The full length of the Premiership was ultimately reflected in this hefty score. Yet it wasn't the big gap between Celtic and Hearts that Parkhead collapsed in such a festive mood.
Now ten points free from Rangers after Steven Gerrard's men crashed in Rugby Park, Celtic fans cheered this as a very important evening in the pursuit of a ninth consecutive Premiership -title. The shape of their own team in 2020 makes it difficult to offer a counter argument.
This was a ninth win over nine since the winter break. 27 goals were scored. The momentum that swung towards Ibrox with that Old Firm victory on December 29, has since returned to the east end of Glasgow . Maybe decisive.
Olivier Ntcham ended calm after Joel Pereira had parried a shot from Odsonne Edouard
Rugby Park, a site that finished a title graveyard last season, has lost none of its disastrous, complex threat to Rangers .
With 14 minutes of play, Steven Gerrard's team seemed to be making its way to a critical victory. A challenge that faltered after the points against Hearts and Aberdeen had fallen, looked back on the right track.
But when Rangers travel along the M77, premature assumptions are always unwise. The Ibrox party lost both league games in Rugby Park last season.
Eamonn Brophy and Kilmarnock players celebrate scoring the winning goal in Rugby Park
Brophy made it 2-1 two minutes after time after hitting the ball in the far corner of the net
Kilmarnock & # 39; s No. 9 hits the ball sweetly over the face of goal and hits the net late
Kilmarnock boss Alex Dyer celebrates the winning goal against Rangers on Wednesday
And in a stunning, unexpected end of an evening full of drama history title, a controversy reiterated Scotland's roversial equalizer defender Stephen O & Donnell turned the game upside down.
With two minutes of play, Eamonn Brophy hit a stunning winner low in the lower right corner to bring Rangers to eight fallen points in six games since the resumption of the game after the winter break.
A title challenge that promised so much after a festive victory over Celtic now hangs on a thread, a margin of ten points that now seems insurmountable.
In anticipation of the interval, Scott Arfield not only pushed Rangers into the lead. Like in the Scottish Cup victory in Hamilton on Saturday, after 31 minutes the midfielder with a malicious intent struck a swinging strike in the corner of the stamp after 31 minutes for his third goal in two games. their downfall eventually. As so often in recent games, referee John Beaton will be scrutinized because he did not see Rory McKenzie's handball in the run-up to Kilmarnock & # 39; s equalizer with 13 minutes of play.
Stephen O & # 39; Donnell jumps in the air after tying for Kilmarnock in the 77th minute
brought O & # 39; Donnell is swum by his teammates after he gets his side back into play
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However, Rangers cannot have any complaints about the way D & N 39 Donnell Niko Hamalainens shot into the net from ten meters low.
Introduced by the tannoy announcer as Eamonn & Wolf, "Brophy the Scottish striker lived on his nickname when he headed Nicke Kabamba knockdown excellent in the net with minutes to play.
] A team strengthened by Ryan Jack's return Rangers are a lesser side without Borna Barisic Opposite Aberdeen in Pittodrie the loss of the Croatian due to injuries resulted in more fallen points, Rangers were slow to start and the game ended weak. this resembles the form of champions.
Ianis Hagi played to the right of an attacking three and the jury stays out on the Romanian, even if his rare spark of invention gave Rangers his first * real * chance after 23 minutes came a fresh first ball in the path of Joe Aribo, who presented the midfielder an axis of light before he stuck the ball far out of the far post.
Aribo's next contribution was min very promising. Kilmarnock & # 39; s best chance of the 45-minute opening came from a corner after the Englishman didn't feel like a 50/50 challenge with Gary Dicker on the edge of his own territory.
A quick, sharp low-fire by Chris Burke offered Alan Power a great shot and Rangers got cold. The midfielder should have done so much better than an ineffective right foot from 18 meters shot over the bar.
The wake-up call for Rangers seemed to come in half an hour. The visitors with the red shirt won a corner of a smooth attacking counterattack, with Stuart Findlay Morelos denying a crack on goal, while the visitors claimed to have a tug on the attacker's jersey
. From the corner, Andy Halliday shot a square ball to Arfield outside the area. The finish was both brilliant and fairly unstoppable, giving Rangers a precious lead.
The midfielder added another cracker with his left foot a little later and hit a long-distance drive narrowly wide of the post.
Scott Arfield scored long-distance for Rangers to break the deadlock in half-hour mark
Arfield salutes the fans after scoring distance in distance the first half on Wednesday evening
Alfredo Morelos (center right) and Co run to Arfield to celebrate its opening goal
A booking for Alan Power after an attack with Ryan Kent was so close that Kilmarnock resisted. Undefeated in their last three, revival under interim manager Dyer was in danger. Nobody could guess halfway how the night would end.
