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Kilmarnock   0 - 2   Celtic

Highlights - Kilmarnock v Celtic

Highlights - Kilmarnock 0-2 Celtic

By David McDaid

Celtic returned to within a point of Scottish Premier League leaders Rangers after a workmanlike win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

It took until added time at the end of the first half for Celtic to break down their hosts, when Scott Brown headed in from six yards.

Kilmarnock showed some good build-up play at times, but failed to test Fraser Forster in the Celtic goal.

Kris Commons sealed the points with another wonderful strike on 68 minutes.

With Celtic missing Joe Ledley and Beram Kayal from their midfield engine room it was Kilmarnock who looked the more settled side early on.

And they might have gone ahead in the eighth minute when James Dayton, making his first start since September, shot just past the near post, cutting in from the right after a good move involving Alexei Eremenko, and James Bryson.

At the other end Momo Sissoko, being watched by his parent club Udinese, made a poor clearance to allow Daryl Murphy a strike at goal, which the Celtic forward drilled just wide from the edge of the box.

Celtic had the ball in the net on 19 minutes, but Gary Hooper was offside as he reacted to prod in Daniel Majstorovic's header, which Cammy Bell had saved.

With Celtic toiling to cut open the home defence Commons struck a couple of efforts over from distance.

But the midfielder came closer after the half-hour mark, shaving the crossbar with a 25-yard free-kick.

And he was again denied by the assistant referee's flag, having poked the ball into Bell's net when the ball broke to him in an offside position.

Eremenko, again looking composed in possession in Kilmarnock's midfield, tried his luck from outside the box, but failed to trouble Forster.

But Celtic took the lead in first-half stoppage time through their captain Brown.

Murphy hung a deep cross to the back post, James Forrest headed back across goal, and Brown dived to head the ball in from six yards.

The goal seemed to relax Celtic, who started brightly after the break, with Forrest slamming a shot against the side netting.

But Majstorovic had his defensive partner Thomas Rogne to thank for a saving tackle on Kieran Agard after the Swede was caught on the ball on the edge of Celtic's box.

Celtic eventually got the second goal they craved on 68 minutes, with Commons yet again the scorer.

The Scotland winger took a cross-field pass from Brown and, having watched earlier efforts drift off target, found the top corner of the net with a thunderous shot from 25 yards.

Kilmarnock, who have won many plaudits for their play over the course of the season, looked lacklustre in the closing stages and Celtic ended up comfortable winners.

However, one possible blight on the victory could be the departure of Player of the Season Emilio Izaguirre late on with an apparent hamstring concern.

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Sunday, 8 May 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Kilmarnock 0-2 Celtic FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Brown 45+1
    • Commons 68

    Kilmarnock

    • 13 Bell
    • 02 Clancy
    • 03 Hay
    • 06 Sissoko (Pursehouse 57)
    • 07 Bryson
    • 14 Silva (Taouil 65)
    • 22 Kelly
    • 23 Dayton (Fisher 77)
    • 29 Pascali yellow card
    • 17 Agard
    • 20 Eremenko yellow card

    Substitutes

    • 21 Letheren,
    • 15 Berntsson,
    • 34 Fisher,
    • 10 Taouil,
    • 26 Pursehouse,
    • 28 Gross,
    • 87 Aubameyang

    Celtic

    • 26 Forster
    • 03 Izaguirre (Mulgrew 70)
    • 05 Majstorovic
    • 12 Wilson
    • 25 Rogne
    • 08 Brown yellow card
    • 18 Ki Sung-Yeung yellow card
    • 15 Commons
    • 27 Murphy
    • 49 Forrest (Maloney 65)
    • 88 Hooper (McCourt 87)

    Substitutes

    • 24 Zaluska,
    • 04 Juarez,
    • 11 Cha Du-Ri ,
    • 21 Mulgrew,
    • 14 McGinn,
    • 20 McCourt,
    • 13 Maloney
    Ref: CollumAtt: 9,720
    KILMARNOCK
    CELTIC

