The home team, led by first-team coach Gavin Strachan with coach Neil Lennon and 14 of his players absent due to Covid-19 restrictions, believed they had taken all three points when David Turnbull opened the scoring with a magnificent nine-minute free kick. of time.
However, Nisbet appeared in the first minute of the stoppage time to earn the visitors a deserved share of the booty, with Celtic now a mammoth 21 points behind Rangers, albeit with three games in hand over their rivals from the city, while Hibs remains fourth in the table.
Celtic: Hazard (6), Duffy (7), Soro (7), Turnbull (8), Rogic (6), Johnston (6), Frimpong (6), McGregor (6), Harper (6), Welsh (6), Laxalt (6)
Submarines: Dembele (6) Okoflex (6), Henderson (6)
Hibs: Macey (7), P. McGinn (6), Porteous (6), Hanlon (6), Doig (7), Hallberg (7), Gogic (7), Wright (6), Newell (7), Murphy (8) ), Nisbet (9)
Submarines: Stevenson (6), S. McGinn (6), Doidge (7)
Man of the match: Kevin Nisbet
How Hibs’ late show hampered Celtic’s title bid
Captain Scott Brown led the list of notable absentees, with no sign of first-choice goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas, defenders Kristopher Ajer and Hatem abd Elhamed, midfielders Mohamed Elyounoussi, Ryan Christie and Olivier Ntcham and strikers Odsonne Edouard, Neither do Leigh Griffiths and Albian Ajeti. .
Still, the champions were still able to field a squad containing eight established first-team mates, while substitutes Conor Hazard and Stephen Welsh have both played a handful of games this season.
Only US winger Cameron Harper was new to the first team as he started out ahead.
Hibs reluctantly lined up after failing with a late attempt to force Celtic to retest their team, having been warned by FPSL that they would face “serious consequences” if they did not complete the game.
It was no surprise to see them offer the game to their hosts from the start and they created three chances in the first 10 minutes. Celtic did better to close the gaps after that, but were not dominant.
Still, they might have grabbed a lead if Harper hadn’t shot himself – finding only the side net – when Tom Rogic and Turnbull were screaming for a cut.
Ismaila Soro and Diego Laxalt both tried their luck from a distance in the minutes leading up to the break, but former Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Macey – who was making his Hibs debut – got his hands on both efforts. Alternate skipper Callum McGregor was then dragged away after being played by Turnbull’s spoon pass.
Harper had to be replaced within an hour of a cramped fall, but with none of their heavy hitters to turn to, Strachan was forced to bring in another young Armstrong Oko-Flex.
But that only underscored Celtic’s lack of a tip and Hibs was quickly getting back on the front foot and would have opened the scoring had it not been for Hazard’s brave blocking of Melker Hallberg.
Celtic first-team coach Gavin Strachan was still able to name a pretty solid roster, with players like Ismaila Soro, David Turnbull, Tom Rogic and Callum McGregor starting six substitutions after their 1-0 loss to the Rangers. last time.
But the hosts didn’t have star names like captain Scott Brown, Odsonne Edouard, Kristoffer Ajer, goalkeepers Vasilis Barkas and Scott Bain, while their bench was mostly made up of young players.
It appears, however, that Turnbull had taken the hosts out of jail with eight minutes left. Brought back by Hibs submarine Stephen McGinn, he stood up to deliver a fabulous free kick over the wall and passed Macey.
But Celtic’s Achilles heel was again exposed 60 seconds after the stoppage time. Stevie Mallan’s free kick was met by Paul McGinn as he climbed up Turnbull. Shane Duffy cleared the line, but only as far as Nisbet, who slammed into another at close range.
It was a devastating blow for the hoops and another may have followed soon after – but Mallan saw his strike crawl over the bar.
Homme du match – Kevin Nisbet
The Hibs forward expertly led the line at Parkhead, providing a constant threat to the revamped Celtic backline with his smart runs behind the hosts’ fullbacks.
The 23-year-old was unlucky not to be on the scoresheet in the first half, but you always knew if a chance came after the break he would likely grab it.
And while it seemed like that opportunity never presented itself, the forward found himself in the right place, at exactly the right time, to keep his cool in front of goal late and earn his team a deserved point with the one of the simplest. ends his career.
Celtic host Livingston, while the Hibs entertain Kilmarnock, with both games starting at 3 p.m. Saturday.