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  • Date:15 Oct 2011
  • Kick-off:12:30
  • Venue:Rugby Park
  • Attendance:8,011
  • Shiels (25) Heffernan (39)
    Fowler (44)
  • Stokes (72)
    Stokes (75) Mulgrew (79)
Goal!

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93mins

Unfair challenge on Victor Wanyama by Dean Shiels results in a free kick. The ball is crossed by Sung-Yeung Ki, Headed effort from inside the area by Daniel Majstorovic misses to the right of the goal.

90mins

James Forrest fouled by Dean Shiels, the ref awards a free kick. Dean Shiels goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Shot comes in from Charlie Mulgrew from the free kick, save by Anssi Jaakkola.

88mins

Paul Heffernan has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

88mins

The ball is sent over by Adam Matthews, Alex Pursehouse manages to make a clearance.

87mins

Dean Shiels takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Daniel Majstorovic manages to make a clearance.

85mins

Foul by Mohamadou Sissoko on Sung-Yeung Ki, free kick awarded. Sung-Yeung Ki crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Mohamadou Sissoko manages to make a clearance.

83mins

Badr El Kaddouri crosses the ball, save by Anssi Jaakkola.

82mins

Daniel Majstorovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Buijs. Direct free kick taken by Anssi Jaakkola.

80mins

Charlie Mulgrew finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Kilmarnock 3-3 Celtic.Assist by Daniel Majstorovic.

79mins

Liam Kelly challenges James Forrest unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Liam Kelly for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki.

76mins

Anthony Stokes finds the net with a goal from a long way out to the bottom left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 3-2 Celtic.Assist by Sung-Yeung Ki.

75mins

Shot by Paul Heffernan from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

74mins

Badr El Kaddouri gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Fowler. Dean Shiels crosses the ball in from the free kick.

72mins

Mohamadou Sissoko challenges James Forrest unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mohamadou Sissoko booked. Anthony Stokes finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 3-1 Celtic.Assist on the goal came from James Forrest.

71mins

Gary Harkins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Wanyama. Badr El Kaddouri restarts play with the free kick.

70mins

Paul Heffernan takes a shot. Fraser Forster makes a save.

69mins

Close range shot by Anthony Stokes goes wide of the left-hand post.

68mins

(Celtic) makes a substitution, with Badr El Kaddouri coming on for Du-Ri Cha.

67mins

Paul Heffernan fouled by Daniel Majstorovic, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Buijs takes the free kick.

66mins

A cross is delivered by Du-Ri Cha, clearance made by James Fowler.

66mins

Du-Ri Cha takes a shot. Anssi Jaakkola makes a save.

65mins

Anthony Stokes concedes a free kick for a foul on Anssi Jaakkola. Free kick taken by Anssi Jaakkola.

65mins

A cross is delivered by Du-Ri Cha, Rory McKeown manages to make a clearance.

59mins

Mohamed Bangura is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Anssi Jaakkola.

59mins

Unfair challenge on James Forrest by Dean Shiels results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.

58mins

Sung-Yeung Ki takes a shot. Blocked by Manuel Pascali.

57mins

Effort from long distance by Sung-Yeung Ki goes wide right of the target.

55mins

Sung-Yeung Ki takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, save made by Anssi Jaakkola.

53mins

Foul by Victor Wanyama on Gary Harkins, free kick awarded. Victor Wanyama goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Danny Buijs takes the direct free kick.

53mins

Mohamed Bangura fouled by Manuel Pascali, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.

52mins

Anthony Stokes takes a shot. Blocked by Mohamadou Sissoko.

50mins

The official flags Anthony Stokes offside. Danny Buijs restarts play with the free kick.

50mins

Foul by James Forrest on Danny Buijs, free kick awarded. James Forrest is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Danny Buijs.

46mins

Victor Wanyama on for Beram Kayal. Mohamed Bangura is brought on as a substitute for Gary Hooper.

45mins

James Fowler gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 3-0 Celtic.

45mins

Effort from outside the penalty box by Anthony Stokes goes wide right of the goal.

44mins

A cross is delivered by Du-Ri Cha.

42mins

Unfair challenge on Gary Hooper by Mohamadou Sissoko results in a free kick. Sung-Yeung Ki crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save made by Anssi Jaakkola.

