Celtic held to a draw in Lennon Parkhead return
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.