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Kilmarnock 1-0 Celtic

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Highlights: Kilmarnock 1-0 Celtic

Youssouf Mulumbu's first goal for Kilmarnock condemned Celtic to only their second domestic defeat under Brendan Rodgers.

The midfielder scored in the second half to deliver the reward for the home side's disciplined display.

Mulumbu should have scored again late on, but Dorus de Vries saved.

Celtic not only failed to score, but failed to land a shot on target until the last minute, and lost Dedryck Boyata and Kristoffer Ajer to injury.

The win, Kilmarnock's fifth in a row at home, moved the Rugby Park side into the top six.

Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata injured against Kilmarnock
Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata had to be replaced after just 10 minutes at Rugby Park due to injury

Rodgers' side took to the pitch in Ayrshire knowing a victory would give them four straight wins for the first time this season. Relatively speaking, the champions had been looking stodgy before the winter break, but the new year had been offering evidence of a fresh spark.

There was an immediate debut for the former Dundee defender Jack Hendry, who joined late in the transfer window, but his importance to the visiting defence couldn't have been predicted. He very quickly went from new boy to main man as both his defensive partners were forced off in the first half through injury.

It took just 10 minutes for Boyata to suffer a knock and limp off in frustration. Ten minutes before the break, Ajer joined him on the sidelines after picking up an ankle injury. Nir Bitton and Scott Sinclair replaced them in a well-shuffled pack.

Against a Kilmarnock side bursting with Steve Clarke-injected confidence, the champions started well. Olivier Ntcham tried his luck from range and Charly Musonda looked ready to open his box of tricks playing just behind Moussa Dembele up front. But the home side stood firm in the face of a potential storm that quickly came to not very much.

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer injured against Kilmarnock
Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer hobbled off injured before half-time against Kilmarnock

Snuffing them out was a group of Kilmarnock players who were snapping at every heel and chasing every lost cause. Their work rate was impressive but they also threatened.

Kirk Broadfoot watched a header fly just over, and both Greg Taylor and Kris Boyd both had shots saved before the break. They sensed a nervousness in the makeshift Celtic defence and they were making it creak.

As Celtic tried to force the issue more in the second half, the home side continued to frustrate. Dembele, Sinclair and Musonda were given no room to breathe in the danger areas and were limited to half chances on what was increasing looking like a very sticky surface.

But Clarke's side were growing in assurance and it came as no real surprise when they took the lead with 20 minutes to go. Jordan Jones, who had another excellent 90 minutes, picked the ball up on the left and picked out an unmarked Mulumbu at the back post, who was left with a simple finish.

Kilmarnock midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu and Celtic striker Moussa Dembele clash at Rugby Park
Kilmarnock midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu and Celtic striker Moussa Dembele clashed at Rugby Park

It was a fine goal, but one that Celtic won't enjoy watching back from a defensive point of view. They were all over the place.

The home fans were on their feet but at no times did their heroes look out on theirs. To a man, they worked and fought as a team as Celtic pushed everything they had forward in search of a leveller that never came.

Jones and Mulumbu had marvellous chances to seal it with just minutes to go but their composure deserted them. Their manager will forgive them, as will their fans. It was a stunning win that was thoroughly deserved.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 1MacDonald
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 5BroadfootBooked at 89mins
  • 4GreerBooked at 75mins
  • 12Taylor
  • 7McKenzie
  • 8Dicker
  • 24MulumbuBooked at 70mins
  • 11JonesSubstituted forFindlayat 90+2'minutes
  • 25BrophyBooked at 63minsSubstituted forErwinat 81'minutes
  • 9BoydSubstituted forTshibolaat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Kiltie
  • 17Findlay
  • 21Frizzell
  • 22Erwin
  • 26Simpson
  • 27Tshibola
  • 32Fasan

Celtic

  • 24de Vries
  • 35AjerSubstituted forSinclairat 35'minutes
  • 4HendryBooked at 48mins
  • 20BoyataSubstituted forBittonat 10'minutes
  • 21Ntcham
  • 67Musonda
  • 8BrownBooked at 73mins
  • 88KouassiBooked at 13minsSubstituted forEdouardat 70'minutes
  • 63Tierney
  • 10Dembele
  • 49Forrest

Substitutes

  • 6Bitton
  • 11Sinclair
  • 12Gamboa
  • 22Edouard
  • 29Bain
  • 42McGregor
  • 59Miller
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
10,702

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home17
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 1, Celtic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 1, Celtic 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Stuart Findlay replaces Jordan Jones.

Delay in match Gordon Greer (Kilmarnock) because of an injury.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

Attempt saved. Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Kirk Broadfoot (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Kilmarnock).

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

Attempt saved. Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

Attempt saved. Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a fast break.

Foul by Aaron Tshibola (Kilmarnock).

Charly Musonda (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Kieran Tierney (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Lee Erwin replaces Eamonn Brophy.

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Odsonne Edouard (Celtic).

Booking

Gordon Greer (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Jack Hendry (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Foul by Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock).

Charly Musonda (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Scott Brown (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Odsonne Edouard replaces Eboue Kouassi.

Booking

Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 1, Celtic 0. Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordan Jones.

Foul by Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock).

Scott Sinclair (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Aaron Tshibola replaces Kris Boyd.

Attempt missed. Charly Musonda (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).

Charly Musonda (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Kirk Broadfoot (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kieran Tierney (Celtic).

Attempt blocked. Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic26186254183660
2Aberdeen26164643291452
3Rangers25144746281846
4Hibernian2612863630644
5Hearts2691072723437
6Kilmarnock237882731-429
7Motherwell2585123136-529
8St Johnstone2375112234-1226
9Dundee2574142638-1225
10Partick Thistle2566132441-1724
11Hamilton2465133142-1123
12Ross County2655162845-1720
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