Celtic eased among the many mounting pressure on boss Neil Lennon as they thrashed managerless Kilmarnock throughout the Scottish Premiership.
Whereas their 10-in-a-row hopes are all nevertheless over, a commanding effectivity delivered their largest win since September.
A Scott Brown header, a double from Odsonne Edouard and a late purpose from Albian Ajeti sealed the components.
It brings Celtic inside 20 components of Rangers with a sport in hand.
For Kilmarnock, beneath interim supervisor James Fowler for the first time since Alex Dyer’s departure on Saturday, they suffered their fourth defeat in a row as they proceed to be ninth throughout the desk.
The Ayrshire membership keep 5 components away from bottom nevertheless having carried out two additional video video games than Hamilton.
Both facet wanted a response. Kilmarnock had gained merely twice in 11 video video games and Dyer paid the worth on Saturday. Lennon was nonetheless hanging on at Celtic, nevertheless one win in six has made his place an increasing number of unstable.
The start both sides made was encouraging. Celtic cherished the vast majority of possession, and David Turnbull opened his physique up and curled merely broad. However, Kilmarnock repelled a whole lot of the pressure, and Chris Burke should probably have carried out greater when he met an prolonged ball contained within the subject.
Nonetheless Celtic’s pressure suggested when captain Brown bulleted a header in from a Turnbull nook kick and broke the deadlock.
Minutes later and Brown caught Aaron Tshibola with an elbow, though referee Kevin Clancy gave him the benefit of the doubt rather a lot to the chagrin of the Killie man.
Celtic continued to profit from the lion’s share of the ball. Callum McGregor broke into the sphere nevertheless Zeno Ibsen Rossi made a powerful type out to deny him merely as he was about to tug the set off.
Burke fired over for Killie and Turnbull had a shot saved for Celtic.
Thrice in as many minutes Edouard tried to manoeuvre his means by way of the Kilmarnock safety, nevertheless repeatedly ran into trouble. However, he found the once more of the web when he squeezed a penalty into the underside correct hand nook after goalkeeper Colin Doyle was adjudged to have fouled Ajeti.
Kilmarnock thought that that they had pulled one once more when Burke met a ball on the once more submit and appealed that his header had crossed the street, nevertheless goalkeeper Scott Bain merely managed to get a foot to it.
That was the precise willpower, nevertheless rapidly after Kilmarnock appeared to be on the mistaken end of 1 when Edouard poked in a third after outpacing the safety, however replays confirmed he might have strayed offside.
Ajeti made it 4 alongside together with his first purpose since September when he held off Rossi and accomplished from shut fluctuate.
Kilmarnock had two prime quality chances to tug one once more late on. Rossi’s header was saved on the street, and Mitchell Pinnock drove a shot merely earlier the submit, nevertheless his miserable run continues.
Man of the match – Jonjoe Kenny
What did we research?
Interim boss James Fowler known as for his avid gamers to point that they had been an outstanding aspect and had been ready to fight for the jersey, and for lots of the game they put up an sincere fight. Nonetheless, they allowed Celtic an extreme quantity of of the ball whereas too many avid gamers drifted out of the game, and Celtic picked them off with ease throughout the second half.
Jonjoe Kenny had an sincere debut for Celtic, and appeared assured at right-back with some neat touches. It’s a win that, rapidly at least, eases the pressure on supervisor Neil Lennon.
Kilmarnock journey to St Mirren on Saturday (15:00), whereas Celtic are at residence to Motherwell.
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Payment avid gamers out of 10 all via or after the game. The rater will shut half-hour after the last word whistle.
Rating fluctuate key = Give it up = Pure perfection
- 8DickerSubstituted forPierrickat 71 ‘minutes
- 27TshibolaBooked at 36mins
- 29BurkeSubstituted forPinnockat 76 ‘minutes
- 9OakleySubstituted forKambaat 71 ‘minutes
- 3TaylorSubstituted forLaxaltat 90 ‘minutes
- 17ChristieSubstituted forElyounoussiat 70 ‘minutes
- 14TurnbullSubstituted forJohnstonat 73 ‘minutes
- 22EdouardSubstituted forKlimalaat 73 ‘minutes
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Match ends, Kilmarnock 0, Celtic 4.
Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 0, Celtic 4.
Strive missed. Mitchell Pinnock (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the center of the sphere is shut, nevertheless misses to the left. Assisted by Brandon Haunstrup.
Nook, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Stephen Welsh.
Substitution, Celtic. Diego Laxalt replaces Greg Taylor.
Foul by Greg Taylor (Celtic).
Clévid Dikamona (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the exact wing.
Albian Ajeti (Celtic) wins a free kick throughout the attacking half.
Foul by Clévid Dikamona (Kilmarnock).
Strive saved. Zeno Rossi (Kilmarnock) header from the center of the sphere is saved throughout the excessive center of the purpose. Assisted by Mitchell Pinnock with a cross.
Nook, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Jonjoe Kenny.
Foul by Albian Ajeti (Celtic).
Clévid Dikamona (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick throughout the defensive half.
Goal! Kilmarnock 0, Celtic 4. Albian Ajeti (Celtic) correct footed shot from the center of the sphere to the underside left nook. Assisted by Scott Brown with a by way of ball.
Strive missed. Mitchell Pinnock (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from exterior the sphere is extreme and broad to the exact.
Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic) wins a free kick throughout the attacking half.
Foul by Alan Power (Kilmarnock).
Nook, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Jonjoe Kenny.
Nook, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Michael Johnston.
Strive missed. Mitchell Pinnock (Kilmarnock) correct footed shot from the exact aspect of the sphere misses to the left following a set piece situation.