James Forrest inspired Celtic to their 13th domestic win in a row as they easily swept aside Kilmarnock.

The Scotland winger was involved in both of Celtic's first half strikes; creating Joe Ledley's opener then instigating Lee Ashcroft's own goal.

Charlie Mulgrew and Amido Balde struck in the second half to give the score-line a more realistic look.

The visitors rarely threatened as goalkeeper Fraser Forster reached 1,000 minutes without conceding domestically.

It was a second successive four-goal salvo for Celtic manager Neil Lennon as his side moved 18 points clear of second-placed Aberdeen.

Kilmarnock left Scotland striker Kris Boyd on the bench, while new signing Alexei Eremenko was not fit enough to make the squad.

It is doubtful if either man would have made much difference up front, where William Gros rarely got a touch as Allan Johnston's men were left chasing shadows.

It was an ominous sign of things to come when Kris Commons was held back in the box by Manuel Pascali, but referee Brian Colvin waved away the penalty claims.

Only two minutes later and Celtic had their lead, this time Forrest was the ringleader and Ledley side-footed his cross into the far corner.

Then it was Kilmarnock's turn to call for a penalty when Gros appeared to be clipped by Virgil Van Dijk, but once more the referee refused to point to the spot.

That was as far forward as the Rugby Park men got in the first 45 minutes and, after Forrest turned Jeroen Tesselaar inside out, the unlucky Lee Ashcroft directed the ball past his own goalkeeper to double the deficit.

Scott Brown, Teemu Pukki and Van Dijk all passed up opportunities before the break and the second half continued in the same vein.

Mulgrew hit the post after another Forrest cross before he eventually found the net when he skilfully collected Ledley's perfectly weighted pass and poked it home.

Kilmarnock were struggling to get anywhere near their hosts, but England goalkeeper Forster was called into action when Pascali tested him with a fine volley after a deep cross from Rory McKenzie.

The on-form Commons should have made it 4-0 when great link-up play with Mulgrew set him free, but he slipped his shot just wide when one-on-one with goalkeeper Craig Samson.

Van Dijk had the goal gaping as the game entered the last 10 minutes, but he somehow found the side netting.

However, substitute Balde grabbed the elusive fourth when his weak shot slipped through Samson's gloves.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Celtic

  • 01 Forster
  • 41 Fisher
  • 03 Izaguirre
  • 21 Mulgrew (Johansen - 82' )
  • 04 Ambrose Emuobo
  • 05 van Dijk
  • 08 Brown
  • 16 Ledley
  • 20 Pukki (Balde - 71' Booked )
  • 49 Forrest (Boerrigter - 77' )
  • 15 Commons

Substitutes

  • 06 Biton
  • 09 Samaras
  • 11 Boerrigter
  • 17 Balde
  • 24 Zaluska
  • 25 Johansen
  • 34 O'Connell

Kilmarnock

  • 01 Samson
  • 16 Clohessy (O'Hara - 53' )
  • 02 Tesselaar Booked
  • 08 Clingan
  • 30 Ashcroft
  • 29 Pascali Booked
  • 18 McKenzie
  • 28 Slater
  • 11 Gros
  • 33 Muirhead (Gardyne - 76' )
  • 36 Kiltie (Nicholson - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Nicholson
  • 09 Boyd
  • 10 Johnston
  • 12 Reguero Chapinal
  • 22 Maksimenko
  • 25 Gardyne
  • 26 O'Hara
Ref: Brian Colvin
Att: 44,271

Match Stats

Shots

16 2

On target

7 1

Corners

7 4

Fouls

4 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Celtic 4, Kilmarnock 0.

90:00 +2:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Celtic 4, Kilmarnock 0.

90:00 +1:36 Booking

Booking Amido Baldé (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 4, Kilmarnock 0. Amido Baldé (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kris Commons.

90:00 +0:27

Attempt missed. William Gros (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

87:58 Booking

Booking Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

87:54

Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:54

Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

86:49

Attempt missed. Joe Ledley (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

85:22

Foul by Amido Baldé (Celtic).

85:22

Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:39

Attempt missed. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

81:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Stefan Johansen replaces Charlie Mulgrew.

81:04

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

78:30

Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

76:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Derk Boerrigter replaces James Forrest.

76:07

Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Celtic).

76:07

Michael Gardyne (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. Michael Gardyne replaces Robbie Muirhead.

74:19

Attempt saved. James Forrest (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

73:43

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Mark O'Hara.

72:24

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

72:16

Attempt blocked. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

70:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Amido Baldé replaces Teemu Pukki.

70:06

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Craig Samson.

69:46

Attempt missed. Teemu Pukki (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

68:12

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:12

Foul by Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock).

67:49

Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).

67:49

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 3, Kilmarnock 0. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Ledley.

65:20 Booking

Booking Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

65:14

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:14

Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).

63:03

Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

58:47

Attempt missed. Teemu Pukki (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is too high following a fast break.

57:47

Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

52:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. Mark O'Hara replaces Sean Clohessy because of an injury.

51:00

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

50:45

Attempt saved. Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

50:10

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Emilio Izaguirre.

45:00

Second Half begins Celtic 2, Kilmarnock 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. Barry Nicholson replaces Greg Kiltie.

45:00 +0:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Celtic 2, Kilmarnock 0.

42:27

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

42:27

Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).

41:25

Attempt missed. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

38:14

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

27:54

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Craig Samson.

27:41

Attempt saved. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

27:20

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Manuel Pascali.

23:21

Joe Ledley (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:21

Foul by Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock).

22:25

Attempt missed. Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

20:36 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Lee Ashcroft, Kilmarnock. Celtic 2, Kilmarnock 0.

18:33

Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

14:55

Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:55

Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).

13:25

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

10:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 1, Kilmarnock 0. Joe Ledley (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Forrest.

10:13

Darnell Fisher (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:13

Foul by Craig Slater (Kilmarnock).

6:10

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Manuel Pascali.

4:01

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:01

Foul by Sean Clohessy (Kilmarnock).

2:23

Darnell Fisher (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

2:23

Foul by Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock).

1:28

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

1:28

Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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