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Result: Celtic’s title charge stalls again in goalless Hibernian draw

Celtic‘s journey towards their eighth successive Ladbrokes Premiership title stalled against Hibernian in a goalless draw at Easter Road. Hibs keeper Ofir Marciano made several key saves during an open game which was far from one-sided, although often short on quality. The league leaders moved nine points ahead of Rangers with four games remaining, the first of which is at home to Kilmarnock next week. It finishes 0-0 in Edinburgh.#HIBCEL pic.twitter.com/aVZ68D4f0z — Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 21, 2019 Celtic have not lost in nine games since former Hibs boss Neil Lennon took over until the end of the season in February after the sudden departure of Brendan Rodgers to Leicester, although they still have a bit more work to do to secure the title. It was another fine result...

Stevie Mallan: Hibs motivated for revenge against Celtic

Celtic are the only team to beat Hibernian under Paul Heckingbottom. Hibernian midfielder Stevie Mallan feels they could not be in a better frame of mind to tackle Celtic and attempt to avenge their only defeat under Paul Heckingbottom. Hibs have recorded six wins and two draws from eight Ladbrokes Premiership matches under Heckingbottom to seal a top-six place and give themselves an outside chance to claiming a European spot. The only disappointment since Heckingbottom replaced Neil Lennon was a William Hill Scottish Cup defeat against their former head coach’s new side. And there is an added motivation for Hibs as they prepare to welcome Lennon and his league leaders to Easter Road on Sunday. Mallan said: “You learn from your mistakes and we have a done a lot of analysis on t...

Neil Lennon looking forward to Hibs return

The Northern Irishman left Hibs in January. Neil Lennon believes Celtic are starting to play with the freedom he is looking for as he prepares for the trip to Edinburgh to face Hibernian on Sunday. The Northern Irish boss left Hibs in January and was handed the Hoops job until the end of the season the following month after Brendan Rodgers suddenly left for Leicester. Last week’s comprehensive 3-0 William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen at Hampden Park made it eight games unbeaten since the former Celtic captain took over for a second time at the Parkhead club, who are on the cusp of an unprecedented domestic triple treble. Rangers’ 3-1 win over Hearts at Tynecastle on Saturday lunchtime took them eight points behind their Old Firm rivals at the top of the table ...

Keith Curle praises players after racist abuse

Northampton manager Keith Curle has praised his players for the way they reacted to an incident of alleged racist abuse prior to Saturday’s draw at Notts County. The Cobblers said a number of their players were victims of racial abuse when they were confronted during their walk to the stadium from the team hotel. In a video posted on YouTube by the club, Curle said: “First and foremost, I think the players conducted themselves in the right manner. YOUTUBE: Keith Curle discusses the racist abuse aimed at members of his squad in the build-up to last Saturday’s game https://t.co/J7CQJ2by8E — Northampton Town (@ntfc) April 9, 2019 “They were shocked to be confronted as a team, for somebody to come up and say what he said. I think there was a knock-on effect of disbelief. “I’ve got to say...

Hibernian fan jailed after James Tavernier confrontation

A Hibernian fan has been jailed for 100 days for aggressively confronting Rangers captain James Tavernier during a match after jumping over the advertising hoardings and kicking away the ball. Cameron Mack, who pleaded guilty to a breach of the peace charge following the incident at Easter Road on March 8, was also banned from attending any football game for 10 years. The father-of-one, who attended the game with his father and uncle, ran from his seat on to the pitch shortly before half time in the 1-1 draw. He kicked the ball away as the defender was about to take a throw-in and repeatedly pushed him before police and stewards intervened. Sheriff Adrian Cottam explained the prison sentence was “the only way to properly reflect society’s disapproval” in light of a number...

Daryl Horgan relishing working with Paul Heckingbottom at Hibernian

Daryl Horgan insists the opportunity to work with Paul Heckingbottom has been a long time coming as he shines under the Hibernian head coach. The Republic of Ireland international has revealed that he went on trial with Barnsley as a fresh-faced youngster when Heckingbottom was still the head of youth at Oakwell. Several years later, Heckingbottom then tried to snap up the winger from Dundalk after becoming Tykes boss, only to get priced out of a deal as Horgan joined Preston. However, their partnership has been worth the wait, with the 26-year-old turning in a string of impressive showings since the Englishman’s arrival, culminating in his match-winning brace in Hibs’ 2-1 triumph over Hearts on Saturday. Horgan said: “I was on trial at Barnsley when he [Heckingbottom] was the youth-team c...

