Rangers loan out winger Jamie Murphy scored one and set up another, but Hibernian had to settle for a 2-2 draw against champion Celtic at Easter Road after Diego Laxalt’s tie in injury time.
Celtic fended off two goals against to salvage a point, but the Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers have a chance to move 11 points clear when they host Aberdeen on Sunday.
Murphy and Kevin Nisbet scored within seven minutes at the start of the second half and Celtic looked like a beaten team until substitute Odsonne Edouard converted a penalty in the 79th minute.
Laxalt scored the tying goal in injury time when the pressure paid off, but even then Hibs had a chance to win it.
Neil Lennon’s team has now recorded just two wins in eight games in all competitions and could fall further behind the Rangers, although they will have two games in hand, Sunday night.
Hibernian was missing striker Christian Doidge, while Celtic started with Albian Ajeti in front. Edouard rested after hitting a midweek double to equal France Under-21’s goal record with 15 of 10 appearances.
Ajeti created a decent early opportunity for himself with a nice 20-yard spin. However, the Swiss forward shot high and wide and Celtic had almost no penalty threat until Edouard came off the bench.
Celtic dominated possession in the first half, but Hibs looked dangerous when he got ahead and Kristoffer Ajer made good blocks from Martin Boyle and Sean Mackie.
Boyle had a good chance when Laxalt got caught under a Murphy cross, but he deflected his header.
Lennon wasn’t happy that Ryan Christie had played roughly three 90-minute batches in six days for Scotland, but the midfielder came to life midway through the half.
The hero of Scotland’s goal against Serbia first beat Ryan Porteous with brilliant skill before Mohamed Elyounoussi had a blocked shot. He then tested Ofir Marciano twice from a distance with the Israeli goalkeeper pushing both shots out.
Elyounoussi soon headed wide under pressure after initially landing a run at Christie’s corner, but the last chance of the half fell to Joe Newell, the Hibs midfielder without conviction with his effort from 18 yards.
Marciano stopped another Christie ranger after the break before referee Bobby Madden signaled the spot after Scott Brown made an unnecessary and awkward attempt to reach the ball in front of Boyle at the bye line amid little danger.
Scott Bain saved Nisbet well, but Murphy was first on the rebound and got on the scoreboard to give Hibs a lead in the 52nd minute. Lennon wasted little time getting Edouard to replace Ajeti, but Celtic’s task grew even more in 60 seconds.
Murphy was able to head an unopposed diagonal ball into the path of Nisbet, who had room to punch a shot for the first time from the far post.
Porteous headed not far as Celtic’s comeback initially didn’t materialize, before Marciano made two good saves on Edouard’s efforts from around 18 yards.
Lennon had made a double change between those opportunities, Leigh Griffiths and Shane Duffy replaced Brown and Elyounoussi in a form change.
The visitors got a lifeline when Madden penalized Paul McGinn for handball and Edouard scored the penalty.
Celtic increased the pressure and Marciano held back the efforts of Callum McGregor, Christie and Tom Rogic before Laxalt shot high into the net from the second ball following a Griffiths free throw from outside. Hibs left back Sean Mackie fired off a good chance moments later.
Hibernian host St Johnstone on Tuesday in Scottish Premiership; start 7pm. Celtic return to Europa League action Thursday at Sparta Prague; Kick-off 5.55pm.