Hibee History: Scott Brown helps to shoot down his new club
Scott Brown marked his final game for Hibs by helping them to victory against new club Celtic.
The 21-year-old, who agreed a £4.4m summer move to Celtic on Wednesday, headed in a 60th-minute equaliser from Dean Shiels’ cross. That left substitute Ivan Sproule to break clear and fire a late winner.
Former Hibee Derek Riordan had put Celtic ahead after 56 minutes when the striker powered down the left and finished from the tightest of angles.
But that goal came against the run of play and Hibs’ dramatic victory, which ended a run of nine games without a win, was as deserved as it was unlikely.
Celtic, whose manager Gordan Strachan sat in the stands after undergoing a hip operation, made a host of changes with the Scottish Cup final in mind - keeper Mark Brown and midfielder Theodore Bjarnason making their debuts.
Hibs, looking for their first home win over Celtic in 12 games, were the better side in the first-half.
Brown, who was loudly cheered by both home and away fans, relished his chance to impress and he was unlucky not to make contact with a fine David Murphy cross after just six minutes.
Hibs had much the better of the first-half, without making too many clear-cut chances, while Celtic were limited to a Bjarnason shot which was tipped onto the bar by Andrew McNeil.
Celtic looked to be asserting themselves on the game after the break when Craig Beattie latched on to a Thomas Gravesen pass and stroked the ball home, only to be flagged offside.
Nonetheless, Riordan’s goal came as something of a surprise.
The ex-Hibs player was chased to the byeline by Chris Hogg but still managed to get in a shot which somehow beat Hibs keeper Andrew McNeil.
Four minutes later, Brown’s flying header levelled matters and Merouane Zemmama should have made it 2-1 two minutes from the end but he blazed over from six yards out.
But there was still time for a final twist, Sproule rounding Celtic’s Brown and firing through Stephen McManus’ legs.
Hibs: McNeil, Whittaker, Jones, Hogg, Murphy, Stevenson, Zemmama, Scott Brown (Chisholm 90), McCann, Fletcher (Campbell 82), Shiels (Sproule 83). Subs Not Used: Simon Brown, Beuzelin, Gray, Martis.
Celtic: Brown, Perrier Doumbe, Kennedy, McManus, O’Dea, Hartley, Caldwell, Gravesen (McGeady 69), Bjarnason, Riordan, Beattie (Sheridan 88). Subs Not Used: McGovern, Irdine, Conroy, Cuthbert, Paul Caddis.
Ref: Iain Brines.