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Mikael Lustig

Celtic responded to talk of a title challenge by Kilmarnock by annihilating Steve Clarke’s side 5-1 to return to the top of the Scottish Premiership.

The Ayrshire club led the division at kick-off but conceded four first-half goals as Celtic flexed their muscles.

James Forrest, Odsonne Edouard, Mikael Lustig and Ryan Christie scored for the champions as the visitors folded.

Eammon Brophy pulled one back after Rory McKenzie was tripped, but Forrest added his second to complete the rout.

Kilmarnock slip to second place and trail Celtic by two points, having played two games more. They will drop to third on Sunday should Rangers avoid defeat at Dundee.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23Lustig
  • 5SimunovicBooked at 9mins
  • 32Benkovic
  • 3IzaguirreBooked at 75mins
  • 42McGregor
  • 49Forrest
  • 18RogicSubstituted forNtchamat 62’minutes
  • 17ChristieSubstituted forBrownat 77’minutes
  • 11Sinclair
  • 22EdouardSubstituted forGriffithsat 68’minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hendry
  • 8Brown
  • 9Griffiths
  • 12Gamboa
  • 15Hayes
  • 21Ntcham
  • 29Bain

Kilmarnock

  • 26Bachmann
  • 2O’DonnellBooked at 31mins
  • 16Boyd
  • 17Findlay
  • 3Taylor
  • 27TshibolaSubstituted forBrophyat 45’minutes
  • 6PowerBooked at 53mins
  • 8Dicker
  • 7McKenzie
  • 11Jones
  • 19StewartBooked at 54minsSubstituted forNdjoliat 78’minutes

Substitutes

  • 1MacDonald
  • 9Boyd
  • 12Ndjoli
  • 18Waters
  • 22Millen
  • 25Brophy
  • 29Burke
Referee:
Nick Walsh

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home20
Away9
Shots on Target
Home11
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 5, Kilmarnock 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 5, Kilmarnock 1.

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock).

Foul by Jozo Simunovic (Celtic).

Mikael Ndjoli (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

Foul by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Mikael Ndjoli replaces Greg Stewart.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Scott Brown replaces Ryan Christie.

Attempt missed. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

Greg Stewart (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Stephen O’Donnell.

Attempt saved. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Scott Sinclair (Celtic) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.

Attempt missed. Greg Stewart (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Leigh Griffiths replaces Odsonne Edouard.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 5, Kilmarnock 1. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner.

Attempt blocked. Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Scott Sinclair (Celtic).

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Olivier Ntcham replaces Tomas Rogic.

Foul by Scott Sinclair (Celtic).

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Scott Boyd (Kilmarnock).

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock).

James Forrest (Celtic) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

Foul by Filip Benkovic (Celtic).

Greg Stewart (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Scott Sinclair (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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