in #KillieStories August 8, 2017
Alan Cochrane @ Celtic Park
“After losing an early penalty, it was always going to be an uphill struggle”. Lee McCulloch’s end of match comment summarised the evening in the East End of Glasgow.
Jonny Hayes, worming his way into the box was adjudged to have been tripped by Taylor or Jones, Leigh Griffiths did the needful from the spot, and Killie faced a long night away. After 20 minutes they were two behind when Ralston scored with a header from a Griffiths corner, and before the half hour it was three, when Griffiths avoided being offside when he timed his run well, and stroked the ball past a helpless MacDonald. One of the visitors’ few good moments came when Wilson had a long run through the Celtic defence, but Jones shot wide of the post from the full back’s pass.
Captain for the night Kieran Tierney scored the goal of the game after 64 minutes with an unstoppable shot from 40 yards, and Armstrong completed the route with 20 minutes left when he tapped in a cross from the right at the back post. But for several good saves from MacDonald it could have been worse, while at the other end, Craig Gordon hadn't a save to make.
McCulloch’s final words? “We didn't deserve anything tonight, but these sort of games will not define our season. It was a lesson learned tonight against a strong Celtic team.”
Celtic: Gordon, Griffiths (Forrest), Armstrong, Hayes, Rogic, Benyu (McGregor), Ajer, Ralston, Miller, Tierney, Kouassi (Ntcham)
Kilmarnock: MacDonald, Greer, Broadfoot, Power, McKenzie, Jones (Graham), Taylor, Wilson (O’Donnell), Frizzell, Erwin, Burke
Referee: Alan Muir