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Alexei Eremenko produces a cross, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.
Anthony Stokes takes the outswinging corner, save by Anssi Jaakkola.
James Forrest produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
Scott Brown is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Anssi Jaakkola.
William Gros leaves the field to be replaced by Kieran Agard.
(Kilmarnock) makes a substitution, with Billy Berntsson coming on for Tim Clancy.
Foul by Fredrik Ljungberg on Tim Clancy, free kick awarded. Jamie Hamill takes the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Charlie Mulgrew. Anssi Jaakkola takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is crossed by Charlie Mulgrew.
Georgios Samaras comes on in place of Emilio Izaguirre.
Anthony Stokes sends in a cross, Anssi Jaakkola makes a save.
Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew played to the near post, save made by Anssi Jaakkola.
Gary Hooper takes a shot. Save made by Anssi Jaakkola.
Fredrik Ljungberg replaces Kris Commons.
Mark Wilson produces a right-footed shot from 35 yards and missed to the left of the goal.
James Fowler receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Kris Commons receives a caution.
(Kilmarnock) makes a substitution, with Garry Hay coming on for Liam Kelly.
William Gros takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
Effort on goal by Gary Hooper from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Jamie Hamill takes a shot. Fraser Forster makes a save.
Centre by Liam Kelly.
Sung-Yeung Ki on for Beram Kayal.
Anthony Stokes scores a goal from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-4 Celtic.Gary Hooper provided the assist for the goal.
Centre by Tim Clancy.
James Forrest takes a shot. Save by Anssi Jaakkola.
Anthony Stokes produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Corner taken by Kris Commons from the left by-line, Kris Commons takes a shot.
Beram Kayal takes a shot. Save made by Anssi Jaakkola.
Mark Wilson takes the outswinging corner, The ball is delivered by Anthony Stokes.
Jamie Hamill is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick crossed left-footed by Kris Commons.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Beram Kayal by James Fowler. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.
Gary Hooper gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-3 Celtic.Kris Commons provided the assist for the goal.
Corner taken by Kris Commons, clearance by Tim Clancy.
Centre by Anthony Stokes, Manuel Pascali gets a block in.
The referee blows for offside against Tim Clancy. Free kick taken by Mark Wilson.
Liam Kelly challenges Kris Commons unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
Daniel Majstorovic concedes a free kick for a foul on David Silva. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Alexei Eremenko, blocked by Kris Commons.
Kris Commons scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-2 Celtic.Assist by Gary Hooper.
Tim Clancy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Forrest. Booking for Tim Clancy for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mark Wilson, clearance made by Tim Clancy.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Forrest by Manuel Pascali. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
David Silva fouled by Beram Kayal, the ref awards a free kick. Beram Kayal is shown a yellow card. Free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.
The ball is swung over by Mark Wilson.
The ball is delivered by Alexei Eremenko, Kris Commons manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Gary Hooper on Tim Clancy, free kick awarded. Manuel Pascali restarts play with the free kick.
Kris Commons produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
Daniel Majstorovic handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Craig Bryson takes the free kick.
William Gros takes a shot. Save made by Fraser Forster.
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, Anssi Jaakkola makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by James Forrest.
Emilio Izaguirre sends in a cross, Jamie Hamill gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken by Alexei Eremenko, Centre by William Gros.
Kris Commons takes the inswinging corner, Foul by Daniel Majstorovic on Manuel Pascali, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Anssi Jaakkola.
Corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons from the left by-line, clearance by Manuel Pascali.
Shot from deep inside the area by Kris Commons clears the bar.
Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Anssi Jaakkola makes a save.
David Silva gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Forrest. Mark Wilson takes the free kick.
A goal is scored by Kris Commons from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-1 Celtic.Gary Hooper provided the assist for the goal.
Killie welcome back Pascali
Manuel Pascali returns from suspension for Kilmarnock's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Celtic.
Mehdi Taouil (hamstring), Frazer Wright (shoulder) and Mohamadou Sissoko (groin) remain out while Scott Evans is sidelined with a groin problem.
James Dayton is pushing for action following his recovery from cruciate ligament damage.
Half of Kilmarnock's final six matches come against the Old Firm, starting with the visit of Celtic.
Goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola said: "You always try to play as well as possible and we have some good games ahead against Celtic and Rangers.
"Those games will be tough games and a good challenge for me and for the whole team."
Joe Ledley is out of Celtic's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park with a hamstring injury.
The Hoops midfielder suffered the injury in the Scottish Cup semi-final win over Aberdeen at Hampden Park on Sunday and is unlikely to be fit for the Old Firm game at Ibrox this coming Sunday.
Defender Glenn Loovens is doubtful with a hamstring strain while Cha Du-ri is still sidelined with an ankle injury.
Turning his attention to domestic matters, Lennon shot down any notions he would pick a side to play at Rugby Park with one eye on Sunday's Old Firm clash at Ibrox.
"There is no point in doing that," he said.
"If we drop points then it puts massive pressure on us for Sunday.
"So I am not thinking that way.
"I am thinking about putting out the best team that I possibly can to beat Kilmarnock.
"With the way Kilmarnock play, the game might be open and I think both teams will have a go at each other which will hopefully help us.
"But we have to go to Hearts, Kilmarnock, Rangers and Inverness and we have Dundee United and Motherwell at home.
"Every game throws up all sorts of dangers for us but we will take each game on its merits.
"We have to win them and put as much pressure on our rivals as we can."
Commons bags brace in Hoops romp
Celtic moved within a point of Rangers at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League after trouncing Kilmarnock 4-0 at Rugby Park.
In a breathtaking performance, a Kris Commons double and a Gary Hooper strike had the points tied up for the visitors before the interval.
Anthony Stokes scored a fourth at the start of the second half and in the end the punch-drunk Ayrshire side were happy not to concede any more goals.
After such a convincing victory Celtic, who have a game in hand over Rangers, will travel to Ibrox on Sunday for the last Old Firm clash of the season in confident mood.
The mood around Rugby Park before tonight's game with Killie was peculiar.
Most of the attention was on Neil Lennon after morning revelations that parcel bombs had been sent to him, a lawyer and a politician.
The Hoops fans behind both goals sang in support of their boss and they had something to cheer in the fourth minute when the electric Commons fired them into the lead.
Hooper slipped the ball to the Scotland midfielder who dispatched his shot from just inside the box so quickly that Killie goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola had no chance.
The visitors were clearly fired up and Kilmarnock, try as they might with some neat passing, could barely get out of their own half.
In the 12th minute Commons flashed a shot from distance over the bar before, in Killie's first real attack moments later, striker William Gros cut the ball back from the byline after going past Commons but found no takers.
Then David Da Silva tested Fraser Forster from close range after playing a one-two with midfielder Alexei Eremenko, but the Celtic goalkeeper blocked with his feet.
After another orchestrated vocal show of support for Lennon from the travelling support which was acknowledged by the former Hoops skipper, Commons drove wide from a narrow angle.
It was only a matter of time before the second goal arrived and in the 34th minute, after midfielder Jamie Fowler was caught in possession by Commons, Hooper again set him up and the former Derby player confidently slipped the ball past Jaakkola.
It looked all over for the bedraggled home side four minutes from the break when Hooper drove in number three.
The former Scunthorpe striker took a pass from Stokes, eased past Manuel Pascali and rifled a shot home from the edge of the box with the help of a slight deflection.
There was no respite for Killie in a whirlwind start to the second half.
From a Commons corner, Stokes forced a save from Jaakkola seconds before Commons' angled shot from the edge of the box crashed off the crossbar.
In the 49th minute Stokes clipped the bar with a curling shot which had beaten the beleaguered Jaakkola, who soon had to deal with an effort from James Forrest, in for the injured Joe Ledley.
Stokes eventually got himself on to the scoresheet in the 58th minute after Charlie Mulgrew's long pass down the left found Hooper, who controlled the ball and laid it off to the former Sunderland striker to drive high past the hapless Jaakkola.
Killie were all over the place as the Celtic support celebrated a sparkling performance from their side while anticipating more goals.
Celtic were toying with Killie at times and in the 70th minute the overworked Jaakkola had to make a decent save from Hooper's point-blank drive.
The visitors were not for letting up and Forrest came close with an angled drive from the edge of the box with two minutes remaining which sped past the far post.
There was no addition to the scoreline and Lennon took the acclaim of the Celtic supporters at the end of the match.
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