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  • Scottish Premier League
  • 8 December 2012, 12:30pm
  • Rugby Park
  • Attendance: 6,501
KilmarnockKilmarnockvCelticCeltic
1
  • Sheridan, 90+1
3
  • Brown, 27
  • Ledley, 65
  • Samaras, 74

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Match ends, Kilmarnock 1, Celtic 3.

90+3 mins:Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 1, Celtic 3.

90+2 mins:Fraser Forster (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

90+1 mins:Goal! Kilmarnock 1, Celtic 3. Cillian Sheridan (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jeroen Tesselaar with a cross.

89 mins:Attempt missed. Efe Ambrose (Celtic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew with a cross.

89 mins:Foul by Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock).

89 mins:Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) wins a free kick.

88 mins:Scott Brown (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

88 mins:Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

88 mins:Cillian Sheridan (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick.

86 mins:Corner, Celtic.

85 mins:Offside, Celtic. Georgios Samaras tries a through ball, but Georgios Samaras is caught offside.

84 mins:Foul by Victor Wanyama (Celtic).

84 mins:Mahamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick.

83 mins:Attempt missed. Ryan O'Leary (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Liam Kelly.

82 mins:Corner, Kilmarnock.

82 mins:Substitution, Celtic. Miku replaces Gary Hooper.

80 mins:Corner, Kilmarnock.

79 mins:Attempt missed. Biram Kayal (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

76 mins:Substitution, Celtic. Biram Kayal replaces Emilio Izaguirre.

76 mins:Foul by Paul Heffernan (Kilmarnock).

76 mins:Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick.

76 mins:Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

76 mins:Mahamadou Sissoko (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick.

74 mins:Goal! Kilmarnock 0, Celtic 3. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) header from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Matthews with a cross.

72 mins:Attempt saved. Victor Wanyama (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

72 mins:Corner, Celtic.

71 mins:Corner, Celtic.

68 mins:Substitution, Kilmarnock. Mark O'Hara replaces Borja Pérez.

68 mins:Substitution, Kilmarnock. Rory McKenzie replaces Gary Harkins.

67 mins:Corner, Kilmarnock.

67 mins:Attempt blocked. Gary Harkins (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

67 mins:Paul Heffernan (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

66 mins:Substitution, Celtic. Georgios Samaras replaces Lassad.

65 mins:Goal! Kilmarnock 0, Celtic 2. Joe Ledley (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Brown.

63 mins:Corner, Kilmarnock.

61 mins:Corner, Celtic.

58 mins:Corner, Celtic.

58 mins:Attempt saved. Victor Wanyama (Celtic) header from the left side of the box is saved. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew.

58 mins:Corner, Celtic.

56 mins:Substitution, Kilmarnock. Mahamadou Sissoko replaces Danny Racchi.

55 mins:Gary Harkins (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

55 mins:Foul by Gary Harkins (Kilmarnock).

55 mins:Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick.

54 mins:Foul by Cillian Sheridan (Kilmarnock).

54 mins:Efe Ambrose (Celtic) wins a free kick.

53 mins:Attempt missed. Joe Ledley (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

50 mins:Foul by Gary Harkins (Kilmarnock).

50 mins:Victor Wanyama (Celtic) wins a free kick.

50 mins:Attempt saved. Victor Wanyama (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

49 mins:Attempt missed. Efe Ambrose (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew.

48 mins:Corner, Celtic.

48 mins:Foul by Cillian Sheridan (Kilmarnock).

48 mins:Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick.

47 mins:Corner, Celtic.

47 mins:Attempt saved. Gary Hooper (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

Second Half begins Kilmarnock 0, Celtic 1.

45+1 mins:First Half ends, Kilmarnock 0, Celtic 1.

45+1 mins:Attempt missed. Lassad (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

45 mins:Foul by Efe Ambrose (Celtic).

45 mins:Cillian Sheridan (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick.

43 mins:Offside, Celtic. Lassad tries a through ball, but Lassad is caught offside.

42 mins:Corner, Celtic.

42 mins:Foul by Borja Pérez (Kilmarnock).

42 mins:Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick.

39 mins:Foul by Gary Hooper (Celtic).

39 mins:Michael Nelson (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick.

36 mins:Attempt missed. Cillian Sheridan (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

35 mins:Attempt missed. Adam Matthews (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

34 mins:Corner, Celtic.

33 mins:Corner, Celtic.

33 mins:Attempt blocked. Lassad (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

32 mins:Foul by Kelvin Wilson (Celtic).

32 mins:Paul Heffernan (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick.

30 mins:Foul by Efe Ambrose (Celtic).

30 mins:Ryan O'Leary (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick.

29 mins:Attempt saved. Joe Ledley (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

27 mins:Goal! Kilmarnock 0, Celtic 1. Scott Brown (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Matthews.

27 mins:Attempt missed. Efe Ambrose (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew.

26 mins:Corner, Celtic.

