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A loss would have been criminal

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Brendan Rodgers feels that it would have been criminal if Celtic had left Hibs without a point.

The champions looked in course for full points when a double from Scott Sinclair put them 2-0 in front on the hour mark.

Hibs struck back with two goals within three minutes and as both sides traded chances Mikael Lustig cleared a shot off the line in the third and final minute of stoppage time.

Reflecting on that incident to the Celtic website Rodgers said: “That was the craziest thing about it as you could actually lose the game, and to lose the game would have been a crime.

“The level of our play today was exceptional – our movement, our positioning, our creativity, and defensively we were very strong but that last 15 minutes, not so good.”

Rodgers has previously talked about strengthening his central defence with that view reinforced to today’s turnaround.

Celtic could have been four or five in front before Hibs were thrown a lifeline from a poorly defended corner that allowed Efe Ambrose to score from close range despite Scott Brown’s despairing effort to clear the ball.

Ollie Shaw then equalised with both sides having chances to win the match.

In the final minute of stoppage time Shaw had his shot cleared off the line by before Celtic created a chance at the other end that Sinclair blazed over the bar.

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