On-loan striker Chris Maguire opened the scoring for Kilmarnock
By Martin Conaghan
Robbie Keane's Celtic debut ended in disappointment as Kilmarnock recorded their first win at home against the Glasgow side in nine years.
On-loan Aberdeen striker Chris Maguire opened the scoring seven minutes into the second half after Mehdi Taouil played a neat cutback.
Celtic's new signing Keane was denied by a series of Cammy Bell saves.
Killie denied a string of late chances and claimed three points against Celtic for the first time in 25 outings.
Keane, who made his first start under Celtic manager Tony Mowbray, was joined in the starting 11 by Diomansy Kamara, while the fit-again Glenn Loovens and Lee Naylor were recalled and Scott Brown featured on the bench following his prolonged ankle injury.
Killie handed a debut to new loan signing Chris Maguire, while Tim Clancy made his first appearance since September.
After seven minutes of intense pressure from Celtic, Ki Sung Yong blasted in a powerful free-kick from 25 yards out that Killie keeper Bell turned around the post.
A few minutes later, Liam Kelly tested the Celtic keeper Artur Boruc with a shot from distance that the Polish stopper almost fumbled.
Tony Mowbray's side failed to find the net against Kilmarnock
Kilmarnock seemed unfazed by the early Celtic pressure, although Garry Hay was forced to clear a Kamara header off the line in the 21st minute.
The on-loan Senegal striker then blasted in a driving right-footed shot from the edge of the box two minutes later that inched past Bell's left-hand post.
Keane's first attempt on goal arrived on the half-hour mark, but the Republic of Ireland captain curved the ball towards the outside of the post and Bell helped it out for a corner.
Four minutes later, the on-loan Spurs striker tried his luck with a lob but missed the target then was kept out by Bell with a fine double-save from close range.
Following the break, Kamara sent a glancing header looping over the bar, but the home side broke the deadlock with seven minutes of the second half played when Taouil played a neat cutback inside the Celtic penalty area and Maguire buried the ball past Boruc.
Kilmarnock continued to pile on the pressure and Celtic showed signs of strain, with Aiden McGeady and Landry N'Guemo soon finding their names in the referee's book for a sequence of harsh challenges.
Shortly after the hour mark, Marc-Antoine Fortune pivoted on the six-yard line and made for the Killie goal with Bell making the block, denying the Frenchman the chance to equalise.
Fortune flighted in an inch-perfect cross from the right-hand side that Keane latched on to and fired goal-bound, but Bell came to the rescue and Celtic remained frustrated.
With less than 20 minutes of the match remaining, Conor Sammon squandered an opportunity to set up Kevin Kyle when he blundered a cross-field pass to the big striker and a rare second-half Killie attack fizzled out.
Loovens was unlucky not to reach the target for Celtic with a header from Ki's corner moments later.
The South Korean midfielder volleyed in from a clearance as the minutes ticked away, but his shot shaved the left-hand post.
Jamie Hamill brought out the best in Boruc in the final five minutes as Killie pressed to finish the game, but the Celtic keeper was up to the challenge.
Keane tested Bell at the other end 60 seconds later and seemed certain to score, but the Killie keeper pulled off a fantastic save with his feet.
Substitute Brown leapt above the Killie defence to nod in from six yards, but again Bell was on-hand to deny and Kilmarnock held out for all three points.
Kilmarnock manager Jimmy Calderwood: "It's been a long time and it was wonderful.
"Celtic started strongly and Robbie Keane was causing us all sorts of problems and we never really got into the game.
"But we changed it and got a grip on it, but they're so dangerous on the counter-attack.
"Our keeper made a couple of great saves and we didn't make Artur Boruc work too hard, but we got the goal, which was vital and we hung on to win the game.
"I told my players they were playing against a good side and you need to get the breaks, and we're lucky enough that that's how it worked out.
"Cammy Bell was fabulous. Sometimes you feel the script is written, but we changed the script."
Celtic manager Tony Mowbray: "It's not the result we wanted. We needed to hit the ground running with the new signings, but it didn't quite happen tonight.
"We didn't put the ball in the net. We had enough of the ball in their final third, but we didn't put the ball way and they defended really well.
"But that's football - we had enough opportunities to win the game, we didn't take them and we lost the game ultimately.
"But you take it on the chin and move on.
"We have a game at the weekend and we keep going.
"We're trying to build a team that can win football matches week in week out and be successful both domestically and in Europe.
"We have enough talent on the pitch to do that."
Live text and stats
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
02 Clancy (Kiernan 73)
10 Taouil (Sammon 62)
28 Maguire (Severin 80)
02 Hinkel (Caddis 31)
03 Naylor (Brown 74)
16 Hooiveld (Thompson 54)
06 N'Guemo yellow card
46 McGeady yellow card
Ref: TumiltyAtt: 9,308
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+4:18 The referee signals the end of the game.
90:00+3:02 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Diomansy Kamara.
90:00+0:53 The offside flag is raised against Craig Bryson. Artur Boruc takes the direct free kick.
90:00+0:17 Craig Bryson takes a short corner.
89:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Landry N'Guemo on Liam Kelly. Free kick taken by Liam Kelly.
