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  • Five-star Celts sink Kilmarnock to go top of the Premiership table

    Five-star Celts sink Kilmarnock to go top of the Premiership table

    By: Tony Connelly on 08 Dec, 2018 16:57

  • Scottish Premiership
    Saturday, December 8, 2018
    Celtic Park, Glasgow

    CELTIC…5
    (Forrest 5, 66, Edouard 25, Lustig 35, Christie 45)

    KILMARNOCK…1
    (Brophy 51pen)

    CELTIC stormed to the top of the league with a stunning 5-1 defeat of Kilmarnock as Brendan Rodgers' side showed their dominance in a thrilling win on their return to Paradise.

    James Forrest took his goal tally for the season to 11 with a strike either side of half-time, while the game was wrapped up before the break as Odsonne Edouard, Mikael Lustig and Ryan Christie all found the back of the net.

    Celtic quickly took control of proceedings after scoring with the first opportunity of the game. Emilio Izaguirre curled a cross into the box which Forrest ran on to and cushioned into the bottom corner with the inside of his left foot.  

    The Hoops continued to push forward in search of a second goal and Tom Rogic forced a fine save from Daniel Bachmann with a powerful strike from the edge of the area. The Kilie keeper had barely drawn breath before rescuing his team with another good save just moments later, again denying Rogic.

    Kilmarnock’s attempts to grab an equaliser opened the game up and Celtic made good use of the space, particularly on the counter-attack. The visitors looked vulnerable to Celtic’s quick transition into attack and they succumbed to just that midway through the first half when the Hoops made it 2-0.

    Christie broke forward with the ball before slipping it to Rogic on the edge of the box. He quickly rolled it into the path of Edouard, who took a touch and coolly tucked it into the top corner, all in his stride.

    After scoring their second goal, Celtic moved up a gear and the relentless pressure in the final third looked certain to increase the lead as Jozo Simunovic and Forrest both had headers saved by the keeper.

    A third goal looked a certainty and it came from a Callum McGregor free-kick out on the left. The midfielder’s cross into the box was met by Mikael Lustig who stabbed the ball beyond the keeper with his right foot.

    And Celtic made it 4-0 on the stroke of half-time from another free-kick. This time it was Christie who continued his brilliant goalscoring run when he curled the ball around the Killie wall and into the bottom corner.

    Kilmarnock clawed a goal back early in the second half through a penalty. The referee deemed Filip Benkovic’s sliding tackle on Rory McKenzie to have been a foul and Eamonn Brophy converted from the spot.

    Forrest nearly scored a second shortly afterwards after he was teed up by Tom Rogic, but his shot from just inside the box came back off the inside of the post. The Hoops winger would not be denied his brace for much longer, though, and he soon restored Celtic’s four-goal lead. Bachmann rushed off his line to smother Christie’s attempt but the loose ball fell to Forrest and he rifled it into the roof of the net.

    Sinclair showed some great flare down the left flank as he threatened to add a sixth goal for the Celts. His first chance came following some superb link-up play between Leigh Griffiths and Forrest, but his shot was a yard wide of the far post.

    The English winger created his second chance after weaving between two defenders, cutting inside and taking aim for the far corner, only to be denied by the woodwork. But it was a dominant Celtic performance and a jubiliant Celtic support who celebrated returning to the top of the table with a 5-1 win.

    CELTIC: Gordon; Lustig, Simunovic, Benkovic, Izaguirre; McGregor, Christie (Brown 77), Rogic (Ntcham 61), Sinclair, Forrest; Edouard (Griffiths 66)
    Subs: Bain, Hendry, Gamboa, Hayes

    KILMARNOCK: Bachmann; O’Donnell, S.Boyd, Findlay, Taylor; McKenzie, Dicker, Tshbola (Brophy 51), Power, Jones; Stewart
    Subs: MacDonald, K.Boyd, Ndjoli, Waters, Millen, Burke

    Website Man of the Match: James Forrest

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