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Celtic 4-0 Kilmarnock

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.

Line-ups

Celtic

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Forster
  • 41Fisher
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 21MulgrewSubstituted forJohansenat 82'minutes
  • 4Ambrose
  • 5van Dijk
  • 8Brown
  • 16Ledley
  • 20PukkiSubstituted forBaldeat 71'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forBoerrigterat 77'minutes
  • 15Commons

Substitutes

  • 6Biton
  • 9Samaras
  • 11Boerrigter
  • 17Balde
  • 24Zaluska
  • 25Johansen
  • 34O'Connell

Kilmarnock

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Samson
  • 16ClohessySubstituted forO'Haraat 53'minutes
  • 2TesselaarBooked at 66mins
  • 8Clingan
  • 30Ashcroft
  • 29PascaliBooked at 88mins
  • 18McKenzie
  • 28Slater
  • 11Gros
  • 33MuirheadSubstituted forGardyneat 76'minutes
  • 36KiltieSubstituted forNicholsonat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Nicholson
  • 9Boyd
  • 10Johnston
  • 12Reguero Chapinal
  • 22Maksimenko
  • 25Gardyne
  • 26O'Hara
Referee:
Brian Colvin
Attendance:
44,271

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home16
Away2
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home4
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celtic 4, Kilmarnock 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Celtic 4, Kilmarnock 0.

  3. Booking

    Amido Baldé (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

  4. 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.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Booking

    Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Amido Baldé (Celtic).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Stefan Johansen replaces Charlie Mulgrew.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Derk Boerrigter replaces James Forrest.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Celtic).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Michael Gardyne replaces Robbie Muirhead.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic23203056124463
2Aberdeen24143735221345
3Motherwell2314273430444
4Inverness CT2211472921837
5Dundee Utd2397739271234
6St Johnstone239593126532
7Hibernian2477102127-628
8Kilmarnock2474132839-1125
9St Mirren2466122440-1624
10Ross County2363142741-1421
11Partick Thistle2449112138-1721
12Hearts2555152244-225
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