Scottish Cup - Fifth Round
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East Kilbride 0-2 Celtic

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland
Colin Kazim-Richards prods home Celtic's second goal
Colin Kazim-Richards prods home Celtic's second goal, his first for the club

Celtic ended East Kilbride's memorable Scottish Cup journey but the Lowland League side exit with heads held high.

Two scrappy goals from corners were their undoing, the first bundled in via the hand of Leigh Griffiths.

Deadline-day signing Colin Kazim-Richards scrambled in his first for the club early in the second half.

East Kilbride's defending was often heroic and goalkeeper Matt McGinley did his chances of progressing up the football career ladder no harm either.

This may not be the last we see of the plucky South Lanarkshire side - four tiers below Celtic in the Scottish football pyramid - on the big stage.

Captain Barry Russell - East Kilbride born and bred - generally held the back line together and his charges occasionally knocked the ball about nicely without creating anything clear cut.

The textbook rule when a footballing minnow takes on a giant is not to concede early and East Kilbride's resolve had to be applauded during the first half.

Their defence repelled everything that came at them for 20 minutes.

Charlie Mulgrew, back for the Premiership side after injury, headed over before two East Kilbride players took one for the team in ensuring their goalmouth was not breached in the opening exchanges.

Celtic's Ryan Christie is held off by East Kilbride captain Barry Russell
Celtic's Ryan Christie is held off by East Kilbride captain Barry Russell

Martin McBride felt the ball full force in his stomach to concede a corner before Scott Stevenson followed in making a last-ditch clearance.

Doubts were cast over Griffiths' ability to continue when he was fouled by Craig Howie - indeed EK boss Billy Ogilvie lightheartedly told the striker to just go off as they crossed paths at the side of the pitch.

But just as Celtic manager Ronny Deila readied substitutes, Griffiths popped up to put Celtic ahead with his 28th goal of the season.

However the ball appeared to go in via the Scotland forward's arm from a yard out following Dedryck Boyata's header from a corner.

Despite that apparent injustice the Kilby team did not crumble.

The East Kilbride players gave a good account of themselves against the Scottish Premiership leaders
The East Kilbride players gave a good account of themselves against the Scottish Premiership leaders

Goalkeeper McGinley - a PE teacher by trade - dived to deny James Forrest, then punched away the ensuing corner.

Kazim-Richards eased any lingering nerves from the Celtic supporters - who appeared to boo their side at both half-time and full-time - 10 minutes after the interval.

Another corner and a Griffiths overhead kick prompted another scramble, and Stevenson's attempted clearance only fell to the Turkish international, who forced it home.

But the floodgates did not open for Celtic, mainly thanks to the manful efforts of Russell and McGinley.

Jack Smith had one shot on target for East Kilbride before Scott Brown hit the outside of the post near the end for Celtic.

Line-ups

East Kilbride

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1McGinley
  • 2Stevenson
  • 4HowieBooked at 15mins
  • 5Russell
  • 3Coll
  • 7HastingsSubstituted forGormleyat 63'minutes
  • 6Lachlan
  • 10BradyBooked at 31minsSubstituted forMillarat 90'minutes
  • 8McBride
  • 11JohnstoneSubstituted forTempletonat 85'minutes
  • 9Smith

Substitutes

  • 12Gormley
  • 14Morris
  • 15Templeton
  • 16Macdonald
  • 17Craig
  • 18Millar
  • 21Kean

Celtic

Formation 4-4-2

  • 26Bailly
  • 4Ambrose
  • 28Sviatchenko
  • 20Boyata
  • 63Tierney
  • 16Mackay-StevenSubstituted forAllanat 69'minutes
  • 8Brown
  • 21MulgrewSubstituted forBittonat 77'minutes
  • 49Forrest
  • 9GriffithsSubstituted forChristieat 81'minutes
  • 13Kazim-Richards

Substitutes

  • 3Izaguirre
  • 6Bitton
  • 14Armstrong
  • 17Christie
  • 19Allan
  • 23Lustig
  • 38Fasan
Referee:
George Salmond
Attendance:
7,767

Match Stats

Home TeamEast KilbrideAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home30%
Away70%
Shots
Home2
Away22
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away17
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, East Kilbride 0, Celtic 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, East Kilbride 0, Celtic 2.

  3. Post update

    Kieran Tierney (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jack Smith (East Kilbride).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, East Kilbride. Gavin Millar replaces Anthony Brady.

  6. Post update

    Hand ball by Scott Allan (Celtic).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, East Kilbride. Marc Templeton replaces Frazer Johnstone.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

  9. Post update

    Anthony Brady (East Kilbride) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Scott Brown (Celtic) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Ryan Christie replaces Leigh Griffiths.

  12. Post update

    Martin McBride (East Kilbride) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Colin Kazim-Richards (Celtic).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Frazer Johnstone (East Kilbride).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Nir Bitton replaces Charlie Mulgrew.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Efe Ambrose (Celtic).

  18. Post update

    Liam Gormley (East Kilbride) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Gavin Lachlan.

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