40mins

The ball is sent over by Dean Shiels, Paul Heffernan finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 2-0 Celtic.The assist for the goal came from Dean Shiels.

39mins

Beram Kayal receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

37mins

Corner taken left-footed by Dean Shiels, Effort from deep inside the area by Rory McKeown misses to the right of the target.

37mins

Liam Kelly takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.

34mins

The ball is swung over by James Forrest, James Fowler manages to make a clearance.

33mins

Paul Heffernan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.

33mins

The referee blows for offside. Du-Ri Cha takes the free kick.

31mins

Du-Ri Cha fouled by Liam Kelly, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Du-Ri Cha.

29mins

James Fowler takes a shot. Comfortable save by Fraser Forster.

26mins

Dean Shiels finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-0 Celtic.Assist by Paul Heffernan.

24mins

Effort on goal by Manuel Pascali from just inside the area clears the bar.

23mins

Daniel Majstorovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mohamadou Sissoko. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Dean Shiels from right channel, Du-Ri Cha makes a clearance.

22mins

The ball is delivered by Gary Harkins.

21mins

Joe Ledley sends in a cross, Headed effort on goal by Anthony Stokes from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

19mins

Corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line, clearance by Manuel Pascali.

19mins

Adam Matthews takes a shot. Blocked by James Fowler.

19mins

Alex Pursehouse challenges Anthony Stokes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the direct free kick.

18mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Mulgrew on Dean Shiels. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Gary Harkins, Anthony Stokes gets a block in.

16mins

James Forrest crosses the ball, save made by Anssi Jaakkola.

15mins

Dean Shiels gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Matthews. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.

12mins

Anthony Stokes produces a left-footed shot from close range that goes over the bar.

11mins

Foul by Alex Pursehouse on Joe Ledley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Adam Matthews.

10mins

Corner taken by Dean Shiels from the left by-line to the near post, Anthony Stokes makes a clearance.

9mins

Beram Kayal concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Harkins. Danny Buijs restarts play with the free kick.

6mins

Gary Hooper is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Danny Buijs takes the free kick.

6mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Pursehouse on Joe Ledley. Adam Matthews takes the direct free kick.

2mins

Foul by Gary Hooper on Danny Buijs, free kick awarded. Liam Kelly takes the direct free kick.

Match Preview

Lennon stakes reputation on Samaras deal Celtic manager Neil Lennon claims he has no regrets about giving Georgios Samaras a new three-year contract - but admits the striker could cost him his job. Samaras signed a new deal in March despite netting just three Clydesdale Bank Premier League goals last season, two of them against Rangers at Ibrox. The Greece striker has failed to score this term for Celtic and has been the subject of criticism from supporters, but Lennon continues to pick him for big occasions. Lennon backed Samaras at the club's annual general meeting, but confessed he had to get more out of the 26-year-old - or pay the price. When asked by a shareholder if he regretted handing Samaras a three-year contract, Lennon said: "No, I don't. The alternative was to let him leave for nothing. "There was a lot of interest in him from other clubs. But he wanted to stay here and prove himself. So he is our player. "I have to encourage him and eke the talent out of him because he has attributes. "He is a player who could ultimately get me the sack. "I am as much to blame as him for his performances but I can't give up on him." Beram Kayal, Joe Ledley, Glenn Loovens and Cha Du-ri all come back into contention for Celtic's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park following injury. But Samaras is a doubt with bone bruising and Mark Wilson (knee) is also struggling. Kris Commons is suspended while Scott Brown, Emilio Izaguirre and Kelvin Wilson remain on the sidelines. Kilmarnock are boosted by the return of Danny Buijs and Liam Kelly for the game. Buijs (hamstring) and Kelly (Achilles) have both recovered from their injuries and are in contention to start the game at Rugby Park. Long-term casualty Ryan O`Leary remains on the sidelines with a cruciate ligament injury.

