Scottish Premiership
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Kilmarnock 0-1 Celtic

An incredible last-minute strike from Tom Rogic gave Celtic a precious victory against Kilmarnock.

Both sides had chances to win with Killie's Kris Boyd testing keeper Craig Gordon and Celtic's Erik Sviatchenko having a header cleared off the line.

But it was disappointment in the end for Lee Clark, who had watched his struggling side defend valiantly.

And Rogic ensured Celtic go into the international break four points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Ronny Deila's side re-established a four-point gap over Aberdeen, who lost to Motherwell later on Saturday, with Celtic's next league game against Hearts on 2 April.

Dogged Killie

Both sides at Rugby Park were desperate for the three points, but for very different reasons.

Kilmarnock are eager not to be dragged into a relegation battle with Dundee United, who trail them by eight points ahead of their meeting with Dundee on Sunday, while Celtic are well aware of the Dons snapping at their heels in the title fight.

Celtic handed a first league start to Turkish forward Colin Kazim-Richards and Clark had to make do without his top scorer Josh Magennis, who rolled his ankle in training, and Steven Smith, who is out for the season.

The first real chance fell to Kilmarnock's Boyd, whose angled volley from a Kallum Higginbotham centre was blocked well by Gordon.

The visitors looked content to nibble away at a pretty solid home defence - Leigh Griffiths and Sviatchenko both watching headers flash wide.

Kilmarnock and Celtic players
Sviatchenko (second from right) had a headed chance for Celtic in the first half

Deila switched his formation to accommodate Kris Commons' replacement Patrick Roberts in the second half but Lee Hodson almost took advantage of some positional confusion in the Celtic midfield as he burst through to fire just past a post.

Denmark international Sviatchenko thought he had broken the deadlock with a header from Roberts' corner only to be foiled by Julien Faubert's alertness on the line.

As the clock continued to count, down the frustration among the Celtic fans grew louder.

Needless mistakes at the back fed that as Dedryck Boyata - who replaced the injured Kieran Tierney in the first half - was caught badly to allow Gary Dicker an unchallenged shot, but the midfielder's effort was wayward.

Late rally delivers for Deila

Kazim-Richards had a speculative shot with 10 minutes to go but it was weak and reflected his afternoon's performance.

Top scorer Griffiths almost snatched victory at the end but his curved strike sailed wide.

And just as a draw looked inevitable, Nir Bitton's replacement Rogic sent a thunderous 25-yard shot past Jamie MacDonald to send the Celtic fans falling over each other in delight behind the Kilmarnock goal.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 21MacDonald
  • 27HodsonBooked at 67mins
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 26Balatoni
  • 14O'Hara
  • 36Faubert
  • 29Dicker
  • 11Higginbotham
  • 23Kiltie
  • 7McKenzieSubstituted forSplaineat 55'minutes
  • 9BoydSubstituted forObadeyiat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Westlake
  • 13Brennan
  • 16Obadeyi
  • 17Splaine
  • 19Slater
  • 22McHattie
  • 39Frizzell

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23Lustig
  • 21Mulgrew
  • 28Sviatchenko
  • 63TierneySubstituted forBoyataat 41'minutes
  • 42McGregorBooked at 72mins
  • 8Brown
  • 15CommonsSubstituted forRobertsat 45'minutes
  • 6BittonSubstituted forRogicat 79'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9GriffithsBooked at 67mins
  • 13Kazim-Richards

Substitutes

  • 14Armstrong
  • 18Rogic
  • 20Boyata
  • 25Johansen
  • 27Roberts
  • 38Fasan
  • 49Forrest
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
6,867

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away11
Fouls
Home11
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 0, Celtic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 0, Celtic 1.

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

Foul by Aaron Splaine (Kilmarnock).

Booking

Tomas Rogic (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 0, Celtic 1. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Patrick Roberts.

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

Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Aaron Splaine (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Colin Kazim-Richards (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Tomas Rogic replaces Nir Bitton.

Colin Kazim-Richards (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock).

Attempt saved. Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Callum McGregor (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Callum McGregor (Celtic).

Julien Faubert (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Tope Obadeyi (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Tope Obadeyi replaces Kris Boyd.

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

Foul by Aaron Splaine (Kilmarnock).

Attempt missed. Erik Sviatchenko (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

Booking

Lee Hodson (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Kallum Higginbotham.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Aaron Splaine replaces Rory McKenzie.

Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).

Conrad Balatoni (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Patrick Roberts (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Hodson (Kilmarnock).

Attempt missed. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Julien Faubert (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Callum McGregor (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Colin Kazim-Richards (Celtic).

Conrad Balatoni (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Kilmarnock 0, Celtic 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Patrick Roberts replaces Kris Commons.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic30216373235069
2Aberdeen31205652341865
3Hearts30168651292256
4St Johnstone31127124847143
5Motherwell31125143846-841
6Ross County31124154550-540
7Partick Thistle30107133138-737
8Dundee2981294043-336
9Inverness CT3099123741-436
10Hamilton3189143451-1733
11Kilmarnock3177173054-2428
12Dundee Utd2955193053-2320
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