    Possession

    • Kilmarnock 45%
    • Celtic 55%

    Attempts on target

    • Kilmarnock 1
    • Celtic 2

    Attempts off target

    • Kilmarnock 2
    • Celtic 7

    Corners

    • Kilmarnock 2
    • Celtic 5

    Fouls

    • Kilmarnock 11
    • Celtic 17
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:51 The match has reached full-time.
    • 89:09 The offside flag is raised against Daryl Murphy. Kieran Agard takes the indirect free kick.
    • 87:29 Scott Brown challenges Garry Hay unfairly and gives away a free kick. Garry Hay restarts play with the free kick.
    • 86:03 The offside flag is raised against Gary Hooper. Indirect free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
    • 86:03 Substitution Patrick McCourt on for Gary Hooper.
    • 82:59 Craig Bryson is ruled offside. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
    • 82:19 Garry Hay fouled by Daryl Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Garry Hay.
    • 78:38 The referee blows for offside against Gary Hooper. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Clancy.
    • 76:21 Substitution Gary Fisher comes on in place of James Dayton.
    • 74:34 Daniel Majstorovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Cameron Bell. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
    • 73:40 Shaun Maloney takes the inswinging corner, Garry Hay manages to make a clearance.
    • 72:18 Corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons, save made by Cameron Bell.
    • 69:55 Substitution Charlie Mulgrew is brought on as a substitute for Emilio Izaguirre.
    • 68:22 Foul by Garry Hay on Scott Brown, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
    • 67:12 The assist for the goal came from Scott Brown.
    • 67:12 GOAL - Kris CommonsKilmarnock 0 - 2 Celtic Kris Commons gets on the score sheet with a goal from long range to the top right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-2 Celtic.
    • 66:11 Shaun Maloney takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Craig Bryson.
    • 65:35 Foul by Kris Commons on Garry Hay, free kick awarded. Alexei Eremenko restarts play with the free kick.
    • 64:41 Substitution Mehdi Taouil comes on in place of David Silva.
    • 64:19 Substitution Shaun Maloney replaces James Forrest.
    • 61:20 Kieran Agard fouled by Thomas Rogne, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by James Dayton.
    • 60:14 Foul by Manuel Pascali on Scott Brown, free kick awarded. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the free kick.
    • 56:28 Substitution (Kilmarnock) makes a substitution, with Alex Pursehouse coming on for Mohamadou Sissoko.
    • 54:48 The offside flag is raised against Gary Hooper. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
    • 53:40 Corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.
    • 51:35 Short corner worked by Alexei Eremenko.
    • 50:45 Corner taken right-footed by David Silva from the left by-line, save by Fraser Forster.
    • 49:57 Effort from outside the penalty box by Sung-Yeung Ki goes wide right of the target.
    • 49:19 Kieran Agard challenges Daniel Majstorovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.
    • 47:55 Effort from inside the area by James Forrest misses to the right of the target.
    • 47:33 Handball by James Dayton. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.
    • 46:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Majstorovic on Tim Clancy. Alexei Eremenko takes the direct free kick.
    • 46:19 James Forrest has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 45:24 The referee blows for offside against Gary Hooper. Cameron Bell takes the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:05 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • 45:00+0:09 The assist for the goal came from James Forrest.
    • 45:00+0:09 GOAL - Scott BrownKilmarnock 0 - 1 Celtic Scott Brown scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Kilmarnock 0-1 Celtic.
    • 44:17 Tim Clancy is caught offside. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.
    • 43:00 Kieran Agard is caught offside. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.
    • 42:10 The assistant referee flags for offside against Gary Hooper. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 41:39 Alexei Eremenko produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
    • 41:08 Emilio Izaguirre concedes a free kick for a foul on James Dayton. Free kick taken by Liam Kelly.
    • 40:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mohamadou Sissoko by Gary Hooper. Mohamadou Sissoko takes the free kick.
    • 39:22 The assistant referee flags for offside against James Forrest. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
    • 38:07 Mohamadou Sissoko fouled by Kris Commons, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alexei Eremenko.
    • 37:47 Craig Bryson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Majstorovic. Direct free kick taken by Scott Brown.
    • 35:39 Alexei Eremenko takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
    • 34:22 Sung-Yeung Ki gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kieran Agard. Alexei Eremenko takes the free kick.
    • 33:41 The offside flag is raised against Kris Commons. Indirect free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
    • 31:31 Manuel Pascali gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daryl Murphy. Kris Commons produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick,
    • 31:31 Booking Manuel Pascali booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 30:12 Sung-Yeung Ki concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexei Eremenko. Direct free kick taken by Alexei Eremenko.
    • 30:12 Booking Booking for Sung-Yeung Ki for unsporting behaviour.
    • 28:35 The ball is crossed by Daryl Murphy, save by Cameron Bell.
    • 25:16 Kris Commons produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 25:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Silva on James Forrest. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the direct free kick.
    • 23:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Brown on James Dayton. Free kick taken by Mohamadou Sissoko.
    • 23:56 Booking The referee shows Scott Brown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 20:02 Unfair challenge on Alexei Eremenko by Scott Brown results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mohamadou Sissoko.
    • 19:08 The assistant referee flags for offside against Gary Hooper. Cameron Bell takes the indirect free kick.
    • 18:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Bryson on Gary Hooper. Kris Commons takes the direct free kick.
    • 15:09 Thomas Rogne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kieran Agard. Manuel Pascali takes the direct free kick.
    • 12:55 Unfair challenge on Mark Wilson by Alexei Eremenko results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.
    • 12:55 Booking Alexei Eremenko booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 10:51 Effort from the edge of the area by Daryl Murphy goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 9:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown by Craig Bryson. Daniel Majstorovic takes the free kick.
    • 8:52 Mohamadou Sissoko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Hooper. Free kick taken by Scott Brown.
    • 7:13 James Dayton produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 5:34 Effort on goal by Kris Commons from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 4:55 Corner taken by Kris Commons from the right by-line, David Silva makes a clearance.
    • 3:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Bryson by Daryl Murphy. Alexei Eremenko takes the direct free kick.
    • 2:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Liam Kelly. Direct free kick taken by Emilio Izaguirre.
    • Correction - 1:27 Daniel Majstorovic challenges Kieran Agard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mohamadou Sissoko restarts play with the free kick.
    • 1:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Majstorovic on Kieran Agard. Garry Hay takes the free kick.
    • 0:41 Scott Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Bryson. Tim Clancy takes the free kick.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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    Scottish Premier results

    8 May 2011 23:59 UK


    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 8 May 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Rangers 36 53 87
    2 Celtic 36 56 86
    3 Hearts 36 12 63
    4 Dundee Utd 36 6 58
    5 Kilmarnock 36 2 48
    7 Motherwell 36 -16 45
    6 Inverness CT 36 5 47
    8 St Johnstone 36 -21 40
    9 Hibernian 36 -18 37
    10 Aberdeen 36 -21 35
    11 St Mirren 36 -25 29
    12 Hamilton 36 -33 26

    see also
    Lennon still hopeful of SPL title
    09 May 11 |  Celtic
    Kilmarnock boss happy in defeat
    08 May 11 |  Kilmarnock
    Kilmarnock-Celtic as it happened
    08 May 11 |  Scottish Premier


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