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Kilmarnock   0 - 4   Celtic

Highlights - Kilmarnock 0-4 Celtic

Highlights - Kilmarnock 0-4 Celtic

By Martin Conaghan

Celtic reduced Rangers' lead at the top of the league table to one point with an impressive victory at Kilmarnock.

A well-worked move saw Gary Hooper set up Kris Commons to fire in the opener after just four minutes.

The Scotland international doubled his tally after the half-hour mark with a fine drive, then Hooper struck from 18 yards just before the interval.

Anthony Stokes hit the roof of the net for Celtic's fourth in the 58th minute with a powerful shot from 10 yards.

The win puts pressure on league leaders Rangers ahead of Sunday's crucial Glasgow derby when Neil Lennon's Celtic make the trip to Ibrox, having played one match fewer than their rivals.

Lennon made two changes with Daniel Majstorovic and midfielder James Forrest coming in for Thomas Rogne and the injured Joe Ledley, while Manuel Pascali returned to the Killie defence after serving a ban, replacing Garry Hay and David Silva came in for Rui Miguel.

With just four minutes played, Izaguirre laid off to Hooper on the left, who then set up Commons on the edge of the box and the midfielder struck past Anssi Jaakkola in the Kilmarnock goal.

Stokes then fired a long range shot that Jaakkola held comfortably, before Commons sent a 25-yard shot overt the crossbar as Killie struggled to get out of their own half.

Silva tested visiting keeper Fraser Forster in the 17th minute from a narrow angle on the left-hand side, but the big keeper made an instinctive save with his feet to maintain the visitors' lead.

On 18 minutes, the travelling support launched a rousing support for their manager - who wore the number 18 jersey in his playing career with the Glasgow club - following a tumultuous week for the Northern Irishman.

A scramble in the Killie goalmouth ended when Liam Kelly made a vital clearance near the half hour mark.

Moments later, Commons slid in to dispossess James Fowler then pounced on a pass from Hooper before blasting home his second of the evening from 16 yards.

Six more minutes passed and Lennon's men were three goals to the good when Hooper netted his 18th goal of the season, collecting from Stokes, before sidestepping Pascali and rifling in from the edge of the penalty area.

Shortly after the restart, Stokes contrived to miss from two yards out after Hooper had crossed in from the right, then Commons struck the underside of the Killie crossbar.

The onslaught continued when Stokes shaved the top of the Killie goal with a powerful shot from wide on the left.

As the hour mark approached, Mulgrew sent a long ball forward for Hooper to cut back from the edge of the Killie penalty area, then Stokes sent his shot straight into the back of the net from 10 yards out to increase the lead to four.

Jamie Hamill rolled a side-footed effort straight at Forster after breaking free of the Celtic defence, but the big keeper was unfazed.

A patient build-up handed Mark Wilson a rare shot at goal, but his long-range effort inched wide of the mark, then Hooper had a shot from 10 yards tipped over the Killie bar by Jaakkola after Silva had put Forster under pressure at the away end.

A cheeky chip from Georgios Samaras in the final 10 minutes of the match failed to catch the Killie keeper off-guard, then Kieran Agard was bundled off the ball in the Celtic penalty area after breaking loose with two defenders to beat.

An injury-time free-kick for the hosts was easily headed clear by Mulgrew and Celtic held on for a clean sheet and three precious points.

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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Kilmarnock 0-4 Celtic FT
(HT 0-3)
    • Commons 4
    • Commons 34
    • Hooper 41
    • Stokes 58

    Kilmarnock

    • 53 Jaakkola
    • 02 Clancy yellow card (Berntsson 79)
    • 08 Hamill
    • 19 O'Leary
    • 29 Pascali
    • 04 Fowler yellow card
    • 07 Bryson
    • 14 Silva
    • 20 Eremenko
    • 22 Kelly (Hay 65)
    • 28 Gross (Agard 83)

    Substitutes

    • 21 Letheren,
    • 03 Hay,
    • 15 Berntsson,
    • 23 Dayton,
    • 09 Rui Miguel,
    • 17 Agard,
    • 87 Aubameyang

    Celtic

    • 26 Forster
    • 03 Izaguirre (Samaras 73)
    • 05 Majstorovic
    • 12 Wilson
    • 21 Mulgrew
    • 08 Brown
    • 15 Commons yellow card (Ljungberg 69)
    • 33 Baram Kayal yellow card (Ki Sung-Yeung 59)
    • 49 Forrest
    • 10 Stokes
    • 88 Hooper

    Substitutes

    • 24 Zaluska,
    • 25 Rogne,
    • 07 Ljungberg,
    • 14 McGinn,
    • 18 Ki Sung-Yeung,
    • 09 Samaras,
    • 27 Murphy
    Ref: MuirAtt: 9,117
    KILMARNOCK
    CELTIC

