Celtic 1-0 Hibernian: Leigh Griffiths scores winner against former side
Last Updated: 27/01/18 5:41pm
Leigh Griffiths scored against former club Hibernian for the first time to give Celtic a narrow 1-0 Premiership win at Parkhead.
In what was Brendan Rodgers' 100th game as Hoops boss, the returning striker struck in the 27th minute before an injury minutes later meant he was replaced by Moussa Dembele.
Griffiths' 14th goal of the season was enough to take all three points from a Hibs side who had drawn 2-2 with Celtic in their previous two league games this season.
The Scotland striker had recovered from an ankle knock to come off the bench to score the winner at Partick Thistle on Tuesday night and there was no surprise that he replaced Odsonne Edouard, while defender Jozo Simunovic came in for Mikael Lustig with centre-back Dedryck Boyata moving to right back.
Hibs had themselves to blame for Griffiths' goal; skipper Paul Hanlon failed to deal with a Kieran Tierney cross from the left, his weak headed clearance immediately returned on the angle past Ofir Marciano by the Scotland striker with centre-back Darren McGregor unable to stop it crossing the line.
There was a muted celebration from Hibs-supporting Griffiths in front of the travelling fans but his inner joy turned to despair minutes later when he limped off.
Dembele came on for his first piece of action this year with Rodgers having recently expressed concern that transfer speculation had affected him and ended the afternoon with a booking for simulation.
Hibs midfielder John McGinn forced a decent save from Dorus de Vries with a powerful 25-yard drive in the 78th minute and the match swung to and fro in the final, nervy minutes.
However, Celtic stood firm although, with a Europa League tie against Zenit Saint Petersburg coming up, they will wait nervously on news of the collateral damage from Griffiths' injury.