The corresponding visit to Easter Road last year, in November, was when the stark reality hit in our house. Celtic were not going to win the league, with all the consequences that brought. Hibs led 2-0 that day before ‘Hibs-ing’ it, but a Diego Laxalt equaliser in stoppage time did not move the dial for Celtic. There were many worse results that season, but for me, this was the punch in the stomach.
Celtic won all three visits to Easter Road in 2011, two in the league and one in a League Cup tie 10 years ago yesterday. The decade since that win has saw us record three wins there, two in the league and a significant Scottish Cup win when Neil Lennon stepped into heat left by Brendan Rodgers. It is by any measure a difficult venue.
Hibs had a great start to the season, unbeaten in nine domestic games before the wheels came off, bringing defeats in their last three games against Newco, Dundee United and Aberdeen. There is a story with each defeat: a red card, chances taken and not taken, even during this period their form has been better than results indicate. You get the feeling they have ability but lack resilience.
Ange Postecoglou will not know or care of our historical results at Easter Road. He has a better squad than Jack Ross, with players who can carve open opponents at will and a defence that has not conceded in three weeks. A win tonight will close off the first round of Premiership fixtures with Celtic on the front foot.