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Sunday, 2 April, 2000, 20:28 GMT 21:28 UK
Celtic back on song
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Kenny Dalglish will be relieved with a victory
Celtic 4-2 Kilmarnock

Celtic defeated Kilmarnock in a six-goal thriller to help ease the pain of last week's 4-0 defeat against Rangers at Ibrox.

Goals from Tommy Johnson, Regi Blinker, Eyal Berkovic and substitute Mark Burchill lifted some of the gloom over the club after Paul Wright and Jim Lauchlan had stunned the home side with a brilliant second-half fight-back.
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Killie fought back well in the second period
With the management position still unresolved interim manager Kenny Dalglish could have had more questions to answer as the returning Olivier Tebily almost allowed Kilmarnock to take a shock lead in just the second minute.

Former Celtic star Tosh McKinlay launched the ball downfield and hesitancy from the Ivory Coast man allowed Jerome Vareille space in the box but the defender made a desperate challenge to prevent the Frenchman from firing home.

Celtic should have gone in front as Berkovic played a one-two with Lubomir Moravcik but the Israeli international fired straight at Kilmarnock goalkeeper Gordon Marshall from 15 yards.

The team we sent out today was a wee bit attack minded because we have run out of defenders a little bit.

Celtic interim manager Kenny Dalglish
Kilmarnock had been warned and Celtic did take the lead in the 11th minute when Johnson beat the offside trap to run onto Vidar Riseth's through ball and he waited his time before placing the ball past Marshall's left hand.

Kilmarnock were chasing the game and were leaving gaps open at the back and in the 21st minute Celtic capitalised to double their advantage.

In almost a carbon copy of an earlier move Berkovic played a one-two with Moravcik and despite Lauchlan's block, Blinker followed up to fire home past Marshall.

Johnson denied

After the restart Celtic had the ball in the net twice in the space of three minutes but the linesman was flagging and the referee ruled out both Johnson's efforts - much to the disbelief of the home crowd.

Kilmarnock used it to their advantage and showed real grit and determination to hit back in the 49th minute when substitute Paul Wright beat the offside trap to head home Christophe Cocard's cross emphatically past Gould.

I am disappointed with the first half performance.

Kilmarnock manager Bobby Williamson
Then came the equaliser - which silenced the home crowd. Gary Holt's half-hit shot from Durrant's corner was headed on by Dindeleux and Cocard directed the ball across the face of goal for Lauchlan to head home at the far post.

Amazingly Johnson then had the ball in the net again only for it to be chalked off for offside and moments later Berkovic suffered a similar fate.

Celtic however got the goal they deserved in the 72nd minute with the linesman's flag nowhere to be seen as Berkovic coolly lobbed Marshall who had come well off his line.

Substitute Mark Burchill then shattered Kilmarnock's hopes of more heroics moments later his introduction in the 84th minute when Berkovic made a brilliant run leaving a number of Kilmarnock players in his wake before setting the youngster up to slot home.

Teams:

Celtic: Gould, Healy, Riseth, Mjallby, Tebily, Petrov, Lambert, Blinker, Berkovic, Johnson, Moravcik. Subs: Kerr, Burchill, Creaney, Petta, de Ornelan.

Kilmarnock: Marshall, MacPherson, Cocard, Reilly, Holt, Durrant, Vareille, Dindeleux, Lauchlan, Abou, McKinlay. Subs: Meldrum, Canero, Hessey, Mitchell, Wright.

Referee: M Mccurrie (Glasgow)

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