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By ESPN Staff

SPL: Celtic come from two behind to snatch draw

GLASGOW, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Champions Celtic bounced back from two goals down to avoid their first home league defeat of the season in the Scottish Premier on Tuesday as they earned a late 2-2 draw with Dundee United.

David Robertson fired United in front with a goal on 17 minutes and Trinidad and Tobago striker Collin Samuel made it 2-0 just before the hour.

But Celtic surged back with two goals in two minutes from Darren O'Dea on 78 and then Japanese midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura.

'We were in control and the disappointing thing is that once we conceded Celtic's first goal, we let it affect us and we sat deeper,' United manager Craig Levein said.

'That is one of the things you don't want to do, especially here.'

Celtic top the standings on 52 points from 21 matches while Aberdeen moved into second with 37 from 21 after a 3-1 home win over Kilmarnock. Third placed Rangers, on 35 from 20, play at Inverness Caley Thistle on Wednesday.

Fourth-placed Hearts beat 10-man Hibernian 3-2 in an exciting Edinburgh derby with Lithuanian forward Saulius Mikoliunas netting the winner.

Paul Hartley put Hearts ahead in just two minutes with a fine low shot from Roman Bednar's pass before striker Edgaras Jankauskas forced in a six metre shot to put the hosts 2-0 up after 49 minutes.

Hibs' Polish keeper Zibi Malkowski spilled a free kick from Hartley and Jankauskas pounced to score.

Hibs stormed back with New Zealand striker Chris Killen heading home a corner on 54 minutes and Dean Shiels levelled seven minutes later with a penalty after he had been brought down by Lithuanian Nerijus Barasa.

His celebrations quickly turned sour as he was sent off for clashing with keeper Craig Gordon which sparked a brief melee.

Mikoliunas had the final say, crashing in a rising shot from the edge of the penalty area into the top right corner after 69 minutes for what proved the winner.