The game could have escaped five minutes in the second half of Kilmarnock. Rangers thought it should have happened when Chris Burke bumped Ryan Kent on the edge of the area while the winger seemed to benefit from an excellent pass behind the home defense by Morelos.
Referee John Beaton's decision was not free-kick, the anger of the Rangers support behind the goal that was further triggered by another Morelos booking for simulation when the striker fell to the ground under pressure from Hamalainen.
Within four minutes on the other side the enigmatic nature of Colombian nature was on display. Racing on a long James Tavernier onto the field, the neck-breaking rush of the goal from Killie keeper Koprivec offered an opportunity to lob the ball from outside the area towards goal.
To the relief of the home team, the ball bounced on the top of the bar and out of play. A few centimeters lower and Rangers would have won the game with another goal of amazing execution.
With half an hour of play, Kilmarnock was still playing in the game. And in veteran-former Rangers winger Chris Burke, they had the best player of the game. The man who did more than anyone else to turn the game upside down.
Morelos jumps high for the
Morelos cannot believe his luck after he has been booked for simulation during the competition meeting
The Rangers players cut despondent figures she got defeated by Kilmarnock
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With 13 minutes of play, Rangers claimed a handball against McKenzie when Burke waved a cross to the Rangers area. On the way to the edge of the area, Niko Hamalainen's thumping volley went well until D & Donnell turned it low in the net past a clambering and helpless Allan McGregor.
Rangers still had opportunities to win – both fall for Alfredo Morelos. The striker blew a glorious unmarked chance to shoot a Tavernier cross into the net from eight meters, without hitting the target.
The celebrations of the Rangers support were short-lived when the Colombian seemed to have nodded the winner with minutes to play, the & # 39; goal & # 39; pulled away for a push.
The night ended in bitterness when substitute Ross Millen collided with Nikola Katic during the time-up, which earned keeper Allan McGregor a yellow card for his involvement.
Anger and frustration was the only thing that Rangers had to hold on to full-time. Another precious three points had disappeared from their grasp.
It is clearly going to cost more than 80 miles per hour for Celtic & hope for a fourth consecutive Scottish Cup – blow off success
Even with Storm Ciara making circumstances on Broadwood, sometimes on Neil Lennon's side, the 33rd consecutive success in the old league and their now usual place in the last eight were not denied.
The eighth in League One, the Clyde outfit of Danny Lennon was wild and brave, but devoid of the belief and quality that their class of 2006 showed, because they had the Celtic side of Gordon in an early round famously eliminated.
Olivier Ntcham & # 39; s curling from outside the area found the bottom corner for the opener
Captain Scott Brown doubled Celtic's lead when he put the ball home from close range
Unlike that barely credible opportunity, Celtic did it here – not at their best, but sharp and dedicated enough to ensure that their stranglehold at the tournament would not be released. With the League Cup already under lock and key, their search for four trophies continues.
The issue was almost resolved before the parties reached the sanctuary of the changing rooms. Olivier Ntcham sent a shot of corkscrew in the wind and in the far corner with Scott Brown, who turned five minutes after the break.
The third came from a tap-in by substitute Vakoun Bayo when the clock struck 90 minutes. It was in more than the Lennon men earned.
Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie fights for possession with Chris McStay van Clyde in the first half
While Celtic did not count the number goals achieved that they threatened after the result was brought over all reasonable, it was still a competent enough show in completely horrible circumstances.
Patryk Klimala got his first start through Lennon with Mohamed Elyounoussi who made his first performance of the year. Although Scott Bain started for Fraser Forster, this was – in any case – a strong Celtic side.
You should have lived in a bunker for the past week to be unaware of the current Clyde side connections with Celtic. The backbone of their team was Chris McStay and Raymond Grant, sons of Paul and Peter, respectively, who put their stuff in the back of Danny Lennon.
While a repeat of the 2006 shock against Roy Keane et al. Never looked at truthfully on the cards, the Bully Wee will take some comfort that they remained competitive all the time.
Olivier Ntcham celebrating its 24th birthday scored its seventh goal in all competitions
Scott Rumsby clattered within two minutes from Klimala that if they went down, they would fight down.
With the corner flags sometimes bent horizontally, a certain degree of error had to be forgiven, Christopher The pass from Jullien to Moritz Bauer who went straight out of the park, an early example of that.
