Celtic 1-1 Kilmarnock: Jones' strike claims Parkhead point

Celtic 1-1 Kilmarnock: Jones' strike claims Parkhead point

in Match Reports October 28, 2017

Jordan Jones struck as Kilmarnock produced another excellent second-half performance to claim a 1-1 draw with champions Celtic.

The Northern Ireland international stayed alert after firing off the post to combine with Rory McKenzie and slot the ball past Craig Gordon as Killie earned their second point in Glasgow this week.

Steve Clarke made two changes from the side which drew 1-1 with Rangers on Wednesday, with Lee Erwin and Chris Burke replacing Kris Boyd and Adam Frizzell.

With Brendan Rodgers' men chasing a record-equalling 62 matches unbeaten, Celtic dominated possession with Patrick Roberts looking like the main danger man.

The English winger, on loan from Manchester City, was forced off after picking up an injury having looked like Celtic's main creative spark in the early stages.

Scott Sinclair came on to replace Roberts with Rodgers making six alterations to his starting XI for this match.

Eboue Kouassi came in and it was his fine pass which caught the Killie defence off guard to allow Leigh Griffiths to score just before half time.

Just as they had done at Ibrox, Killie came out for the second period reinvigorated by the break.

Jordan Jones had already signalled his intent with several fine runs before he made his decisive move. Collecting the ball from deep, he drove at the Hoops defence before firing a strike which came back out off the post.

He remained alert to retrieve the ball on the right as McKenzie's perfectly-weighted pass saw him go one-on-one with Gordon. The 23-year-old kept his composure and slotted the ball home before sliding towards the jubilant Killie faithful.

Stuart Armstrong was introduced to the action while Killie made changes themselves with Eamonn Brophy replacing Erwin.

While remaining diligent and compact in their shape, the men from Ayrshire restricted Celtic to few late chances with Jamie MacDonald dealing with any shots or crosses into his area.

And Killie stood firm in the final minutes to claim another deserved point as we build towards Steve Clarke's first home game against Hibernian.

The travelling support, who were in fine voice throughout the match, acknowledged their heroes' contribution at the end of a tough but rewarding week in Glasgow.

Kilmarnock: MacDonald; O'Donnell, Greer, Broadfoot, Findlay; Power, Taylor (Waters), McKenzie, Burke (Thomas); Jones, Erwin (Brophy)