in Match Reports May 9, 2018
Kilmarnock produced a resolute, disciplined display to claim a 0-0 draw away to champions Celtic at Celtic Park.
Steve Clarke's side showed their qualities, remaining in shape and restricting the league winners to few chances in front of goal.
With Kirk Broadfoot and Jordan Jones missing out through injury, Scott Boyd and Greg Kiltie came in and both contributed to a fine team display.
Kiltie and Lee Erwin made promising early runs down the flanks and their diligence going forward and heading back towards their own goal was crucial in helping the men from Ayrshire remain in shape.
Eamonn Brophy was tasked with putting pressure on the Celtic defence while the midfield trio of Gary Dicker, Youssouf Mulumbu and Aaron Tshibola were doing a lot of the dirty work, intercepting countless passes and remaining calm in possession.
Celtic thought they had taken the lead when Jozo Simunovic and Kristoffer Ajer combined to put the ball in the net on the half hour mark but the linesman's flag was raised for offside.
Killie fullbacks Greg Taylor and Stephen O'Donnell gave the visitors crucial width and support to the midfield in keeping with their fine individuals seasons.
Jamie MacDonald was rarely called into action but he remained alert to save with his feet after Scott Sinclair had set up Stuart Armstrong with some excellent dribbling down the left.
Celtic's best chance of the night came when Jack Hendry headed wide from six yards out from a corner with the goal at his mercy but Killie more than earned their break.
Kris Boyd, Chris Burke and Iain Wilson were introduced in the latter stages to give the team fresh legs after two energy sapping matches in Glasgow and the band of Killie supporters in the corner were given a point to cheer as the referee drew proceedings to a close.
Kilmarnock: MacDonald; O'Donnell, S.Boyd, Findlay, Taylor; Dicker, Tshibola, Mulumbu (Wilson); Kiltie (Burke), Erwin, Brophy (K.Boyd)