88:07 Aiden McGeady delivers the ball, Scott Brown takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Bell. The assistant referee flags for offside
against Kevin Kyle. Free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
87:26 Unfair challenge on Scott Brown by Kevin Kyle results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Josh Thompson.
81:58 Corner taken right-footed by Diomansy Kamara from the left by-line, clearance made by Manuel Pascali. Outswinging corner taken
by Sung-Yong Ki.
81:42 Unfair challenge on Landry N'Guemo by Conor Sammon results in a free kick. Diomansy Kamara restarts play with the free kick.
80:54 Sung-Yong Ki has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
79:51 Substitution Christopher Maguire goes off and Scott Severin comes on.
76:34 Corner taken right-footed by Diomansy Kamara, Header from close range by Glenn Loovens bounces off the post.
74:11 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sung-Yong Ki, Christopher Maguire manages to make a clearance.
72:54 Substitution Scott Brown on for Lee Naylor.
72:54 Substitution (Kilmarnock) makes a substitution, with Robert Kiernan coming on for Tim Clancy.
68:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tim Clancy on Diomansy Kamara. Diomansy Kamara takes the direct free kick.
66:21 Marc-Antoine Fortune delivers the ball, Robbie Keane takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Bell.
64:05 A cross is delivered by Aiden McGeady, save by Cameron Bell.
63:22 Unfair challenge on Diomansy Kamara by Tim Clancy results in a free kick. Lee Naylor takes the free kick.
62:35 Sung-Yong Ki takes the inswinging corner, Kevin Kyle makes a clearance.
61:38 Substitution Conor Sammon replaces Mehdi Taouil.
60:10 Paul Caddis fouled by Jamie Hamill, the ref awards a free kick. Landry N'Guemo takes the free kick.
58:48 Free kick taken by Manuel Pascali.
58:48 Booking Landry N'Guemo shown a yellow card.
58:32 Unfair challenge on Liam Kelly by Landry N'Guemo results in a free kick.
57:49 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
57:16 Corner taken right-footed by Craig Bryson from the right by-line, Glenn Loovens manages to make a clearance.
55:57 Landry N'Guemo challenges Craig Bryson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Bryson takes the free kick.
55:20 Direct free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
55:20 Booking Aiden McGeady goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
54:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Garry Hay by Aiden McGeady.
52:21 Substitution Josh Thompson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jos Hooiveld.
52:21 Assist by Mehdi Taouil.
52:21 GOAL - Christopher Maguire:Kilmarnock 1 - 0 Celtic Christopher Maguire finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock
50:30 Corner taken left-footed by Lee Naylor, Cameron Bell makes a save.
49:21 Marc-Antoine Fortune is caught offside. Cameron Bell takes the direct free kick.
48:33 Unfair challenge on Diomansy Kamara by Simon Ford results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Naylor.
45:12 Aiden McGeady fouled by Garry Hay, the ref awards a free kick. Sung-Yong Ki takes the direct free kick.
45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
45:00+0:55 The ref blows to end the first period.
45:00 Sung-Yong Ki challenges Mehdi Taouil unfairly and gives away a free kick. Garry Hay restarts play with the free kick.
42:36 Aiden McGeady gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Garry Hay. Cameron Bell takes the free kick.
39:16 Unfair challenge on Landry N'Guemo by Kevin Kyle results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Glenn Loovens.
38:17 Corner from left by-line taken by Sung-Yong Ki.
37:17 Aiden McGeady is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Garry Hay takes the free kick.
34:26 Handball decision goes against Kevin Kyle. Direct free kick taken by Landry N'Guemo.
32:21 The referee blows for offside against Kevin Kyle. Direct free kick taken by Jos Hooiveld.
30:50 Sung-Yong Ki takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Liam Kelly.
30:15 Substitution Andreas Hinkel goes off and Paul Caddis comes on.
28:53 Sung-Yong Ki takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Simon Ford.
Correction - 25:37 Jamie Hamill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aiden McGeady. Lee Naylor has a direct shot on goal from the
free kick, save by Cameron Bell.
25:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aiden McGeady by Jamie Hamill. Direct free kick taken by Lee Naylor.
24:12 Inswinging corner taken by Craig Bryson, Kevin Kyle has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the
22:11 Diomansy Kamara produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
21:12 Diomansy Kamara takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Tim Clancy.
20:35 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Diomansy Kamara from the left by-line, clearance by Garry Hay.
19:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Kyle by Glenn Loovens. Direct free kick taken by Craig Bryson.
12:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc-Antoine Fortune on Garry Hay. Garry Hay takes the direct free kick.
10:25 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Naylor from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Liam Kelly.
9:42 Corner taken by Lee Naylor played to the near post, Simon Ford manages to make a clearance.
7:09 Lee Naylor takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Garry Hay manages to make a clearance.
6:19 Unfair challenge on Diomansy Kamara by Manuel Pascali results in a free kick. Sung-Yong Ki takes the direct free kick.
1:44 The referee blows for offside against Kevin Kyle. Glenn Loovens takes the free kick.
0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
Live text and data provided by The Press Association.
This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.