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Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

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Highlights: Celtic 0-0 Kilmarnock

Celtic spurned a number of chances as Kilmarnock held the champions to a goal-less draw.

The home side also saw a first-half goal disallowed, with Kristoffer Ajer judged to be offside has he turned in Jozo Simunovic's header.

After the break, Stuart Armstrong's close-range shot was saved and Jack Hendry missed two efforts.

Kilmarnock battled gamely against a much-changed Celtic side in a game that lacked tempo and edge.

This fixture was tagged as meaningless given the relative positions of both sides and the opening half-hour lived up to that billing.

Chances were initially at a premium. In fact, they were non-existent during the opening third.

Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer against Kilmarnock
Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer saw his goal ruled out for offside

Celtic made six changes to the starting line-up from their 3-1 win over Hearts at the weekend, but still looked strong with the likes of Scott Sinclair and Patrick Roberts in their ranks.

Kilmarnock started with top scorer Kris Boyd on the bench and with midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu operating in an advanced position.

They were very well organised and disciplined, restricting Celtic and looking to break when possible.

The home side thought they had made the breakthrough when Simunovic nodded a free kick towards goal. Ajer got a touch and found the net, but was ruled offside. To further Celtic's frustration, the ball may well have found the target without the young Norwegian's intervention.

That moment seemed to wake Brendan Rodgers' side from their slumbers and they looked a touch more purposeful.

Callum McGregor found James Forrest inside the box, but his looping header sailed narrowly over with Kilmarnock goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald in complete control.

Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong's header is saved by Kilmarnock's Jamie MacDonald
Stuart Armstrong's close-range effort was thwarted by Kilmarnock goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald

Armstrong then released Sinclair into the box and he dinked the ball past MacDonald but the angle beat him and his effort bounced wide of the far post.

After the break it was Sinclair again who looked most threatening early on. He danced into the box then squared for Armstrong, but MacDonald was equal to his first-time attempt and cleared with his trailing foot.

Kilmarnock did venture forward where possible, although that subsided as the game wore on. Greg Kiltie almost created an opener when he stole in from the right, but Aaron Tshibola struck wide.

Rodgers introduced Tom Rogic and Kieran Tierney midway through the second half and it seemed to initially make a difference to the team's tempo, but not enough to breach Kilmarnock's determined defending.

Hendry did have one header from a corner cleared from the line then somehow nodded another just past when it looked a certain goal.

Despite dominating possession and territory, Celtic failed to exert sustained pressure on MacDonald in the Kilmarnock goal.

The draw means little in the grand scheme of things, but for Kilmarnock in particular it is another positive outcome in a season that has been littered with them.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 29Bain
  • 4Hendry
  • 5Simunovic
  • 35Ajer
  • 59MillerSubstituted forTierneyat 67'minutes
  • 8Brown
  • 42McGregor
  • 49Forrest
  • 14ArmstrongSubstituted forRogicat 66'minutes
  • 7RobertsSubstituted forHendersonat 82'minutes
  • 11Sinclair

Substitutes

  • 18Rogic
  • 21Ntcham
  • 24de Vries
  • 52Henderson
  • 63Tierney
  • 73Johnston
  • 88Kouassi

Kilmarnock

  • 1MacDonald
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 16Boyd
  • 17Findlay
  • 12Taylor
  • 24MulumbuSubstituted forWilsonat 90+3'minutes
  • 8Dicker
  • 27Tshibola
  • 25BrophySubstituted forBoydat 77'minutes
  • 22Erwin
  • 10KiltieSubstituted forBurkeat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Greer
  • 9Boyd
  • 20Wilson
  • 26Simpson
  • 29Burke
  • 31Cameron
  • 32Fasan
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
54,916

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home73%
Away27%
Shots
Home10
Away0
Shots on Target
Home1
Away0
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 0, Kilmarnock 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 0, Kilmarnock 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Iain Wilson replaces Youssouf Mulumbu.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Chris Burke replaces Greg Kiltie.

Foul by Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic).

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

Foul by Jack Hendry (Celtic).

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

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Greg Taylor.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Greg Taylor.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Gary Dicker.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Stephen O'Donnell.

Foul by Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic).

Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Ewan Henderson replaces Patrick Roberts.

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

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

Attempt blocked. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jack Hendry (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Kris Boyd replaces Eamonn Brophy.

Patrick Roberts (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock).

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aaron Tshibola (Kilmarnock).

Foul by Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic).

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

Patrick Roberts (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock).

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Stuart Findlay.

Foul by Jack Hendry (Celtic).

Lee Erwin (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Kieran Tierney replaces Calvin Miller.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Tomas Rogic replaces Stuart Armstrong.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Lee Erwin.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Greg Kiltie.

Attempt blocked. Stuart Armstrong (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Stuart Armstrong (Celtic).

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic372410373244982
2Aberdeen37217955371870
3Rangers372161071452669
4Hibernian371812757411666
5Kilmarnock371511114847156
6Hearts371213123938149
7Motherwell37129164049-945
8St Johnstone37129164152-1145
9Dundee37116203656-2039
10Hamilton3796224765-1833
11Partick Thistle3779213061-3130
12Ross County37610213961-2228
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