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.
- 13MooySubstituted forO’Rileyat 63′minutes
- 41HatateSubstituted forTurnbullat 83′minutes
- 38MaedaSubstituted forForestat 83′minutes
- 8FuruhashiSubstituted forGiakoumakisat 63′minutes
- 17Neve FilipeSubstituted forAbadaat 63′minutes
- 4PowerSubstituted forLyonsat 64′minutes
- 31PolworthSubstituted forMurrayat 75′minutes
- 7McKenzieSubstituted forMcInroyat 85′minutes
- 16RobinsonSubstituted forArmstrongat 64′minutes
- 23VassellSubstituted forDoidgeat 64′minutes
Match ends, Celtic 2, Kilmarnock 0.
Second half ends, Celtic 2, Kilmarnock 0.
Attempt missed. David Turnbull (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Forrest.
Attempt missed. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the center of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by David Turnbull.
Attempt blocked. Alexandro Bernabei (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Callum McGregor (Celtic) left footed shot from the center of the box is too high. Assisted by Alistair Johnston following a corner.
Corner, Celtic. Granted by Lewis Mayo.
Attempt saved. Matt O’Riley (Celtic) left footed shot from the center of the box is saved.
James Forrest (Celtic) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the center of the box following a corner.
Attempt saved. Giorgos Giakoumakis (Celtic) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt saved. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt O’Riley with a cross.
Corner, Celtic. Licensed by Brad Lyons.
Attempt missed. Brad Lyons (Kilmarnock) header from the center of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Fraser Murray with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Kilmarnock. Granted by Giorgos Giakoumakis.
Corner, Kilmarnock. Granted by Carl Starfelt.
Corner, Kilmarnock. Granted by Cameron Carter-Vickers.
Substitution, Kilmarnock. Kerr McInroy replaces Rory McKenzie.
Foul by Callum McGregor (Celtic).
Daniel Armstrong (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Celtic. David Turnbull replaces Reo Hatate.
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