Clyde had their moments of hope before Celtic took the game past them. Mark Lamont wisely took the option to shoot at sight from 25 meters with his shot just wide bent.
In general, however, the traffic was toward the goal of David Mitchell.
With Celtic beginnings to settle, Brown found Olivier Ntcham. The Frenchman's powerful shot was deflected and had no sting by the time it reached into the keeper's arms.
Scott Brown celebrates with his teammates after his goal Celtic in a commanding
Michell then did well to understand Elyounoussi's effort, the stock came from Bauer's cross from the right.
Clyde's resistance lasted exactly 16 minutes. Boli Bolingoli, selected for Greg Taylor in the back left, unpacked Ntcham in a seemingly non-threatening position on the left.
After observing the conditions, Ntcham took them a few times to make them fly. The ball moved in one direction than the other, cheating on the helpless Mitchell and found the far corner. It already felt like a question how much Celtic would win over it.
Christie took a good chance for a quick second and hit the wall with a free kick after John Rankin flattened Klimala.
Clyde & # 39; s Tom Lang fights with Patryk Klimala who made his full debut for the traveling side
Clyde did everything they could to prevent Celtic from coming into their stride. They cut and nibbled ankles, launched themselves into tackles, even tripled if necessary.
But although the gusts of sweeping Broadwood certainly helped them in that respect, they also prevented them from bringing the ball down and having a great effect. David Goodwillie seemed to be in a different zip code at that time.
Slackness from Bolingoli had an unfounded chance of leveling them. But McStay's shot was defective and didn't go as far as Bain.
Christie looked into the mood here. He had saved a quick attempt and, after taking a short corner from Forrest, struck a shot in the corner that Mitchell had struck but just drifted wide at the last minute.
The draw should have been more than eight minutes from the break.
Ntcham & # 39; s long ball ours was collected by Forrest who subsequently released Klimala. Pole took a firm first touch and then tied the keeper only for him to throw a hand to block instinctively.
Employees and players struggled with windy conditions while Storm Ciara continues to influence the UK
But Clyde & # 39; s hope for an unlikely comeback evaporated even before she drank a welcome cup of tea.
At 40 minutes, Christie & # 39; s corner was spurred from the left by Klimala. Brown stopped Barry Cuddihy and pushed the ball over the line at the nearby post.
Michell & # 39; s afternoon was just as busy as he had expected. He did well to handle Christie's swishing efforts shortly after the turn, and then pulled Klimala's attempt to dump out of the sky.
The second half was a more pedestrian affair. In the absence of Odsonne Edouard, Christie saw his chances of a free kick, but rather wasted a chance to get his name on the score sheet that way, not being able to hit the goal with a dead ball chance that dead center used to be.
Clyde & # 39; s Chris McStay, played against Celtic where his father Paul played between 1981 and 1997
Jonny Hayes replaced Forrest with Bayo which relieved Klimala.
Goodwill had at least had to work for Bain when he was seen 20 meters outside, but his weak effort left Bain undisturbed.
Bayo had a decent chance at the counter, making it three, but after he had done the heavy part, planing was done. Clearly steered by Christie, he threw a shot into the side net when it seemed easier to score.
Christie hit the top of the bar with a floating attempt after being played by Brown before Bayo finally had a moment to enjoy.
Moritz Bauer was the provider with an eruption on the sidelines and a cut. This time Bayo could not miss it and not.
Brendan Rodgers was no stranger to a touch of top-spin in some of his statements in Celtic Park, but are increasingly Odsonne Edouard's early assessment looks like no hyperbole.
By claiming that the Frenchman was one of the best young players in Europe when he initially came on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, the then Celtic boss hyped the player to an almost impossible level. But who should argue with that estimate?
Edouard's two strikes in Celtic's four target routine at Motherwell were only half of his story. He was sometimes unplayable, merciless and relentlessly teasing Motherwell with his box of tricks. When he left the scene after 80 minutes, he had done extraordinary damage. It was not a moment too early for a side of Motherwell who simply had no answer to him.
Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard gave Celtic an early lead on third placed Motherwell
He claimed the first and fourth goal of another convincing Celtic victory to bring his count to 24 for the campaign. Leigh Griffiths provided the second at the start of the second half with Callum McGregor, who produced a sublime third.
These are six consecutive wins for the men of Neil Lennon since the new year with 18 goals scored. Ominous for Rangers, the champions have won 16 of their last 17 league games.
Considering that only his goalkeeper had earned enough points in the dismal loss at Livingston, there was a certain surprise that mother-well boss Stephen Robinson made only two changes to his basic setup. Richard Tait and Christian Ilic went in with Liam Grimshaw and Rolando Aarons, the latter made his debut after moving on loan from Newcastle.