21 mins:Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

21 mins:Foul by Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock).

21 mins:Adam Matthews (Celtic) wins a free kick.

19 mins:Foul by James Fowler (Kilmarnock).

19 mins:Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick.

19 mins:Attempt saved. Gary Hooper (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

18 mins:Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

18 mins:Liam Kelly (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick.

14 mins:Attempt saved. Michael Nelson (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

13 mins:Corner, Kilmarnock.

12 mins:Attempt missed. Victor Wanyama (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

10 mins:Foul by Cillian Sheridan (Kilmarnock).

10 mins:Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) wins a free kick.

6 mins:Attempt missed. Victor Wanyama (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

5 mins:Foul by Borja Pérez (Kilmarnock).

5 mins:Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick.

4 mins:Offside, Celtic. Emilio Izaguirre tries a through ball, but Emilio Izaguirre is caught offside.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

  • Scottish Premier League
  • 8 December 2012, 12:30pm
  • Rugby Park
  • Attendance: 6,501
KilmarnockKilmarnockvCelticCeltic
1
  • Sheridan, 90+1
3
  • Brown, 27
  • Ledley, 65
  • Samaras, 74

match report

Celtic moved four points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League table after a comfortable 3-1 victory at Kilmarnock on Saturday afternoon.

The Hoops' 2-1 home win over Spartak Moscow on Wednesday night sealed their place in the last 16 of the Champions League and they continued their good work in Ayrshire, starting when skipper Scott Brown fired them into the lead in the 27th minute.

Second-half goals from midfielder Joe Ledley and substitute Georgios Samaras, on for Lassad Nouioui, were just reward for the Parkhead side's dominance, before former Hoop Cillian Sheridan grabbed a late consolation.

The Parkhead men, with a back three of Efe Ambrose, Kelvin Wilson and Charlie Mulgrew, almost created their first chance in the fifth minute when Ledley teed up Gary Hooper but his pass to Brown inside the box was just too strong and the danger evaporated.

As the game struggled to reach top gear Liam Kelly was booked for a foul on Matthews, a decision which angered the home support, before Ambrose headed a Mulgrew corner over the bar.

Brown's goal to break the deadlock was one of simplicity. When Matthews took a pass from Hooper and picked out the Scotland midfielder from the byline, he guided the ball quite calmly past Cammy Bell from 12 yards.

A powerful 30-yard snap-shot from Sheridan 10 minutes from the break, which sailed over the bar, offered Killie fans a little encouragement, as did Kelly's curling effort from a similar distance moments later which almost sneaked past Fraser Forster at the far post.

Lassad had the ball in the net in the 43rd minute with a shot from close range, after Matthews' drive had found its way through, but the flag was up for offside.

A minute into the second half Heffernan should have levelled when, with the Hoops defence sleeping, he was given time and space eight yards out but his drive was blocked by the foot of Mulgrew.

A relieved Celtic broke quickly and Bell made a fine save from Hooper's point-blank drive, after the Englishman had been set up by Matthews, who was spending much of the game driving down the right wing.

Celtic reasserted themselves and Ledley fired over the bar before the visitors began upping their corner count.

Mahamadou Sissoko replaced Danny Racchi as Shiels tried to change tack but Celtic stretched their lead through Ledley when the home side failed to properly clear their lines. Wanyama picked up the loose ball, played in Brown and when his driven cross came into the middle the sliding Wales international forced it over the line from a few yards out.

Samaras came on for Lassad and Borja Perez and Gary Harkins came off to be replaced by Rory McKenzie and Mark O'Hara. However, it was the big Greek striker who made an immediate impact following another driving run by Matthews when he headed the Wales international's deep cross past Bell and in off the bar.

Ambrose should have made it 4-0 a minute from time when Mulgrew planted a free-kick on his head but the Hoops defender headed wide and there was enough time left for Sheridan to volley a Jeroen Tesselaar cross past Forster.

team line-up

1Cameron Bell
5Ryan O'Leary
4James Fowler
2Jeroen Tesselaar
6Michael Nelson
11Gary Harkins68
8Liam Kelly
7Danny Racchi56
12Cillian Sheridan
15Borja Pérez68
14Paul Heffernan

substitutes

38Mark O'Hara68
88Mahamadou Sissoko56
17Kyle Letheren
24Rory McKenzie68
18Lee Johnson
28Jude Winchester
10James Dayton

referee

Craig Thomson

team line-up

1Fraser Forster
21Charlie Mulgrew
2Adam Matthews
4Efe Ambrose
3Emilio Izaguirre76
6Kelvin Wilson
67Victor Wanyama
16Joe Ledley
8Scott Brown
88Gary Hooper82
11Lassad66

substitutes

24Lukasz Zaluska
25Thomas Rogne
7Miku82
33Biram Kayal76
46Dylan McGeouch
9Georgios Samaras66
32Tony Watt

referee

Craig Thomson

match stats

possession %3960
shots on target29
shots off target29
corners512
tackles won00
offsides03