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Live Reporting

Keir Murray

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    Thanks very much, once again, for joining us for the live coverage. I hope you enjoy the rest of your evening. All the best.

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    We'll have highlights of the game on our website at midnight.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Craig Paterson

    "Kilmarnock have got to pick things up in their next game. They still have a chance of a top-six place but if they play like they did in the first half they will never catch St Johnstone."

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    Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston

    "We've got to kick on. We can't afford to play like we did in the first half,. The second half was a million times better. Mark Connolly and Lee Ashcroft have done well for us but Manuel Pascali can play in midfield for us."

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    Ronny Deila

    Celtic boss Ronny Deila applauds the travelling support after the match.

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    Celtic manager Ronny Deila

    "We had that period in the second half when we took too many touches, but then we got the second goal. Henderson was very good, especially in the first half. Him and Kris."

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    Iain, Edinburgh: "Given how much Commons contributed tonight you have to wonder what he's done to upset Deila and keep him out the team!"

    Stephen Thumath, Dumbarton: "I think the problem there is hardly anyone there is due to the fact that the game is on a Monday night whilst also on sky. I think we all know that Celtic normally bring a decent away support and no agenda against the Kilmarnock chairman."

    Stephen: "Re attendance, to be expected, live on TV Monday night and discount of £15 only for Killie fans. They could have 12000 in by charging £6 - make the same money and more atmosphere plus bonus of programme, food stall sales etc. don't know how some footie chairmen are successful in business."

    Marcella, Clydebank: "To 'Anonymous'. Definition of pathetic is refusing an opposing team access to your pitch for half an hour to see what it is like - before playing an important tie."

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Murdo MacLeod

    "Look at Scepovic. How many chances did he have? Commons must have had seven or eight shots and most of them were on target."


    Kilmarnock 0-2 Celtic

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    As Celtic go for a third, Kris Commons slides in to the net but not with the ball as he is a fraction too slow to meet John Guidetti's cross from the right wing.

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    We're into the second minute of injury time as Celtic sub Callum McGregor rounds off an ambitious run with a shot at goal that deflects out for a corner.

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    Celtic's Swedish striker John Guidetti has been a determined figure since coming on as a sub for Stefan Scepovic. You can sense he is desperate to get another scoring run going.

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    This win, unless there's an astonishing comeback, puts Celtic one point behind Aberdeen but with a game in hand. They move three points clear of third-placed Hamilton. Killie will stay in seventh place in the Premiership.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Craig Paterson

    "A lot of Celtic players are just going through the motions now and seeing out the three points."

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    Stefan Scepovic scores

    Despite the close proximity of Killie players, Stefan Scepovic is quickest to react to Efe Ambrose's header and scores from close range.


    A shot by Emilio Izaguirre is blocked, surely with a raised arm, by Mark Connolly. The Killie defender, just inside the box, was a good 15 yards away from the Honduran and turned his back on the shot. That goes down as a "seen them given".

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    Kilmarnock make a substitution. Manuel Pascali replaces Jamie Hamill.

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    Robbie Muirhead has a rare glimpse at the Celtic goal but his shot is too high to register as an attempt on target.

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    Anonymous: "Never mind knocking the Kilmarnock fans Andy....why are there so few Celtic fans at Rugby Park tonight?? Suspect it's still nonsense relating to Michael Johnston abstaining from vote on Rangers.....pathetic."

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    A change for Celtic - Darnell Fisher comes on for the final 15 minutes or so, with Adam Matthews off for a rest.

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    Kris Commons almost makes it three for Celtic as Lee Ashcroft makes a mistake in the Kilmarnock rearguard and the visitors' midfielder slams a shot at goal from 22 yards - Craig Samson makes a good save.

  22. GOAL

    Kilmarnock 0-2 Celtic (Scepovic)

    The score now better reflects the play in this match. Stefan Johansen's corner from the right falls between two Kilmarnock defenders but nicely for Efe Ambrose who nods the ball at goal and Stefan Scepovic is alert to poke the ball home from a yard.

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    Jamie Hamill takes a sore one as a Kris Commons shot thumps off his ankle, seemingly twisting the ligaments, but the Killie midfielder soldiers on. Manuel Pascali thought he was going to get a sub's appearance there.

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    Andy in Kilmarnock: "What do folk expect about attendance? Monday night on tele. Why would you go?"

    Ivan Hamilton in Dunoon: "Come on Killie, do the Dons a wee turn please."

    Stuart: "Kilmarnock people do want a football club. But we want one with a chairman who can run a business properly and a manager that can inspire a team to take on average old firm teams."


