Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Izaguirre and Scepovic score for Celtic
  2. Celtic move one point behind Aberdeen
  3. Ronny Deila's side have a game in hand

Live Reporting

By Keir Murray

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Thanks very much, once again, for joining us for the live coverage. I hope you enjoy the rest of your evening. All the best.

We'll have highlights of the game on our website at midnight.

BBC Scotland football pundit Craig Paterson

"Kilmarnock have got to pick things up in their next game. They still have a chance of a top-six place but if they play like they did in the first half they will never catch St Johnstone."

Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston

"We've got to kick on. We can't afford to play like we did in the first half,. The second half was a million times better. Mark Connolly and Lee Ashcroft have done well for us but Manuel Pascali can play in midfield for us."

Ronny Deila
SNS

Celtic boss Ronny Deila applauds the travelling support after the match.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila

"We had that period in the second half when we took too many touches, but then we got the second goal. Henderson was very good, especially in the first half. Him and Kris."

Texts to 80295

Iain, Edinburgh: "Given how much Commons contributed tonight you have to wonder what he's done to upset Deila and keep him out the team!"

Stephen Thumath, Dumbarton: "I think the problem there is hardly anyone there is due to the fact that the game is on a Monday night whilst also on sky. I think we all know that Celtic normally bring a decent away support and no agenda against the Kilmarnock chairman."

Stephen: "Re attendance, to be expected, live on TV Monday night and discount of £15 only for Killie fans. They could have 12000 in by charging £6 - make the same money and more atmosphere plus bonus of programme, food stall sales etc. don't know how some footie chairmen are successful in business."

Marcella, Clydebank: "To 'Anonymous'. Definition of pathetic is refusing an opposing team access to your pitch for half an hour to see what it is like - before playing an important tie."

BBC Scotland football pundit Murdo MacLeod

"Look at Scepovic. How many chances did he have? Commons must have had seven or eight shots and most of them were on target."

FULL-TIME

Kilmarnock 0-2 Celtic

As Celtic go for a third, Kris Commons slides in to the net but not with the ball as he is a fraction too slow to meet John Guidetti's cross from the right wing.

We're into the second minute of injury time as Celtic sub Callum McGregor rounds off an ambitious run with a shot at goal that deflects out for a corner.

Celtic's Swedish striker John Guidetti has been a determined figure since coming on as a sub for Stefan Scepovic. You can sense he is desperate to get another scoring run going.

This win, unless there's an astonishing comeback, puts Celtic one point behind Aberdeen but with a game in hand. They move three points clear of third-placed Hamilton. Killie will stay in seventh place in the Premiership.

BBC Scotland football pundit Craig Paterson

"A lot of Celtic players are just going through the motions now and seeing out the three points."

Stefan Scepovic scores
SNS

Despite the close proximity of Killie players, Stefan Scepovic is quickest to react to Efe Ambrose's header and scores from close range.

PENALTY APPEAL

A shot by Emilio Izaguirre is blocked, surely with a raised arm, by Mark Connolly. The Killie defender, just inside the box, was a good 15 yards away from the Honduran and turned his back on the shot. That goes down as a "seen them given".

Kilmarnock make a substitution. Manuel Pascali replaces Jamie Hamill.

Robbie Muirhead has a rare glimpse at the Celtic goal but his shot is too high to register as an attempt on target.

Text to 80295

Anonymous: "Never mind knocking the Kilmarnock fans Andy....why are there so few Celtic fans at Rugby Park tonight?? Suspect it's still nonsense relating to Michael Johnston abstaining from vote on Rangers.....pathetic."

A change for Celtic - Darnell Fisher comes on for the final 15 minutes or so, with Adam Matthews off for a rest.

Kris Commons almost makes it three for Celtic as Lee Ashcroft makes a mistake in the Kilmarnock rearguard and the visitors' midfielder slams a shot at goal from 22 yards - Craig Samson makes a good save.

