Kilmarnock 1-0 Celtic: Mulumbu's goal beats the champions

Kilmarnock 1-0 Celtic: Mulumbu's goal beats the champions

in Match Reports February 3, 2018

Youssouf Mulumbu's goal secured a famous and deserved Kilmarnock win against Scottish champions Celtic at Rugby Park.

The Congo international fired home the winner on 70 minutes after being picked out by Jordan Jones, leaving Dorus de Vries with no chance in the Celtic goal.

Killie's margin of victory could have been greater as we became only the second side to defeat Brendan Rodgers' men in domestic competition.

Jones, who was a constant thorn in Celtic's side, forced de Vries into a fine save while Mulumbu had a couple of opportunities to put added gloss to the scoreline.

Steve Clarke brought Gordon Greer and Eamonn Brophy back into the starting XI for the match with Alan Power missing out through injury.

New signings Leo Fasan and Aaron Simpson had to make do with places on the bench with Aaron Tshibola making his Killie debut in the second half.

The hosts had to remain compact and disciplined in the first half against a Celtic side containing January arrivals Jack Hendry and Charly Musonda.

De Vries was called into action as he spilled Jones' shot before Greg Taylor was unlucky to hit the side netting.

Dedryck Boyata and Kristoffer Ajer were both forced off with injuries in the first half and Killie did their best to take advantage with a strong start to the second period.

Kirk Broadfoot tested De Vries while Jones was taking the match to the league leaders.

The winner arrived from another driving run from the Northern Irish international as he timed his cross to perfection for Mulumbu to stroke the ball into the net.

Wild celebrations ensued at Rugby Park as the former West Brom man tore his shirt off in delight.

Killie defended well when required with Gordon Greer and Broadfoot going into the book as we protected our lead.

And the final whistle saw a huge roar erupt from the home fans as they savoured a well-deserved win. 

Kilmarnock: MacDonald; O'Donnell, Greer, Broadfoot, Taylor; Dicker, Mulumbu, McKenzie, Jones (Findlay), Brophy (Erwin), K.Boyd (A.Tshibola)

Att: 10,702

Picture by Jeff Holmes