Paul Heckingbottom targets late surge for European places

Hibernian head coach Paul Heckingbottom watched his side leapfrog Hearts with a 2-1 victory at Tynecastle – and immediately targeted a late charge for Europe. Daryl Horgan notched a clinical brace to cancel out Peter Haring’s opener and send Hibs two points clear of the Jambos, having been 11 adrift of their city rivals when Heckingbottom succeeded Neil Lennon in mid-February. With six wins and two draws from his eight Premiership matches in charge, the Englishman is setting lofty goals as his side approach the post-split fixtures full of momentum. Heckingbottom said: “Is Europe a goal? Yes. But whether we get there or not, we’ll see. “We still have to play the teams around us and we’ll need results to go our way and continue this type of form to get there – b...

David Gray challenges Hibernian to leapfrog Hearts in Edinburgh derby

Gray’s side are on a seven-match unbeaten run. Hibernian captain David Gray has enjoyed chasing teams down on their route into the top six – and is determined to keep doing it now they have Hearts in their sights. A seven-match unbeaten run in the Ladbrokes Premiership since Paul Heckingbottom took charge has  guaranteed a top-half finish with one game to spare before the league splits. Hibs were in eighth place when Heckingbottom arrived but will leapfrog Hearts into fifth if they win Saturday’s Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle. Gray said: “We’ve done really well to get ourselves into that position. “We always had short-term goals, we didn’t want to look too far ahead of ourselves. “We have been saying all season that we want to be fighting at the to...

Craig Levein warns SFA against endangering competitiveness with fines

Hearts were charged by the SFA this week over a confrontation in their match against Aberdeen. Hearts manager Craig Levein claims the Scottish Football Association’s disciplinary approach risks removing the competitive edge of football which is loved by fans. Hearts and Aberdeen were hit with an SFA disciplinary charge this week over a confrontation in their game last weekend, while Rangers and Celtic suffered the same fate and Hoops skipper Scott Brown also received a charge following his post-match celebrations. Hibernian head coach Paul Heckingbottom revealed on Thursday that he was anticipating the kind of “blood and thunder” derby which he feels English football has lost when he takes his side to face Levein’s Hearts on Saturday. The former Barnsley and Leeds b...

Paul Heckingbottom “delighted” with top-six place for Hibernian

Paul Heckingbottom insists the mouth-watering finale to Hibernian‘s campaign will be the litmus test for his players after securing top-six football in the Ladbrokes Premiership. A hard-fought 0-0 stalemate against Kilmarnock extended Hibs’ unbeaten streak in the league since the Englishman’s arrival, racking up five victories and two draws. That has proved enough to ensure the Easter Road outfit will be facing the big guns after the split. And, allied with Saturday’s highly-anticipated Edinburgh derby, Heckingbottom cannot wait to see what his side are made of in the coming weeks. He said: “I’m delighted to get top six. The players deserve a massive pat on the back. Five wins and two draws is great and we want build on that now – put it in the bank and ...

Paul Heckingbottom admits Hibs win was “hard work”

Paul Hanlon and Stevie Mallan were on the scoresheet for the capital club, who have moved up to fifth. Hibernian head coach Paul Heckingbottom hailed the attitude of his players after revealing he told them to make the encounter more scrappy in order to overcome a stubborn Livingston side. The capital club climbed into fifth spot in the Ladbrokes Premiership with a hard-fought 2-1 triumph over the Lions. Second-half strikes from Paul Hanlon and Stevie Mallan did the damage before Ryan Hardie pulled a goal back from the penalty spot in injury time. Hibs have now racked up 16 points from a possible 18 in the league since Heckingbottom took charge – and he believes his charges showed their versatility by going back to basics following an underwhelming first period. Heckingbottom said: “...

Result: Paul Hanlon, Stevie Mallan see Hibs past Livingston

Hibernian moved a step closer to cementing their top-six status in the Ladbrokes Premiership with a deserved 2-0 win over Livingston. Second-half strikes from Paul Hanlon and man of the match Stevie Mallan were enough to see off the determined hosts in a hard-fought clash in West Lothian. The triumph means Hibs head coach Paul Heckingbottom has now picked up 16 points from a possible 18 in the league since taking charge, catapulting the capital club up to fifth spot. They are seven points clear of seventh-placed St Johnstone and above Hearts for the first time all season – albeit having played a game more than both sides ahead of Saturday’s fixtures. Livingston were dealt a hammer blow when Craig Halkett was ruled out prior to kick-off – he failed to recover from a leg injury sustain...

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