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Hibs humble 10-man Celtic, Rangers held by Hearts

Greenwatch News Desk Football 2023-05-25, 10:38pm

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Glasgow, 25 May  - Celtic slumped to just a third domestic defeat of the season as Hibernian beat Ange Postecoglou's 10 men 4-2, while Rangers were held 2-2 by Hearts on Wednesday.

Either side of retaining their Scottish Premiership title, Celtic have won just two of their last six games as the newly-crowned champions have come off the boil.

Postecoglou gave some of his fringe players the chance to shine at Easter Road and they led 2-1 through Reo Hatate's penalty and Oh Hyeon-gyu with 20 minutes to go.

But Daizen Maeda's dismissal for a second yellow card changed the game as Elie Youan, Kevin Nisbet's penalty and Alexandro Bernabei's own goal gave Hibs hope of pipping Edinburgh rivals Hearts into fourth on the final day of the season.

"This is on me, I'm making lots of changes and playing guys who haven't played in a long time and in many ways, that's unfair on them but that's just my way of doing things," said Postecoglou.

Hearts cannot catch Aberdeen in the race for third and guaranteed group stage European football next season despite taking a point at Ibrox.

Australian teenager Garang Kuol scored a stoppage-time equaliser for the visitors after goals from Todd Cantwell and Fashion Sakala cancelled out Lawrence Shankland's first-minute opener for Hearts.

Graeme Shinnie scored twice as Aberdeen beat St Mirren 3-0 to secure third.

At the bottom of the table, Dundee United were all but condemned to relegation after a 3-0 home defeat to Kilmarnock.

Last-placed United are three points adrift of Ross County, but must also overturn an eight-goal deficit on goal difference on the final day.

County were pegged back by a late St Johnstone equaliser in a 3-3 draw at Dingwall, having come from 2-0 down to lead 3-2.

However, they can still avoid the relegation playoff with victory at Kilmarnock on Sunday.

Motherwell's Kevin van Veen equalled the post-war record of scoring in 10 consecutive Scottish top-flight games in a 1-1 draw at Livingston.