    Kilmarnock's Jamie Hamill snaps the patience of referee Kevin Clancy and is booked for a clumsy trip on Stefan Scepovic.

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    Celtic skipper Scott Brown is guilty of dithering and his goalie Craig Gordon is at full stretch to palm a powerful Robbie Murihead drive to safety after he latched on to the loose ball.

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Craig Paterson

    "Kilmarnock are just scrapping themselves into the game. It is certainly not as one-sided as it was in the first half."

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    What a brilliant defensive header by Mark Connolly! Adam Matthews had cut the ball back for Kris Commons in the Killie box and he spun and smashed a shot that looked certain to hit the net. Connolly, though, was for none of that - he dived and headed the ball away inside his six-yard box.

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    Andy: "Abysmal Kilmarnock people WANT a team in the top flight? Really poor...can't talk up our football based on this."

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    Kris Commons squeezes a pass through the home defence and in to the penalty box where Liam Henderson crosses a fraction too heavily for Stefan Scepovic whose momentum takes him into the net as the ball drifts out of play.

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    Jamie Hamill offers some encouragement to the home supporters with a left-foot drive from 20 yards that clips the heel of a team-mate on its way through a ruck of players but goes out for a goal kick. That was a close shave for Celtic.

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    Kilmarnock have struggled all evening to control the ball for anything more than 15 seconds at a time. The 5,329 fans inside Rugby Park have been watching a steady stream of dark green jerseys towards the Killie goal.

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    Virgil van Dijk has surely been watching some old VHS tapes of Alan Hansen in his prime at Anfield. Celtic's Dutch defender strolls out of defence, tip-toeing his way past half-hearted challenges and is deep into enemy territory before Alexei Eremenko dispossesses him. However, Liam Henderson picks up the ball quickly and passes in to the home box but Craig Samson gathers.

  34. KICK-OFF

    Kilmarnock get the second period started.

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    Kris Commons fires a shot at the Kilmarnock goal

    Kris Commons fires a shot at the Kilmarnock goal, one of several attempts in the first half.

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    Former Celtic assistant manager Murdo MacLeod tells BBC Radio Scotland listeners that the first 45 minutes at Rugby Park are among Celtic's best of the season so far.

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    Emilio Izaguirre and Efe Ambrose

    Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre is congratulated on his goal by defender Efe Ambrose.


    Kilmarnock 0-1 Celtic

    That was a dominant display by the reigning champions, who will feel they should have more to show than a single goal. Killie's only chance was a header from big Josh Magennis, which was well saved by Craig Gordon. Celtic have had 10 shots on goal and have had 63% of the possession.

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    They've had a few tussles in the past few minutes, but Kevin Clancy has had enough of their jousting. He flashes a yellow card at Celtic scorer Emilio Izaguirre for bringing down Rory McKenzie in a rather "unfriendly" manner.

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    Killie goalkeeper Craig Samson throws up a powerful right arm to deny Kris Commons scoring a second for the visitors, who blasted at goal from 10 yards.

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    Celtic midfielder Liam Henderson pirouettes with considerable style and at some point in his rotation he back-heels the ball into the Killie box but the pass is too clever for his team-mates and the home team manage to clear.

  42. GOAL

    Kilmarnock 0-1 Celtic (Izaguirre)

    Mark Connolly misses a tackle that he really had to win and Stefan Johansen has time to dink a lovely wee ball forward for advancing full-back Emilio Izaguirre in the box and he cracks a left-foot volley past keeper Craig Samson, a red streak of Ayrshire mid-air despair.

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    On comes Robbie Muirhead for Kilmarnock, off goes Chris Johnston, with 11 minutes of the first half remaining.

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    Celtic's Liam Henderson chases down a loose ball with Ross Barbour

    Celtic's Liam Henderson chases down a loose ball with Ross Barbour at Rugby Park.

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    That's the stuff from Killie! Alexei Eremenko's in-swinging free-kick from the left touchline 35 yards out is glanced down towards the Celtic goal thanks to an impressive leap by striker Josh Magennis, who did well to get above Efe Ambrose and shape his body to direct the ball at goal. In the end, though, it was a good save by Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon, who got down sharply to reacquaint himself with the spherical leather object that he last touched some, oh, let's see, half an hour ago.

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    Once again Kris Commons hits the crossbar with a fierce left-foot drive. Nir Bitton and Liam Henderson helped to set up the chance for former Derby County player. How long can Killie hang on?


    See 20:17...

