Scottish Premiership

Celtic 2-0 Kilmarnock

By Keir MurrayBBC Sport Scotland at Celtic Park
  • Guidetti and Scepovic give Celtic win
  • Kilmarnock's Pascali red-carded
  • Celtic move to within three points of Hamilton

Kilmarnock paid heavily for the first-half sending-off of their captain Manuel Pascali as Celtic jumped to fourth in the Scottish Premiership with a comfortable win.

John Guidetti drove home the free-kick that followed Pascali's professional foul on Stefan Scepovic.

Kilmarnock keeper Conor Brennan limited the damage with a string of saves for the Ayrshire side.

But he could not prevent Scepovic knocking in a second after the break.

Pascali's dismissal changed the nature of the match. Before his red card on 34 minutes for pulling Scepovic back as he bore down on goal, the teams had been evenly matched.

Both sides had shown flashes of skill - a Guidetti flick here, an Alexei Eremenko dummy there - but the goalkeepers had been under-employed.

Tope Obadeyi advanced from midfield to offer some threat to Craig Gordon's goal on occasion but was stymied by the alertness of the Scotland keeper or the positioning of Virgil van Dijk and Jason Denayer in the home defence.

Van Dijk headed a corner a fraction wide and Celtic captain Scott Brown broke off from his midfield tussles with Jamie Hamill and Sammy Clingan to fire a few shots at Brennan's goal but they were bravely blocked by defenders.

And Mubarak Wakaso thumped a header straight into Brennan's arms from the corner of the six-yard box.

Gordon's only real save of the first half was to parry a 25-yard pile-driver by Eremenko.

Celtic finding their form...
Ronny Deila's side have won six of their last seven matches in all competitions having won only one of their previous seven

Pascali, who had been the key figure in organising the Killie defence, was lucky when referee Willie Collum awarded him rather than Guidetti a free-kick after making a mess of ushering the ball out for a goal kick with the Swede snapping at his heels.

But the Italian offered little complaint when Collum flashed him a straight red for his panicked challenge on Scepovic.

Killie boss Allan Johnston immediately withdrew Eremenko and sent on Lee Ashcroft to partner Mark Connolly in defence but within seconds Guidetti had stroked his free-kick past the despairing Brennan.

Celtic had Killie on the back foot and the visitors had a close shave when Connolly headed an effort off the line and Brennan saved well from a Stefan Johansen crack from 18 yards.

As the Rugby Park men struggled to play in Celtic's half, so the chances came for the hosts.

Brennan palmed away an angled shot by Scepovic, relied on his post to keep out a Guidetti effort from 12 yards and was well placed, again, to block the centre-forward's effort 10 seconds later.

But the Serbia international would get the last laugh over Brennan, who was in for the injured Craig Samson.

Moments after side-footing horribly wide from 18 yards as Wakaso found space on the left, Scepovic was rewarded for his persistence when he met the winger's cross to hit the ball across Brennan and into the net.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila replaced the scorer with Leigh Griffiths and sent on Charlie Mulgrew for Johansen - but the match was over as a meaningful contest and Celtic were able to follow up Thursday's Europa League win over Astra by moving up to fourth in the Scottish Premiership, overtaking Kilmarnock in the process.

Manuel Pascali and Stefan Scepovic
Pascali hauled down Scepovic when the Celtic striker was through on goal
Kilmarnock captain Manuel Pascali is sent off against Celtic
The Kilmarnock captain was promptly dismissed by referee Willie Collum
Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston and midfielder Alexei Eremenko
Johnston withdrew Eremenko and sent on Ashcroft to compensate for Pascali's loss
John Guidetti scores for Celtic against Kilmarnock
Guidetti swept in the resulting free-kick to give Celtic the lead
Celtic players Stefan Johansen and Stefan Scepovic
Scepovic (right) added to his midweek goal against Astra Giurgiu



Formation 4-4-2

  • 26Gordon
  • 2Matthews
  • 22Denayer
  • 5van Dijk
  • 3Izaguirre
  • 42McGregor
  • 8Brown
  • 25JohansenBooked at 53minsSubstituted forMulgrewat 67'minutes
  • 32WakasoSubstituted forTonevat 79'minutes
  • 9Guidetti
  • 12ScepovicSubstituted forGriffithsat 67'minutes


  • 4Ambrose
  • 21Mulgrew
  • 23Lustig
  • 24Zaluska
  • 27Tonev
  • 28Griffiths
  • 33Kayal


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 13Brennan
  • 2BarbourBooked at 54mins
  • 6Connolly
  • 29PascaliBooked at 34mins
  • 23Chantler
  • 7McKenzie
  • 8Clingan
  • 4Hamill
  • 16Obadeyi
  • 20EremenkoSubstituted forAshcroftat 35'minutes
  • 28MagennisSubstituted forNgooat 70'minutes


  • 10Johnston
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 19Slater
  • 21Ngoo
  • 22Westlake
  • 31Mackay
  • 33Muirhead
William Collum

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamKilmarnock
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celtic 2, Kilmarnock 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Celtic 2, Kilmarnock 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Celtic).

  4. Post update

    Michael Ngoo (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jason Denayer (Celtic).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Conor Brennan.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jason Denayer (Celtic).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Celtic).

  13. Post update

    Mark Connolly (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Aleksandar Tonev replaces Mubarak Wakaso.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Adam Matthews (Celtic).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Michael Ngoo (Kilmarnock).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Michael Ngoo replaces Josh Magennis.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 26th October 2014

As It Stood

2Inverness CT11722158723
3Dundee Utd117131913622
8Partick Thistle103251313011
9St Johnstone11317714-710
10St Mirren112271018-88
12Ross County11128928-195
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