Scottish Premiership
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Celtic 6-1 Kilmarnock

Moussa Dembele celebrates his first goal for Celtic
Dembele has now scored six goals in his last five games, and 10 this season

Moussa Dembele's brace helped Celtic thrash Kilmarnock to extend their Premiership lead to five points.

Killie striker Souleymane Coulibaly opened the scoring with a sensational 35-yard strike from the left touchline.

But Dembele side-footed home Mikael Lustig's pass and then swept in Kieran Tierney's cut-back in short order.

James Forrest slotted the third, Leigh Griffiths claimed the fourth, Scott Sinclair dispatched a penalty before Tom Rogic added a sixth late on.

Coulibaly stuns Celtic

Celtic were camped in the Killie half before Coulibaly suckered them.

The Ivorian striker tried his luck from about 35 yards out, his ambitious effort arcing over Dorus De Vries' head and into the back of his net.

Kilmarnock celebrate Souleymane Coulibaly's wonder strike
Kilmarnock celebrate Souleymane Coulibaly's wonder strike - a contender for goal of the season?

Credit Coulibaly for having the vision to try it and the accuracy to pull it off - some of his goals this season have been truly wonderful - but De Vries was desperately slack.

The Dutchman was replaced at the break, Craig Gordon coming on.

A chest injury did for De Vries, but his reputation as a goalkeeper of substance took another hit here.

Dembele steps up - again

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Highlights: Celtic 6-1 Kilmarnock

Celtic's response to Coulibaly's opener was thunderous. Six more goals to add to the goal mountain they are constructing in domestic football this season.

Where previously Killie were denying them by throwing their bodies in front of every shot, Celtic soon became lethal.

Three minutes after Coulibaly's goal, Lustig found Dembele, who slid home the equaliser. Three minutes after that, Kieran Tierney provided the assist, Dembele rifling a left-foot shot high beyond Jamie MacDonald.

That was Dembele's 10th goal of the season in what was only his seventh start, and his sixth goal in his last five games.

The question for Brendan Rodgers now is who starts against Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday - the free-scoring youngster or the previous go-to man, Leigh Griffiths, who returned from injury here as a second-half substitute for Dembele.

Dorus de Vries watches Souleymane Coulibaly's strike go past him
Brendam Rodgers has selection questions up front and at goalkeeper after Dorus de Vries was beaten by Souleymane Coulibaly's strike

Celtic turn on after-burners

Killie were toiling at 3-1 after James Forrest strolled in to score the third from close range early in the second half.

They could have done without the sight of Griffiths coming on as a substitute. He looked sharp and hungry and within a few minutes of appearing, he popped up to flick on Jozo Simunovic's header to score his eighth of the season.

The fifth came soon enough. Griffiths was tripped in the box by Greg Taylor and the striker generously handed the ball to Sinclair to put away his sixth goal in six straight league matches.

What a devastating impact Sinclair has had in his early months in Scotland.

There was a sixth, a dribbler from Rogic that eluded MacDonald.

By then, Coulibaly's wonder strike seemed like a distant memory. It was blown into irrelevance by another unrelenting Celtic league performance.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 24de VriesSubstituted forGordonat 45'minutes
  • 23Lustig
  • 28Sviatchenko
  • 5Simunovic
  • 63Tierney
  • 8Brown
  • 6Bitton
  • 11SinclairSubstituted forRobertsat 73'minutes
  • 18Rogic
  • 49Forrest
  • 10DembeleSubstituted forGriffithsat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gordon
  • 2K Touré
  • 9Griffiths
  • 12Gamboa
  • 14Armstrong
  • 27Roberts
  • 42McGregor

Kilmarnock

  • 1MacDonald
  • 27Hendrie
  • 17Burn
  • 16Boyd
  • 24TaylorBooked at 72mins
  • 7McKenzieSubstituted forMorrisonat 79'minutes
  • 19Coulibaly
  • 8Dicker
  • 33HawkshawSubstituted forAdamsat 48'minutesBooked at 54mins
  • 12TysonSubstituted forJonesat 53'minutes
  • 9Boyd

Substitutes

  • 5Boyle
  • 6Smith
  • 11Jones
  • 18Adams
  • 21Frizzell
  • 31Mackay
  • 35Morrison
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
53,532

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home23
Away4
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 6, Kilmarnock 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 6, Kilmarnock 1.

Foul by Jozo Simunovic (Celtic).

Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Leigh Griffiths (Celtic).

Charlee Adams (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 6, Kilmarnock 1. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Forrest.

Attempt missed. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Lewis Morrison replaces Rory McKenzie.

Foul by Erik Sviatchenko (Celtic).

Souleymane Coulibaly (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Charlee Adams (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Patrick Roberts replaces Scott Sinclair.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 5, Kilmarnock 1. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty Celtic. Leigh Griffiths draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock) after a foul in the penalty area.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 4, Kilmarnock 1. Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Jozo Simunovic.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Greg Taylor.

Attempt saved. Kieran Tierney (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Leigh Griffiths replaces Moussa Dembele.

Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Erik Sviatchenko (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

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

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

Attempt blocked. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Charlee Adams (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Moussa Dembele (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charlee Adams (Kilmarnock).

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Jordan Jones replaces Nathan Tyson.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 3, Kilmarnock 1. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tomas Rogic.

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock).

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Charlee Adams replaces Dean Hawkshaw because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic65102381516
2Hearts7322116511
3St Johnstone631287110
4Motherwell723210919
5Aberdeen62317709
6Ross County72327709
7Rangers623179-29
8Inverness CT72231115-48
9Dundee7133811-36
10Kilmarnock7133815-76
11Partick Thistle612379-25
12Hamilton6123711-45
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