GOAL

Kilmarnock 0-2 Celtic (Scepovic)

The score now better reflects the play in this match. Stefan Johansen's corner from the right falls between two Kilmarnock defenders but nicely for Efe Ambrose who nods the ball at goal and Stefan Scepovic is alert to poke the ball home from a yard.

Jamie Hamill takes a sore one as a Kris Commons shot thumps off his ankle, seemingly twisting the ligaments, but the Killie midfielder soldiers on. Manuel Pascali thought he was going to get a sub's appearance there.

Texts to 80295

Andy in Kilmarnock: "What do folk expect about attendance? Monday night on tele. Why would you go?"

Ivan Hamilton in Dunoon: "Come on Killie, do the Dons a wee turn please."

Stuart: "Kilmarnock people do want a football club. But we want one with a chairman who can run a business properly and a manager that can inspire a team to take on average old firm teams."

YELLOW CARD

Kilmarnock's Jamie Hamill snaps the patience of referee Kevin Clancy and is booked for a clumsy trip on Stefan Scepovic.

Celtic skipper Scott Brown is guilty of dithering and his goalie Craig Gordon is at full stretch to palm a powerful Robbie Murihead drive to safety after he latched on to the loose ball.

BBC Scotland football pundit Craig Paterson

"Kilmarnock are just scrapping themselves into the game. It is certainly not as one-sided as it was in the first half."

What a brilliant defensive header by Mark Connolly! Adam Matthews had cut the ball back for Kris Commons in the Killie box and he spun and smashed a shot that looked certain to hit the net. Connolly, though, was for none of that - he dived and headed the ball away inside his six-yard box.

Text to 80295

Andy: "Abysmal attendance.....do Kilmarnock people WANT a team in the top flight? Really poor...can't talk up our football based on this."

Kris Commons squeezes a pass through the home defence and in to the penalty box where Liam Henderson crosses a fraction too heavily for Stefan Scepovic whose momentum takes him into the net as the ball drifts out of play.

Jamie Hamill offers some encouragement to the home supporters with a left-foot drive from 20 yards that clips the heel of a team-mate on its way through a ruck of players but goes out for a goal kick. That was a close shave for Celtic.

Kilmarnock have struggled all evening to control the ball for anything more than 15 seconds at a time. The 5,329 fans inside Rugby Park have been watching a steady stream of dark green jerseys towards the Killie goal.

Virgil van Dijk has surely been watching some old VHS tapes of Alan Hansen in his prime at Anfield. Celtic's Dutch defender strolls out of defence, tip-toeing his way past half-hearted challenges and is deep into enemy territory before Alexei Eremenko dispossesses him. However, Liam Henderson picks up the ball quickly and passes in to the home box but Craig Samson gathers.

KICK-OFF

Kilmarnock get the second period started.

Kris Commons fires a shot at the Kilmarnock goal
SNS

Kris Commons fires a shot at the Kilmarnock goal, one of several attempts in the first half.

Former Celtic assistant manager Murdo MacLeod tells BBC Radio Scotland listeners that the first 45 minutes at Rugby Park are among Celtic's best of the season so far.

Emilio Izaguirre and Efe Ambrose
SNS

Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre is congratulated on his goal by defender Efe Ambrose.

HALF-TIME

Kilmarnock 0-1 Celtic

That was a dominant display by the reigning champions, who will feel they should have more to show than a single goal. Killie's only chance was a header from big Josh Magennis, which was well saved by Craig Gordon. Celtic have had 10 shots on goal and have had 63% of the possession.

They've had a few tussles in the past few minutes, but Kevin Clancy has had enough of their jousting. He flashes a yellow card at Celtic scorer Emilio Izaguirre for bringing down Rory McKenzie in a rather "unfriendly" manner.

Killie goalkeeper Craig Samson throws up a powerful right arm to deny Kris Commons scoring a second for the visitors, who blasted at goal from 10 yards.