Celtic 2-0 Kilmarnock: Hosts 12 clear at top of Scottish Premiership

Celtic v Kilmarnock
Jota jabbed Celtic in front just before the break

Celtic extended their Scottish Premiership lead to 12 points over Rangers as their attacking persistence paid off against Kilmarnock.

After a dominant half, Jota broke the deadlock for the league leaders just before the break, sliding in to meet Daizen Maeda’s low cross to score his eighth goal of the season.

And Celtic doubled their lead after the break when Kilmarnock defender Ash Taylor deflected Reo Hatate’s cross into his own goal under pressure from Kyogo Furuhashi.

Rangers – in second place – travel to face Dundee United on Sunday (16:00 GMT) with precious little margin for error.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Celtic

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Hart
  • 2johnston
  • 20Carter-Vickers
  • 4Starfelt
  • 25Bernabei
  • 13MooySubstituted forO’Rileyat 63′minutes
  • 42McGregor
  • 41HatateSubstituted forTurnbullat 83′minutes
  • 38MaedaSubstituted forForestat 83′minutes
  • 8FuruhashiSubstituted forGiakoumakisat 63′minutes
  • 17Neve FilipeSubstituted forAbadaat 63′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6jenz
  • 7Giakoumakis
  • 11Abada
  • 14Turnbull
  • 18Kobayashi
  • 29Bain
  • 33O’Riley
  • 49Forest
  • 88Yuranovic

Kilmarnock

Formation 5-3-2

  • 20Walkers
  • 2mayo
  • 19Wright
  • 5Taylor
  • 6Stokes
  • 33chrisene
  • 4PowerSubstituted forLyonsat 64′minutes
  • 31PolworthSubstituted forMurrayat 75′minutes
  • 7McKenzieSubstituted forMcInroyat 85′minutes
  • 16RobinsonSubstituted forArmstrongat 64′minutes
  • 23VassellSubstituted forDoidgeat 64′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Hemming
  • 8Alston
  • 11Armstrong
  • 14Sanders
  • 15Murray
  • 17Lyons
  • 18waters
  • 21McInroy
  • 26Doidge

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Celtic

  1. Team number1Player nameHart

  2. Team number2Player namejohnston

  3. Team number20Player nameCarter-Vickers

  4. Team number4Player nameStarfelt

  5. Team number25Player nameBernabei

  6. Team number13Player nameMooy

  7. Team number42Player nameMcGregor

  8. Team number41Player nameHatate

  9. Team number38Player nameMaeda

  10. Team number8Player nameFuruhashi

  11. Team number17Player nameJota

  1. Team number7Player nameGiakoumakis

  2. Team number11Player nameAbada

  3. Team number14Player nameTurnbull

  4. Team number33Player nameO’Riley

  5. Team number49Player nameForest

Kilmarnock

  1. Team number20Player nameWalkers

  2. Team number2Player namemayo

  3. Team number19Player nameWright

  4. Team number5Player nameTaylor

  5. Team number6Player nameStokes

  6. Team number33Player namechrisene

  7. Team number4Player namePower

  8. Team number31Player namePolworth

  9. Team number7Player nameMcKenzie

  10. Team number16Player nameRobinson

  11. Team number23Player nameVassell

  1. Team number11Player nameArmstrong

  2. Team number15Player nameMurray

  3. Team number17Player nameLyons

  4. Team number21Player nameMcInroy

  5. Team number26Player nameDoidge

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