Young Hibees suffer heavy defeat by Celtic

Callum Crane's injury forced Hibs to play the closing minutes of the game with ten men
Callum Crane's injury forced Hibs to play the closing minutes of the game with ten men
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Hibs’ Development Squad struggled to cope with their Celtic counterparts as the visitors ran out 5-0 winners at Ainslie Park.

Ciaran Lafferty, Calvin Miller, Aidan Nesbitt and Jack Breslin gave Celtic a 4-0 half-time lead – one which Hibs never looked like overturning.

Regan Hendry made it 5-0 from the spot before Callum Crane left the field with an injury – meaning Hibs finished without 11 players on the pitch for the second game running.

Celtic dominated and in the 13th minute headers from Lafferty and Jamie McCart came close to opening the scoring.

The visitors took the lead in the 29th minute. Hibs were slack in possession and Hendry’s slick pass with his heel found Lafferty and he tucked the ball low in the corner.

Five minutes later and it was 2-0. Miller’s speculative shot trundled into the net via goalkeeper Sean Brennan’s hands.

Hibs rallied and Conner Duthie’s corner was destined to find the net, but Leo Fasan’s punch out fell to Aaron Scott whose half-volley was deflected over the bar.

Nesbitt spectacularly beat Brennan from range in the 43rd minute, before Breslin made it 4-0 two minutes later.

Brennan was forced into making several saves to keep the score at 4-0 early on in the second half, but it was soon five.

Aaron Dunsmore fouled Hendry in the box and the Celtic youngster dusted himself down and sent Brennan the wrong way from the spot in the 58th minute.

Celtic continued to dominate the match in the remaining 30 minutes with Hibs making rare forays forward – but they were unable to test Fasan.

The Hoops, runners-up in the Development League last season to Aberdeen, were keen to shoot on sight and were unfortunate not to add a sixth goal.

Crane left the field limping late on and, with all substitutes used, Hibs finished the game with ten men, as they slumped to defeat in their second match of the season.

Hibernian Development Squad: Brennan, Dunsmore (Donaldson, 71), McGregor, Waugh, Crane, Smith, Scott, Stirling, Duthie (Murray, 69), Watson (Breen, 61), Shaw.