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  • Date:08 May 2011
  • Kick-off:12:45
  • Venue:Rugby Park
  • Attendance:9,720
  • Brown (45) Commons (67)
Goal!

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90mins

Daryl Murphy is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Kieran Agard.

88mins

Scott Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Garry Hay. Garry Hay restarts play with the free kick.

87mins

Patrick McCourt replaces Gary Hooper. Gary Hooper is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Cameron Bell.

83mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Craig Bryson. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.

83mins

Foul by Daryl Murphy on Garry Hay, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Garry Hay.

79mins

The referee blows for offside against Gary Hooper. Free kick taken by Tim Clancy.

77mins

Gary Fisher is brought on as a substitute for James Dayton.

75mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cameron Bell by Daniel Majstorovic. Cameron Bell takes the direct free kick.

74mins

Corner taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Garry Hay.

73mins

Kris Commons takes the inswinging corner, save by Cameron Bell.

70mins

Charlie Mulgrew is brought on as a substitute for Emilio Izaguirre.

69mins

Unfair challenge on Scott Brown by Garry Hay results in a free kick. Fraser Forster takes the direct free kick.

68mins

Kris Commons grabs a goal from long distance to the top right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 0-2 Celtic.Assist on the goal came from Scott Brown.

67mins

Inswinging corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line played to the near post, Craig Bryson manages to make a clearance.

66mins

Foul by Kris Commons on Garry Hay, free kick awarded. Alexei Eremenko restarts play with the free kick.

65mins

Mehdi Taouil replaces David Silva.

65mins

(Celtic) makes a substitution, with Shaun Maloney coming on for James Forrest.

62mins

Foul by Thomas Rogne on Kieran Agard, free kick awarded. James Dayton takes the direct free kick.

61mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Brown by Manuel Pascali. Direct free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.

57mins

Alex Pursehouse on for Mohamadou Sissoko.

55mins

The official flags Gary Hooper offside. Cameron Bell takes the free kick.

54mins

Outswinging corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the right by-line.

52mins

Short corner taken by Alexei Eremenko from the left by-line.

51mins

Inswinging corner taken by David Silva from the left by-line, Fraser Forster makes a save.

50mins

Sung-Yeung Ki produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.

50mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Majstorovic by Kieran Agard. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.

48mins

Effort on goal by James Forrest from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

48mins

Handball decision goes against James Dayton. Free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.

47mins

Daniel Majstorovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Tim Clancy. Free kick taken by Alexei Eremenko.

47mins

Effort from the edge of the area by James Forrest goes wide of the left-hand upright.

46mins

Gary Hooper is ruled offside. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.

46mins

Scott Brown grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Kilmarnock 0-1 Celtic.Assist on the goal came from James Forrest.

45mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Tim Clancy. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.

43mins

The offside flag is raised against Kieran Agard. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.

43mins

The offside flag is raised against Gary Hooper. Cameron Bell takes the free kick.

42mins

Alexei Eremenko produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

42mins

Foul by Emilio Izaguirre on James Dayton, free kick awarded. Liam Kelly takes the direct free kick.

41mins

Gary Hooper gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mohamadou Sissoko. Mohamadou Sissoko takes the free kick.

40mins

The offside flag is raised against James Forrest. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.

39mins

Kris Commons gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mohamadou Sissoko. Alexei Eremenko takes the direct free kick.

38mins

Daniel Majstorovic fouled by Craig Bryson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Brown.

36mins

Alexei Eremenko takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.

35mins

Sung-Yeung Ki concedes a free kick for a foul on Kieran Agard. Alexei Eremenko takes the free kick.

34mins

The referee blows for offside against Kris Commons. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.

32mins

Manuel Pascali booked for unsporting behaviour. Manuel Pascali concedes a free kick for a foul on Daryl Murphy. Kris Commons has an effort direct from the free kick,

31mins

Sung-Yeung Ki is shown a yellow card. Alexei Eremenko fouled by Sung-Yeung Ki, the ref awards a free kick. Alexei Eremenko takes the direct free kick.

29mins

The ball is sent over by Daryl Murphy, Cameron Bell makes a save.

26mins

Effort on goal by Kris Commons from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

25mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Forrest by David Silva. Direct free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.

24mins

Booking for Scott Brown. Scott Brown challenges James Dayton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mohamadou Sissoko restarts play with the free kick.

21mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alexei Eremenko by Scott Brown. Free kick taken by Mohamadou Sissoko.

20mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Gary Hooper. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.

19mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Bryson on Gary Hooper. Kris Commons restarts play with the free kick.

16mins

Unfair challenge on Kieran Agard by Thomas Rogne results in a free kick. Manuel Pascali takes the direct free kick.

13mins

Alexei Eremenko receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Wilson by Alexei Eremenko. Free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.

11mins

Effort from the edge of the area by Daryl Murphy goes wide of the right-hand upright.

10mins

Scott Brown fouled by Craig Bryson, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.

9mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Hooper by Mohamadou Sissoko. Scott Brown restarts play with the free kick.

