CELTIC don’t seem to be in any great rush to wrap up this eighth league title in a row.

But for all their lack of urgency over recent times, they could well be crowned champions next weekend.

Perhaps Neil Lennon and his players have worked out how many points they need to win and drop enough to give them the opportunity to clinch their championship at Ibrox!

If Celtic beat Kilmarnock at Parkhead on Saturday afternoon, then anything other than a Rangers victory over Aberdeen at Ibrox 24 hours later will at last make the inevitable official. Supporters, some of them at least, have been less than impressed with their team in recent weeks but too much football and not enough pressure must have an effect on even the best players.

In saying that, Lennon didn’t miss them with his after-match comments. He has not been impressed with a couple of aspects of his team’s play.

The sharpness has not been there, aside from the Aberdeen semi-final, and it is as if that now the pressure is off, it brings out the averageness of players are anything but average.

Two goal-less draws have delayed the title celebrations. Hibernian had their chances to score and played well at times but by the end they were happy with a point. Paul Heckingbottom has still to lose a league game since taking over from the man he was up against at Easter Road. That’s an incredible run.

This game was similar to the match with Livingstone in that Lennon’s side lacked imagination and a killer instinct, added to the fact they came up against a superb goalkeeper.

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It was Liam Kelly two weeks ago. Yesterday it was Ofir Marciano who pulled off a string of fine saves late on in match which, if either team were going to win, would have only needed one goal to collect all three points.

Lennon conceded Celtic lacked physicality and quality, and that one or two players didn’t have the right attitude. Olivier Ntcham wasn’t named but the Frenchman was seriously poor before being hauled off after an hour.

Indeed, a few need to have a look at themselves. Lennon was right to say the holidays haven’t began.

As for Hibs, in David Gray they have a superb captain. The right-back was outstanding here. He won tackles, broke up attacks, put his body on the line time and again and would have been man of the match had Marciano not had one of his best days in a Hibs jersey.

It will be interesting to watch what Heckingbottom does during the summer. He has a good core of players which, with help, could easily move up a level or two.

A good game tried its best to break out all day. Hibs were the better side for most of the first-half. Only a minute had gone when Daryl Horgan’s smart turn at the edge of Celtic’s box allowed him to get a shot on target which Scott Bain dealt with.

Within minutes, Stephane Omeonga got power and precision on a long-ranger effort which Bain had to pal around his own post.

Celtic hummed and hawed. Johnny Hayes had a good game but his delivery is a weakness. In saying that, he took the game to Hibs at times. James Forrest got a lot of the ball but too often he only had a well-marked Odsonne Edouard to cross to.

Ntcham isn’t so much hot and cold. More fire and ice. This was not his day but did produced one piece of quality. On the 25th minute, a Hayes cross sailed over heads and was picked up my Mikael Lustig. The Swede cut back to Ntcham, his first time shot from 20 yards was perfect but he was denied by Marciano’s agility.

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As the game progressed, Hibs sat deeper, Celtic enjoyed a lot of possession but found the Hibs goalie impossible to beat.

On 65 minutes, Paul Hanlon brought down Hayes on the edge of the Hibs box. Edouard’s delivery from the free-kick was sublime, a lovely dipping angle shot which would have sent the ball into the top corner only for Marciano to get his left hand up to make a superb save.

Edouard allowed a Forrest cross to hit off him, he hadn’t expected the ball right in front of goal, and Tom Rogic, having made Darren McGregor look very silly, put a left foot shot just wide of the post.

For all that Celtic were in control, Hibs almost scored with four minutes to go. Omeonga’s cross was cleverly headed towards goal by Vykintas Slivka where Olly Shaw was lurking. He got to the ball but Bain read the situation and blocked the shot.

Injury time was something else.

Soon into the added five minutes, Celtic moved the ball about well, Timo Weah’s smart backheel gave Edouard a glimpse of goal. This was his moment to get his team another late winner but Marciano got off his line and hands up to make a sensational save

And then right at the death, a McGregor corner was met with some force by Jozo Simunovic, it was a goal any day of the week apart from this one because Marciano somehow got his hand to the ball. It was a brilliant save.

It would be wrong to suggest Celtic are stumbling over the line.Players such as McGregor and Forrest can’t have much left. To criticise them would be excessive in the extreme.

But Lennon must find a way of injecting a bit of life into some. There remains a derby and a Scottish Cup final and any team can find it night on impossible to get back to their best of levels are allowed to drop off at this stage of the game.

Again, with an eighth title maybe days away and treble Treble within touching distance, it is almost comical to hear moans and groans from within the Celtic support.