'We made it tough for ourselves' - Hibs winger Martin Boyle rues errors in Celtic defeat

Boyle accepts Hibs orchestrated their own downfall against Celtic

Monday, 16th December 2019, 6:00 am
Martin Boyle (left) and Fraser Murray leave the pitch after the 2-0 loss to Celtic

Martin Boyle feels Hibs contributed to their own downfall against Celtic by giving the ball away in dangerous areas.

A Ryan Porteous mistake gifted Neil Lennon's side a first-half opener from Jeremie Frimpong before the Glasgow side hit on Hibs the break through Odsonne Edouard to seal the win.

The Australian internationalist said: "It was a difficult game, the way the move the ball, their movement off it. But we made it tough for ourselves. We were punished for giving the ball away.

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"We want to be on the attack and try to hurt them, but we were maybe a wee bit too open.

Boyle went close to opening the scoring himself with a shot which crept wide of Fraser Forster's goal, but he insisted: "If it goes in it might have made a difference - but we did not create enough clear-cut chances to win the game."

Hibs now face Rangers - who will be without suspended striker Alfredo Morelos - at Easter Road on Friday night and Boyle added: "It's a massive game. We are at home and we know what is at stake, a crucial three points.

"Morelos might be missing but they have players who can come and hurt us. You could say we owe them [after losing 6-1 to Rangers earlier in the season] but if we get the three points we will be happy.

"We'll have to be at our best."