8mins

Effort on goal by James Dayton from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

6mins

Kris Commons takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

5mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons from the right by-line, clearance by David Silva.

4mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Daryl Murphy on Craig Bryson. Alexei Eremenko restarts play with the free kick.

3mins

Kris Commons fouled by Liam Kelly, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Emilio Izaguirre.

2mins

Daniel Majstorovic challenges Kieran Agard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mohamadou Sissoko.

1mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Bryson by Scott Brown. Direct free kick taken by Tim Clancy.

Match Preview

Lennon wants Killie repeat Celtic manager Neil Lennon is looking for his players to make amends for their Inverness debacle when they take on Kilmarnock in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League at Rugby Park on Sunday. The Hoops manager criticised his side for their lacklustre and "lazy" display in the 3-2 defeat at the Tulloch Caledonian stadium on Wednesday night. However, Celtic won 4-0 in impressive style when they visited Ayrshire last month and Lennon is looking for more of the same. "It's a game we have to win," said the Irishman. "We want to play as well as we did two weeks ago and I will be looking for a big reaction from the players. "Every time we have had a bad result this season we have bounced back really well so I am looking for a positive reaction on Sunday and I'm pretty sure I will get it." Lennon expects Emilio Izaguirre to return to form after the Honduran left-back, who won the Scottish PFA players' player-of-the-year award this season, turned in an uncharacteristically below-par performance against Caley. The former Celtic skipper said: "He picked the wrong night to have a poor game by his standards. "But he was not alone. So I am not going to talk about individual performances. "He has had a fantastic season, he still has a big contribution to make in the remaining three league games and the Scottish Cup final as well." Shaun Maloney admits it would be devastating if Celtic failed to wrest the title back from Ibrox. Celtic have enjoyed the plaudits this season for some impressive performances and players like Izaguirre, Beram Kayal, Kris Commons and Gary Hooper have caught the eye. However, the former Aston Villa player believes the season is all about winning the SPL title. "I'm sure the individual players who have won the awards are proud," he said. "But the main prize that the whole group is looking for is the league. "It's been like that since the first game of the season and it would be devastating if we didn't win it. "No matter how well we have played or are going to play, the main thing is the trophies and if we don't win trophies then as a squad we have not fulfilled that potential that people talk about. "It's not about how much potential we could have, it's just about the here and now." Strikers Georgios Samaras and Anthony Stokes are suspended for Celtic. Charlie Mulgrew and Mark Wilson are both doubts but defender Andreas Hinkel has been training for the last three weeks and might come into the squad following his recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained last August. Mehdi Taouil would love to see Kilmarnock come out on top against Celtic and boost Kenny Shiels' chances of landing the manager's job. Number two Shiels stepped up when Mixu Paatelainen quit to take over the Finland national team and has made no secret of his desire to occupy the role on a permanent basis. The Irishman has yet to record his first victory as caretaker boss and Taouil says all the Killie players are keen to deliver a result. He said: "I'm desperate to give Kenny his first win. He is such a professional guy, he really works hard and is a nice guy. "We have three games to go and they are not the easiest games because teams are playing for the title. "I thought we had a good game last Saturday and all the players are desperate to fight and earn a result for Kenny because he really deserves it." However, Shiels insists he will not be thinking about his first win, claiming: "It's not really on my mind. "The team have lost two of the five games I've been in charge and they were two very difficult games against Dundee United and Celtic. "Everyone asks me the question about the first win, but that becomes a monkey on the back. "We can't look at it from that viewpoint. I don't even want to think about it. "It's about the club and what we can do. If we don't win on Sunday, we look at Motherwell and try to win that game." Killie will be without several players. James Fowler is suspended and Jamie Hamill could miss the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury, while Frazer Wright and Ryan O'Leary remain on the sidelines. However, James Dayton could make his first start after recovering from cruciate ligament damage.

Formation:442Manager:

Kilmarnock

Formation: 442Manager: Neil Lennon

Celtic

  • Cameron Bell
  • Tim Clancy
  • Garry Hay
  • Mohamadou Sissoko
  • Kieran Agard
  • Craig Bryson
  • Alexei Eremenko
  • James Dayton
  • Manuel Pascali
  • David Silva
  • Liam Kelly
  • SUBS
  • Kyle Letheren
  • Mehdi Taouil
  • Billy Berntsson
  • Alex Pursehouse
  • William Gros
  • Gary Fisher
  • Willy Aubameyang