  48. CLOSE!

    Celtic work the ball to Kris Commons, who weaves his way through some statuesque Killie defenders and from the corner of the six-yard box hammers a shot over the bar when he ought to have at least hit the target. Killie need to get hold of the ball and build some passing moves or they will be punished eventually.


    Hmm, there's a pattern developing here. Jamie Hamill now sends Celtic skipper Scott Brown into the January night air with a trip. The visiting fans howl for a booking but Kevin Clancy doesn't take his name. He gives him a thorough ticking-off instead.


    Perhaps we can put it down to a surge of testosterone after those attempts at the Killie goal. Or it could be revenge for the clattering he took a few minutes back. Anyway, Kris Commons is booked for an ugly challenge on Jamie Hamill.


    Much better stuff from Kris Commons, though. He thuds the crossbar with a left-foot shot from the edge of the box and moments later has a right-foot effort deflected out for a corner after a nice set-up by Stefan Scepovic.

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    The burly Finn finds Josh Magennis with a delicious pass but the Northern Irishman's shot is horribly weak and off target. That was a chance for Killie, with the Celtic defence caught in a dozy state.

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    Playmaker Alexei Eremenko finally gets on the ball out on the left for Killie but his delivery in to the Celtic box is dee-ee-eep and drifts harmlessly wide.

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    Liam Henderson, Celtic's 18-year-old midfielder, will have boosted his confidence with a few attempts at goal with his left boot. He showed a wise head there to nudge his opponent off balance as they contested a dropping ball at the edge of the Killie box. Celtic have the upper hand.


    Celtic win a few corner kicks that come to nothing, but in their next foray forward Stefan Johansen is dispossessed in the box by bearded terror Mark Connolly. He is subsequently booked for whacking the ball towards the assistant referee who had flagged against him for taking the ball over the bye-line.

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    Dear-oh. Kris Commons is in the wars in these early minutes. The stocky figure of Jamie Hamill sends his careering off the pitch.

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    Mark Connolly, the strapping Killie defender, looks part-comic, part-terrifying with his bandaged head. In any case, he steps forward to intercept a ball forward by Emilio Izaguirre and clear the modest danger.

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    Celtic midfielder Kris Commons is given a whack on his ankle by Killie's Lee Ashcroft and treads gingerly off for treatment.

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    Celtic manager Ronny Deila

    "When you're talking about the championship you have to cope with your opponents. Now there's a team who is doing very well and we have to be even better."

  60. KICK-OFF

    And we're under way...

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    Killie are sporting their traditional blue and white striped shirts while Celtic are in dark green all over.

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    Celtic manager Ronny Deila

    "I think every game is big. It's very important that we get three points and get back on track again."

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    The players are in the tunnel. Not long until kick-off.

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    Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston

    "We've won the last two games so we're going into it full of confidence and it would be great to get another result.

    "It's a massive game for Celtic as well. Obviously they've had two poor results by their standards so I'm sure they'll be looking to bounce back tonight.

    "You've got to keep putting pressure on yourself. You've got to keep looking above you and try to catch the teams above you."

    (On the January transfer window) "I'm sure there are a lot of teams taking a look at our young players because they're all top players and are all going to have big futures. Play first team games rather than going down to a big club and just getting lost.

    "You're always looking to see what's available if you get the opportunity to bring in players but at present I don't think we'll be able to bring anyone in."


    Kilmarnock: Samson, Barbour, Ashcroft, Connolly, Chantler, McKenzie, O'Hara, Hamill, Johnston, Eremenko, Magennis. Subs: Cairney, Brennan, Pascali, Muirhead, Syme, Splaine, Hawkshaw.

    Celtic: Gordon, Matthews, Ambrose, van Dijk, Izaguirre, Brown, Bitton, Johansen, Commons, Henderson, Scepovic. Subs: Guidetti, Zaluska, Griffiths, O'Connell, Fisher, McGregor, Thomson.

    Referee: Kevin Clancy

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    BBC Scotland football pundit Craig Paterson

    "Ronny Deila has changed the team tonight and he is giving people a chance. A lot of players have got to know they have to grab the chance. We are getting to the sharp end of the season. If you have a solid 11 or 12 players who can do the job then the manager will stick with them."

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    Ronny Deila makes three changes to his Celtic side for the game at Rugby Park. Stefan Scepovic, Kris Commons and Liam Henderson come in for the injured Anthony Stokes, John Guidetti and Leigh Griffiths.

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    Kilmarnock midfielder Craig Slater is suspended following his red card against St Mirren on New Year's Day and Lee Miller is also missing, with Jamie Hamill and Chris Johnston handed starting places.

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    A warm welcome to our live coverage of Kilmarnock's match against Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.