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No. of Shots

27 11

Shots on Target

6 6

Possession

61% 39%

Fouls Conceded

15 10

Corners Won

6 5

Discipline

Goals
None

Killie Team

Bachmann, O'Donnell, Bruce, Dicker, Taylor, Burke, (McKenzie 79), Tshbola , Power , Millar, (Ndjoli 78), McAlney, Brophy, (K Boyd 87).  
Subs Not Used: MacDonald, Waters, Fizzell, Millen.  

Attendance: 58,851. 

Man of the Match Vote

Match Recap

Through suspension and injury, Kilmarnock were missing three defenders, not that you would have noticed. Gary Dicker and Alex Bruce (below) were deposited in the heart of the defence and were excellent. Stephen O'Donnell was high-energy alongside them. In front, Alan Power was alert and influential and, further on, the visitors had pace and wit through Chris Burke, Liam Millar and Eamonn Brophy.

Celtic dug it out in the end after an improved second half. The winner came after 67 minutes - spooky enough - and 16 seconds through a header from a centre-half wearing the number five that McNeill once wore. Spookier still. 

The points were precious, but this was another below-par Celtic day in a growing list of below-par Celtic days. Little of what happened here will have added ballast to Neil Lennon's prospects of being the permanent manager in the summer. 

Bottom line, it was a win, but the visitors made it nervous to the last kick. Kilmarnock should have been ahead at the break. Burke got a lucky break of the ball in the Celtic penalty area and a bit more decisiveness in his finish was required. One-on-one with Bain, his attempt was too tame. It was a golden chance. 

Three minutes later, Kilmarnock cut through again, Millar breaking away from James Forrest and Mikael Lustig down the left only to shoot straight at Bain from the angle. Directly after, Conor McAleny fired on goal, Bain tipping it over for a corner. 

A fourth attacking moment came within minutes, Kristoffer Ajer losing control of the ball in front of his own box and getting ransacked by Brophy. It was only the defender's pace to put a tackle in on the striker that dug him out of a hole. 

Comments

Steve Clarke: "We played well but switched off on the second phase of a set play and it has cost us dear but performance wise - I thought the effort, attitude and discipline from the players was top class today and we deserved to take something from the game."

"He’s [Liam Millar] a good player. Sometimes you just feel the moment is right and you are watching them in training and thinking ok he’s ready to go and what a fantastic stage. He didn’t let himself or the team down.

"Alex Bruce has been waiting a long time to play. Obviously, his last game was at Ibrox when he got injured early on but I thought he and Gary Dicker, two different type of centre back than we normally have, controlled the game very well.
"It meant we had to play a slightly different way, quite expansive and that’s why I went with four attacking players and maybe to be critical of ourselves maybe with some more quality in the final third of the pitch we’d be going away with at least one if not three points."

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