Formation:4321Manager: Kenny Shiels

Kilmarnock

Formation: 442Manager: Neil Lennon

Celtic

  • Anssi Jaakkola
  • Alex Pursehouse
  • Danny Buijs
  • Mohamadou Sissoko
  • Rory McKeown
  • James Fowler
  • Manuel Pascali
  • Liam Kelly
  • Dean Shiels
  • Gary Harkins
  • Paul Heffernan
  • SUBS
  • Kyle Letheren
  • Garry Hay
  • David Silva
  • James Dayton
  • Zdenek Kroca
  • Gary Fisher
  • Matthew Kennedy

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Match Report

Hoops hit back for point Celtic stormed back from a three-goal deficit against Kilmarnock to grab a share of the spoils in a remarkable Clydesdale Bank Premier League encounter at Rugby Park which ended 3-3. The Hoops looked down and out as Killie raced to an astonishing interval lead through Dean Shiels, Paul Heffernan and James Fowler. However, the second half, if anything, was even more dramatic. Celtic striker Anthony Stokes scored twice in three minutes, the first from a free-kick in the 73rd minute, before stand-in skipper Charlie Mulgrew headed an equaliser from close range and save the visitors' blushes. Manager Neil Lennon would have settled for the point at half-time when his side were booed off the park but when the excitement dies down he will realise another two SPL points were dropped. Killie might have sneaked it at the end but Heffernan missed the target from just a few yards out, but the home fans were simply glad they did not go home with nothing from a great afternoon's entertainment. Once again Lennon rung the changes, although one was enforced by the suspension of midfielder Kris Commons after being sent off in the last outing at Hearts. Badr El-Kaddouri, Victor Wanyama and Mohamed Bangura all dropped to the bench, with Cha Du-ri, Joe Ledley, Beram Kayal and Stokes coming in. Kenny Shiels' Killie team also showed four changes with injured keeper Cameron Bell replaced by Anssi Jaakkola and Danny Buijs, Gary Harkins and Liam Kelly coming in for Zdenek Kroca, Gary Fisher and James Dayton, who were all among the substitutes. With Stokes back alongside Gary Hooper in what many feel is the Parkhead side's most potent strike force, Celtic fans were confident but they might have guessed at the horror which was to unfold in the first half when the Irishman missed a sitter after 12 minutes. Right-back Cha galloped on to a perfectly-weighted James Forrest pass and cut the ball across the six-yard box only to see Stokes miss the target with the goal wide open. But in truth, that incident did not hint at what was to come. The game was stretched and open but there was still some surprise when Killie took the lead in the 26th minute through Shiels with an opener which owed much to route-one football. Right-back Alex Pursehouse drove a long diagonal pass for Heffernan to chase into the Celtic box and he turned inside Hoops defender Daniel Majstorovic to set up the former Hibernian player, whose first touch gave him the space to drive low past Forster from 12 yards. Celtic looked all over the place for the next few minutes and Forster had to dive low to his left to smother a Fowler drive after the visitors had been caught on the break. In the 37th minute, in yet another Killie break, Forster had to fly high to his right to tip a long-range drive from Kelly over the bar for a corner, which came to nothing. Five minutes from the break there was more drama when Shiels fired in a cross from wide on the left and Heffernan nipped in behind the static Parkhead defence to guide the ball past Forster from close range. The Parkhead side were in disarray and in the final seconds of the half the strong-running Fowler raced on to a short headed back-pass from Mulgrew to lob the ball over Forster for number three. It was a stunned Rugby Park who tried during the interval to digest what they had just witnessed in the first 45 minutes. Lennon replaced Hooper, who appeared to have taken a knock, with Bangura while Wanyama came on for the excitable Kayal, who had picked up a booking and was treading on thin ice. The home fans, nervous despite such a commanding lead, awaited a Celtic backlash but while there was a predictable determination from the visitors they were still leaving gaps at the back. Celtic, though, kept pushing for the goal which they hoped would spark a comeback and Jaakkola made a decent save from Cha's angled drive before Kaddouri came on for Cha. And in the 73rd minute, after Killie defender Mo Sissoko was booked for a foul on Forrest 25 yards from goal, Stokes hammered the free-kick high past Jaakkola to give the Hoops the lifeline they needed. Three minutes later, as the visitors piled on the pressure, Stokes turned and fired a low drive from 30 yards past Jaakkola for his second - and there was more drama soon to follow. In the 79th minute Mulgrew made up for his first-half error when he headed in the equaliser from a yard out after Majstorovic had knocked a long free-kick from Ki back across the goal. The final moments could not have been more tense and with two minutes remaining Heffernan missed a sitter with his head after he had been set up by Harkins six yards out, the Killie striker lifting the ball over the bar.

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