    Possession

    • Kilmarnock 51%
    • Celtic 49%

    Attempts on target

    • Kilmarnock 4
    • Celtic 9

    Attempts off target

    • Kilmarnock 0
    • Celtic 7

    Corners

    • Kilmarnock 1
    • Celtic 8

    Fouls

    • Kilmarnock 6
    • Celtic 5
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+1:38 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+0:23 Alexei Eremenko delivers the ball, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.
    • 89:03 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Anthony Stokes from the left by-line, save made by Anssi Jaakkola.
    • 88:04 Effort from the edge of the box by James Forrest goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 84:51 The official flags Scott Brown offside. Anssi Jaakkola takes the free kick.
    • 82:57 Substitution William Gros goes off and Kieran Agard comes on.
    • 78:16 Substitution Billy Berntsson comes on in place of Tim Clancy.
    • 76:37 Fredrik Ljungberg concedes a free kick for a foul on Tim Clancy. Jamie Hamill takes the free kick.
    • 75:23 The official flags Charlie Mulgrew offside. Anssi Jaakkola restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:13 Charlie Mulgrew produces a cross.
    • 72:20 Substitution Georgios Samaras on for Emilio Izaguirre.
    • 71:34 Anthony Stokes produces a cross, Anssi Jaakkola makes a save.
    • 70:17 Corner taken right-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line to the near post, Anssi Jaakkola makes a save.
    • 69:58 Gary Hooper takes a shot. Save made by Anssi Jaakkola.
    • 68:56 Substitution Fredrik Ljungberg replaces Kris Commons.
    • 68:36 Mark Wilson takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand post.
    • 65:48 Booking Booking for Kris Commons for unsporting behaviour.
    • 65:36 Booking Booking for James Fowler for unsporting behaviour.
    • 64:02 Substitution Garry Hay on for Liam Kelly.
    • 62:45 William Gros takes a shot. Save made by Fraser Forster.
    • 61:30 Gary Hooper produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 60:56 Jamie Hamill takes a shot. Fraser Forster makes a save.
    • 60:28 Liam Kelly delivers the ball.
    • 58:40 Substitution Sung-Yeung Ki comes on in place of Beram Kayal.
    • 57:39 Assist on the goal came from Gary Hooper.
    • 57:39 GOAL - Anthony StokesKilmarnock 0 - 4 Celtic A goal is scored by Anthony Stokes from inside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-4 Celtic.
    • 53:48 Tim Clancy crosses the ball.
    • 51:13 James Forrest takes a shot. Save made by Anssi Jaakkola.
    • 49:09 Effort from inside the area by Anthony Stokes misses to the left of the target.
    • 47:12 Corner taken right-footed by Kris Commons from the left by-line, Kris Commons takes a shot.
    • 45:22 Beram Kayal takes a shot. Save by Anssi Jaakkola.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:10 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • 44:30 Mark Wilson takes the outswinging corner, The ball is delivered by Anthony Stokes.
    • 43:54 The referee gives a free kick against Jamie Hamill for handball. Kris Commons crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 43:01 Unfair challenge on Beram Kayal by James Fowler results in a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.
    • 40:10 Kris Commons provided the assist for the goal.
    • 40:10 GOAL - Gary HooperKilmarnock 0 - 3 Celtic Gary Hooper grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-3 Celtic.
    • 38:43 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Kris Commons, clearance made by Tim Clancy.
    • 38:27 Anthony Stokes crosses the ball, blocked by Manuel Pascali.
    • 37:56 The assistant referee flags for offside against Tim Clancy. Mark Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 37:15 Unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Liam Kelly results in a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
    • 35:46 Daniel Majstorovic concedes a free kick for a foul on David Silva. Alexei Eremenko has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Kris Commons gets a block in.
    • 33:27 The assist for the goal came from Gary Hooper.
    • 33:27 GOAL - Kris CommonsKilmarnock 0 - 2 Celtic A goal is scored by Kris Commons from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-2 Celtic.
    • 31:01 Free kick crossed by Mark Wilson, clearance made by Tim Clancy.
    • 31:01 Booking Tim Clancy is booked.
    • 30:53 James Forrest fouled by Tim Clancy, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 28:28 Unfair challenge on James Forrest by Manuel Pascali results in a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.
    • 26:09 Jamie Hamill takes the direct free kick.
    • 26:09 Booking Beram Kayal receives a yellow card.
    • 25:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Silva by Beram Kayal.
    • 24:16 Mark Wilson sends in a cross.
    • 23:04 The ball is sent over by Alexei Eremenko, clearance by Kris Commons.
    • 21:23 Unfair challenge on Tim Clancy by Gary Hooper results in a free kick. Manuel Pascali takes the free kick.
    • 20:25 Effort from the edge of the box by Kris Commons goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 18:43 The referee gives a free kick against Daniel Majstorovic for handball. Craig Bryson takes the free kick.
    • 16:39 William Gros takes a shot. Save made by Fraser Forster.
    • 15:25 Jamie Hamill challenges Scott Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Charlie Mulgrew, save by Anssi Jaakkola.
    • 14:31 James Forrest takes a corner.
    • 14:21 Emilio Izaguirre delivers the ball, Jamie Hamill gets a block in.
    • 13:32 Corner taken by Alexei Eremenko from the left by-line, William Gros produces a cross.
    • 12:35 Corner taken by Kris Commons from the left by-line, Daniel Majstorovic challenges Manuel Pascali unfairly and gives away a free kick. Anssi Jaakkola takes the direct free kick.
    • 11:51 Corner taken by Kris Commons from the left by-line, Manuel Pascali manages to make a clearance.
    • 11:08 Effort on goal by Kris Commons from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 9:48 Anthony Stokes takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Anssi Jaakkola makes a save.
    • 8:14 David Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on James Forrest. Direct free kick taken by Mark Wilson.
    • 3:27 Assist by Gary Hooper.
    • 3:27 GOAL - Kris CommonsKilmarnock 0 - 1 Celtic Kris Commons fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-1 Celtic.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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    20 Apr 2011 23:59 UK


    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 20 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Rangers 33 44 80
    2 Celtic 32 52 79
    3 Hearts 33 16 61
    4 Dundee Utd 33 3 52
    5 Kilmarnock 33 6 47
    6 Motherwell 33 -7 44
    7 Inverness CT 32 1 38
    8 Hibernian 33 -16 36
    9 St Johnstone 33 -21 34
    10 Aberdeen 33 -20 31
    11 St Mirren 33 -23 28
    12 Hamilton 33 -35 19

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    Kilmarnock v Celtic as it happened
    20 Apr 11 |  Scottish Premier
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    19 Apr 11 |  Celtic


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