CELTIC passed up the chance to reclaim top spot in the Ladbrokes Premiership when they crashed to a 2-0 defeat to Hibernian at Easter Road this afternoon.

Vykintas Slivka scored for Neil Lennon’s team in the very first minute and the home side forged further ahead in the 59th minute when Florian Kamberi netted on the counter attack.

Brendan Rodgers’ side were disappointing and are now a point behind Kilmarnock, who they beat 5-1 at home last weekend, in the top flight table with two games in hand.

Celtic hadn’t conceded a goal in the first-half in all 19 of the games they had played domestically this season going into the match. But they fell behind after just 46 seconds.

Oli Shaw supplied Slivka who stepped inside Jozo Simunovic and curled a left-footed shot beyond Craig Gordon and into the bottom left corner.

The home team continued to dominate after taking the lead and Gordon did well to palm a dipping Stevie Mallan free-kick wide of his goal.

Loose balls from Efe Ambrose and Steven Whittaker in the middle of the park were pounced on by Callum McGregor and James Forrest in the first-half and Hibs were lucky not to concede as a result.

The capital club had Ryan Porteous to thank for keeping them in front in the 26th minute. The centre half intercepted a Forrest cut back with Odsonne Edouard waiting unmarked at the back post.

But Sean Mackie replaced scorer Slivka, who sustained an injury after a foul by Scott Brown which the Celtic captain was booked for, at half-time and set up Kamberi for the second.

Rodgers put on Jonny Hayes, Lewis Morgan and Mikey Johnston in a bid to get his team back into the game, but Celtic were unable to breach their opponents' rearguard.