For Celtic the spotlights that illuminated the artificial grass field of Rugby Park, offered at the hideout.
After the defeat against Rangers the first competition match after the winter break found eyes lurking for signs of further weakness. More proof of a crumbling empire.
The foundations were solid thanks to Scottish Football's own Odd Couple. In Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths, Neil Lennon develops the modern Oscar and Felix. One is a French international under the age of 21 with the world at his feet, the other a somewhat worn Scotch with the weight of the world on his shoulders. They came together last night to impress the effect.
The 4-2-3 -1 formation of Brendan Rodgers has served Celtic well over the past three and a half years.
They have won 10 straight trophies. They are undefeated in 32 head games. They came to this top of the competition.
But the defeat against Rangers three weeks ago forced a different way of thinking. Lennon's tactical solution is a new 3-5-2 form, with Edouard and Griffiths forming a powerful duo.
Edouards 18th goal of the season came after 25 minutes and set the champions on their way. Griffiths fired a second five minutes in the second half and, despite a first Kilnarnock goal for Nicke Kabamba who threatened to make a game of things, an unstoppable header from Christopher Jullien made the points secure.