what the huddle is all about!" From Davie in Falkirk via SMS on 80295.

1315: Hibs are great passers of the ball, but they seem to surrender possession easily in the middle of the pitch. Something for Celtic to exploit, perhaps?

1314: Aiden McGeady runs out of steam with a speedy run to the goal-line. The Celtic fans have lost their voices, it would seem - perhaps the nerves are finally settling in?

1312: Scott McDonald jostles in the six-yard area with Steven Thicot and sends a side-footed shot over the bar, but Celtic nab a corner from it. Big Samaras heads a good opportunity narrowly over the bar from the corner. you wouldn't say the match is being played at a blistering pace yet, but it's certainly lively.

1310: "Celtic all over Hibs. The break might be on, but Hibs have no-one up. Why don't they have a forward in the middle?" from bringthemonjpn on My Sport .

1309: The Hibernian captain Rob Jones heads one over the bar on the counter-attack from a Derek Riordan cross - close one there.

1308: "As a loyal Gers fan, I'm praying one of the Edinburgh clubs do us a favour, but in my heart i think Celtic are probably just too strong." From Sadger in Glasgow via SMS on 80295.

1307: Hibs are really struggling to get possession of the ball - every man on the pitch (except Artur Boruc) has spent almost all of the first five minutes of this match in the Hibs half.

1305: The first corner of the match falls to Celtic in under three minutes - Shunsuke Nakamura flights it in, but John Rankin clears the danger as Celtic pile pressure on the home side.

1303: A lively, positive start for Celtic in their canary yellow jerseys with Georgios Samaras and Scott McDonald linking up well to push into the hibs penalty area. The little Australian failed to make anything of the final ball and Hibs cleared the danger.

1302: And Hibs get us underway at Easter Road!

1300: We're running ever so slightly late at Easter Road as the players come on to the pitch engulfed by loud cheers from the crowd.

1258: The players are in the tunnel getting ready to head out on to the pitch. This is it! Nowhere to hide now!

1256: Former Celtic and hibs man Murdo MacLeod predicts a 2-1 for Celtic. Although, he says Artur boruc has had a couple of howlers against Hibs recently, so the pressure is on the Polish keeper. Will Murdo be right?

1253: Both sets of fans are in full song at Easter Road and we're still over five minutes away from kick-off. Hibs may well have nothing to play for, but they're going to be up for this one. Gordon Strachan's side know what they need to do, and Hibs know what they need to do to stop them. Exciting stuff.

1250: "Hibs only beat Celtic because of a stupid mistake, this time Boruc will be focused. We know what we have to do and I'm confident we can achieve a win today." bigmc1_9 on My Sport .

1245: We've got about 15 minutes to go before Kick-off. What are your predictions for this match? Send them on 80295. A win for Celtic would go a long way to sealing their fourth successive league title, but a draw would be very damaging. Hibs have nothing to play for but pride - but with Dundee United needing a win against Rangers next week to guarantee European football, it's looking like another cracking race to the finish line.

1239: "Hopefully Riordan will show Strachan what he's capable of today. If there's any man who should be motivated to do well, it's him, after his treatment there." from DavieP26 My Sport .

1237: Remember, Hibs beat Celtic 2-0 earlier in the season thanks to John Rankin's famous 'squiggler' and now they are looking for their first Easter Road double over the Glasgow side since 1981/82.

1236: "I don't care who scores goals, although Derek has scored goals for us recently and he can score all types of goals, so hopefully he's a goalscorer today. As long as we get a positive result." Hibernian manager Mixu Paatelainen on Sportsound responding to a question about Derek Riordan's chances of putting one over on his former team.

The Hibs manager wouldn't be drawn on whether Steven Fletcher would be heading away from Easter Road in the summer transfer window.

1232: "I'm stuck in front of a computer screen in work! And have been since 7 this morning! Please Hibs keep me sane and do us Gers a favour! Fingers Crossed!" from SportyZebra606 on My Sport .

You're not the only one stuck in front of a computer screen SportyZebra606 - I'm in the BBC offices in Pacific Quay - but we're well and truly set up with crisps, soup, juice and TVs galore to capture all the action and keep you updated throughout the day.

1229: Just under half an hour to go. The players have been warming up on the pitch, and the Easter Road surface looks fantastic. Even wee Gordon Strachan commented on the quality of the Hibs pitch. Should make for a cracking game. don't forget to text us on 80295 if you're having a gander at our live updates here on your iPhone and let us know if you're at the game or on your way.

1226: "We just need to win this game here today", Celtic manager Gordon Strachan on Sportsound when asked by our reporter Chick Young if he would settle for 1-0 in this match and 1-0 next week against Hearts.

1224: "It will be interesting to see how many free-kicks Celtic get around the box. It's their only way of creating goal scoring chances and poor refs and linesmen have been falling for McDonald, McGeady and Naka diving in the same areas of the park every week. It's easy to spot as if it isn't in the right area for their set pieces they mange to stay on their feet no problem!" from TheRealWYP on My Sport .

1220: Team news from Easter Road:

Hibernian: Ma-Kalambay, Van Zanten, Thicot, Jones, Murray, Chisholm, Bamba, Rankin, Stevenson, Fletcher, Riordan.

Celtic: Boruc, Hinkel, Caldwell, Loovens, Naylor, Nakamura , Scott Brown, Hartley, McGeady, McDonald, Samaras.

One change each - Hibernian central defender Chris Hogg is suspended, with Steven Thicot coming in and Paul Hartley takes the place of Marc Crosas in the Celtic midfield.

1215: So, here we are folks - the penultimate match of the season before another Helicopter Sunday.

Celtic travel to Easter Road to face Hibernian in one of the most crucial matches of the season.

The Glasgow club are three points behind Rangers with a superior goal difference - but can Gordon Strachan's men climb back to the top of the table, or will Hibs boss Mixu Paatelainen have a further say in the destiny of the Scottish Premier League title after holding Rangers on Wednesday?

As always, we want your views as the action unfolds, so add your thoughts on My Sport or send us a text on 80295 and we'll include your pearls of wisdom and tactical musings.



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2 Celtic 22 21 44

3 Hibernian 22 16 42
4 Dundee Utd 23 4 39

5 Motherwell 22 0 30
6 Hearts 23 -5 28
7 Aberdeen 21 -5 27
8 St Johnstone 20 -8 23
9 St Mirren 22 -11 20
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