Celtic held to a draw in Len­non Park­head re­turn

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER -

NEIL Len­non re­turned to Celtic Park as Hiber­nian boss and left with a Lad­brokes Pre­mier­ship point after John McGinn and Cal­lum Mc­Gre­gor both scored a dou­ble.

The former Hoops player and man­ager was given a warm re­cep­tion from the home fans be­fore Mc­Gre­gor drove in the opener in the 15th minute. Two stun­ning strikes by McGinn after the break put the Easter Road side ahead be­fore Mc­Gre­gor lev­elled with 10 min­utes re­main­ing to ex­tend Celtic’s un­beaten do­mes­tic run to 58 games. Celtic boss Bren­dan Rodgers was with­out in­jured cap­tain Scott Brown and fel­low mid­fielder Stu­art Arm­strong.

There was a Celtic penalty claim in the 87 th minute, when Efe Am­brose ap­peared to im­pede Scott Sin­clair be­fore the Hoops sub had his shot par­ried away by Ross Laid­law. Ref­eree Wil­lie Col­lum ig­nored the ap­peals. top. Ju­nior Hoi­lett had Cardiff ’s best chance in the first pe­riod and the sec­ond half was live­lier than be­fore the break, with Tom Lawrence stand­ing out in the Derby ranks.

Tom Hud­dle­stone put a shot wide for the vis­i­tors and al­though Cardiff pushed for a goal, only a su­perb point­blank stop from Neil Etheridge de­nied David Nu­gent a late Derby win­ner. Kieran Dow­ell helped Mark War­bur­ton’s side fight back fol­low­ing John Lund­stram’s opener for the Blades.

United started the day sec­ond in the table after a fly­ing start to the cam­paign, but de­spite pil­ing on the pres­sure in the final stages, they could not find a way past Reds keeper Jor­dan Smith. For­est ended a poor run of three straight de­feats. City’s first win at Port­man Road for 39 years. Mar­tyn Waghorn replied for Ip­swich, but Mick McCarthy’s side slipped to their sec­ond de­feat in three matches. with 10 men after Neil Tay­lor was sent off in the 88th minute fol­low­ing a tackle on Adam Le Fon­dre.

It was Villa’s fourth suc­ces­sive vic­tory in a run of seven un­beaten games, while poor Bolton, still with only two points, slumped to their ninth de­feat and 11th game with­out a win.

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