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Match Report

Hoops keep pressure on Rangers Celtic's Clydesdale Bank Premier League hopes remained intact after goals from skipper Scott Brown and Kris Commons gave them a 2-0 victory over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. A shock defeat in midweek to Inverness had put pressure on Neil Lennon's side but they responded in the right manner and Brown put them ahead in first-half stoppage time with a close-range header after being set up by James Forrest. However, it was a wonderful 25-yard drive from Commons in the 68th minute which sealed the win and took the Hoops back to within one point of SPL leaders Rangers with two games remaining. It promises to be an exciting final week in the title race with Celtic going to Hearts on Wednesday before hosting Motherwell on Sunday, while Rangers play Dundee United at Ibrox on Tuesday before travelling down to Rugby Park on the last day. With Georgios Samaras and Anthony Stokes suspended and midfielder Beram Kayal out for the rest of the season with a wrist injury, Hoops boss Lennon rang the changes. In came Thomas Rogne, Ki Sung-yueng, Forrest and Daryl Murphy as Charlie Mulgrew and Shaun Maloney dropped to the bench. Kilmarnock caretaker boss Kenny Shiels was also forced into a reshuffle with James Fowler suspended and Jamie Hamill out with hamstring injury. Garry Hay, James Dayton and Kieran Agard came in as Willy Aubameyang dropped to the bench. Killie, without a win in five matches, started positively with a bold three-man attack but it was Hoops midfielder Commons who had the first effort on goal in the sixth minute, his drive from 20 yards flying high over the bar. Moments later in a swift Kilmarnock breakaway engineered by midfielder Alexei Eremenko, Dayton turned inside Celtic defender Daniel Majstorovic and fired a left-footed drive from 12 yards just past the near post. An entertaining match warmed up further and in the 11th minute Murphy tried his luck from the edge of the box after getting the break of the ball but his low drive sped past the far post. In the 20th minute Gary Hooper had the ball in the net after Killie keeper Cameron Bell had saved a Majstorovic header from a Commons free-kick, but the flag was up for offside. But it was an indication that Celtic were taking a grip of proceedings and a surging run by Murphy took him into the Killie box before the former Sunderland man's cross was cut out by Bell. Ki was booked for a foul on Eremenko on the half-hour mark as the playmaker broke clear over the halfway line to threaten the visitors' rearguard. Killie defender Manuel Pascali joined him in the book moments later for bundling Murphy to the ground outside the box and from the resultant free-kick Commons clipped the top of the bar. In the 33rd minute the Scotland midfielder had the ball in the net from six yards after Murphy poked the ball through to him but referee Willie Collum again blew for offside to the anger of the travelling fans. As play swung from end to end Eremenko broke clear again but this time his poor shot was easily saved by Fraser Forster. The game looked to be heading to the interval goalless but, seconds into the first of two added minutes, Brown headed in from close range after Forrest had headed back a Murphy cross and with that, the visitors trooped into the dressing room in a different frame of mind. Celtic bounded out for the start of the second half and within a minute Forrest and Murphy worked a one-two at the edge of the box before the former volleyed over the bar. Then, Forrest, clearly buoyed by his contribution to the goal, went past Hay in the Killie box only to drive into the side netting, before Ki watched his long-range attempt drift high and wide. Celtic looked in control but in the 51st minute a moment of slackness by Majstorovic at the back allowed Agard a chance but the Killie striker's left-footed drive was blocked by the covering Rogne. Five minutes later Kilmarnock defender Mohamadou Sissoko appeared to pull a hamstring and youngster Alex Pursehouse came on to make his debut. In the 65th minute Maloney replaced Forrest and Mehdi Taouil came on for David Da Silva, who had been ineffective for Killie. However, three minutes later it was all over for the hosts when Commons, almost casually, fired in a wonderful drive from 25 yards which gave Bell no chance. The tempo of the game dropped but Celtic kept pushing forward to try to improve their goal difference - in the end to no avail, but their win took the tight title race into its final week.

Form Guide

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  • Kilmarnock
  • VS
  • Celtic
  • WWWDWL

Last Meetings

  • Kilmarnock
  • 0 - 4
  • Celtic
  • 20/04/2011
  • Celtic
  • 1 - 1
  • Kilmarnock
  • 21/12/2010
  • Kilmarnock
  • 1 - 2
  • Celtic
  • 19/09/2010
  • Celtic
  • 3 - 1
  • Kilmarnock
  • 27/03/2010
  • Kilmarnock
  • 1 - 0
  • Celtic
  • 02/02/2010
  • Celtic
  • 3 - 0
  • Kilmarnock
  • 31/10/2009

Top Scorers

Kilmarnock

  • L Kelly 7
  • A Eremenko 4
  • DM Silva 4
  • C Bryson 2
  • CM Rui Miguel 2
  • J Hamill 2
  • M Pascali 2
  • F Wright 1
  • J Fowler 1
  • J Dayton 1
  • K Agard 1
  • W Gros 1

Celtic

  • G Hooper 16
  • A Stokes 10
  • K Commons 8
  • P McCourt 5
  • S Maloney 4
  • S Ki 3
  • J Forrest 3
  • M Wilson 2
  • J Ledley 2
  • N McGinn 2
  • B Kayal 2
  • D Majstorovic 1
  • G Loovens 1
  • D Murphy 1
  • D Cha 1
  • S Brown 1
  • G Samaras 1
  • E Izaguirre 1
  • T Rogne 1

Goals

Kilmarnock

    • Total goals 98
    • Goals per game 51
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 8 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 9 (For) 7 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 10 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Celtic

    • Total goals 123
    • Goals per game 76
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 10 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 10 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 9 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 10 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 13 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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