SP17


April 2016

April 2016

No. of Shots

20 9

Shots on Target

11 5

Possession

69% 31%

Fouls Conceded

14 13

Corners Won

5 4

Discipline

Goals Forrest 5, 67, Edouard 25
Lustig 35, Christie 45
Brophy 52 (Pen)

Killie Team

Bachmann, O'Donnell  , S Boyd, Findlay, Taylor, Tshibola, (Brophy 45), Power , Dicker, McKenzie, Jones, Stewart , (Ndjoli 78). 
Subs Not Used: MacDonald, Waters, Millen, Burke, & K Boyd 

Attendance: 58,457

Man of the Match Vote

Match Recap:

Celtic responded to talk of a title challenge by Kilmarnock by beating Steve Clarke's side 5-1 (for a first time) to return to the top of the Scottish Premiership.

The Ayrshire club led the division at kick-off but conceded four first-half goals as Celtic flexed their muscles.

James Forrest, Odsonne Edouard, Mikael Lustig and Ryan Christie scored for the champions as the visitors missed the injured Kirk Broadfoot.

Eammon Brophy pulled one back, from the spot after Rory McKenzie was tripped, but Forrest added his second to complete the scoring. 

Take nothing away from Celtic, they were superb. But this result also throws into focus just how well Kilmarnock have done in winning two and drawing two of the four previous games between the sides.

Comments

Steve Clarke: "Celtic were very good – very, very good.  They started quicker than is and got their noses in front. We then lost our shape a little bit and our discipline too. But Celtic looked more alert right from the off.  That probably has something to do from the fact that they had seven fresh players and we’re going to the well with the same players. It was especially difficult for my back four. I thought our two full-backs looked a little bit jaded and both of them played into the middle of June with the Scotland teams.  Stuart Findlay also dragged himself off the treatment table without any training this week. He said he would play to try and help the team so we thank him. I also asked big Scott Boyd after the game how long ago he played three games in a week and he couldn’t tell me, so that’s how long ago was. That made it difficult for us, but take nothing away from Celtic.  With the make-up of our squad we have to rely on our players and it was unfortunate for us to have this game after two great results for us against Hibs and Livingston."

Killie now host Dundee before away trips to Hamilton and Motherwell before finishing off at home v St Mirren.

"Those are the games we have to win if we’re going to be competitive at the top of the table. It was just unfortunate we had to come here for our third game in a week. But we will learn our lessons and make sure next time we come back here we do a little bit better.  Like I told to the lads afterwards, these games are not season defining for us. Games against Celtic and Rangers away don’t define our season. It’s against teams of similar stature to Kilmarnock that’ll decide whether we are competitive in the top half or not. This one is a sore one to take because it’s difficult to lose a game like that but we’ll learn lessons and recover."

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