Edouard achieved his 23rd goal of the season with a clinical strike in the ninth minute
Lennon remained faithful to the 3-5-2 form that has made him so good in recent weeks The only change on the side that eventually won with style at Hamilton was Jozo Simunovic who moved Stephen Welsh. Mohamed Elyounoussi took his place in the team for the first time this year.
Five consecutive wins since the New Year preceding this competition told only part of the story of how ruthlessly Celtic have become under Lennon. They started off 11 points better than at this stage a year ago under Brendan Rodgers, four points superior to the previous season and only six points shy of the 24-game total of the Invincible season of 2016-17.
After struggling long enough on Hamilton & # 39; s plastic surface, Celtic immediately looked more at home on the Fir Park grass. They could not have started the game in a more businesslike way, they entered the field in three-piece suits.
Edouard scored after nine minutes when he let the ball slide quietly under the goalkeeper
Comfortably in the formation they had sweetened in the Dubai sun, they dominated possession, poking and sounding, their opponents worked, waiting to jump when the moment came. benefit. A controversial figure along the way after his weekend jumble with Accies & Sam Woods, Leigh Griffiths seemed to have the intention of following his manager's advice and focusing on his football. midfield and from that moment Celtic was on the move.
Edouard found Callum McGregor driving into space. The first took a return pass and carried the ball further towards the goal. Although McGregor offered an option, the Frenchman went alone, enjoying a happy bounce of the ball from an opposite ankle 12 meters before he quietly stuck the ball home for his 23rd goal of the season.
Striker Griffiths doubled the visitors' advantage up close in the 51st minute
The striking player of Motherwell was Aarons, so much so that his manager quickly brought him in from the right wing. After seeing Kristoffer Ajer Jermaine Hylton's early slip with an early opening that he wasted, Robinson clearly tried to ask the Norwegian more questions.
With a certain degree of carelessness that arose after the goal in the game of Celtic, Motherwell had a few encouraging moments. Campbell fired just past the distant 10-meter post before Liam Polworth shot a decent opening farther away. Aarons then hit the outside of the pole, but at least was punished for a high boat.
The James Forrest error offered Hylton a new chance. Fraser Forster scribbled to the right to save a decent shot.
Griffiths may have made two, maybe even three. First he fired Olivier Ntcham's excellent target before he missed a more forgiven opportunity by sending a shot from the edge of the box onto the roof of the net.
Griffiths hit the ball past goalkeeper Mark Gillespie for his fourth goal in six games
Unlike seven days earlier at McDiarmid Park, Celtic & # 39; s quick start did not manifest itself in an indisputable lead during the interval.
Indeed, if Forster had not been there, Motherwell could have run the business just before Don Robertson's whistle sounded.
Simunovic completely lost his position while defending a routine cross. Aarons did his part, controlled the ball, and let his left fly, but the Celtic keeper did the same, stretched out a giant fist to steer the ball around his near post. It should have been all the warning that Celtic needed.
They have certainly restarted as if their manager had a lot to say about how they had ended half. They made significant changes within six minutes.
Callum McGregor took a pass from James Forrest and saluted high from the edge of the box
McGregor's energy and desire brought him to the byline before his vision came into play, his cutback for Griffiths accurate and unmasking sad defense in the home defense. Griffiths was able to choose – and did – his side before rolling his fourth goal home in six games.
The tiring but impressive Aarons with replaced by Sherwin Seedorf. Another Forrest error gave the substitute an early opening, but, like so much of Motherwell's game, his shot lacked conviction.
The skill of Edouard was sometimes exceptional. His ballistic dance on the right eliminated Lim Grimshaw. Griffiths hit the cross with a header.
closed in the 80th minute Edouard finished an excellent performance with a fourth of a 25-meter free kick
Entirely how Olivier Ntcham did not complete the points, only he could explain it. Griffiths & # 39; backside helped Edouard beautifully. The Frenchman just rolled his countryman to see him shoot over the top from six meters.
The next attempt by McGregor was true, but right to Mark Gillespie. Motherwell hung in there, but would soon be put out of their misery.
With 15 minutes to go, McGregor was the choice. Raised by Forrest's cross from the right, the midfielder's first touch with his right preceded a majestic swing from his left that brought the ball to the top corner. Game over.
Ryan Christie replaced Griffiths and immediately took a free kick from Declan Gallagher who brought the first booking of the game. Edouard stepped up and sent his trademark knuckle-free kick in the upper corner.
Celtic have called Sky Sports to start an investigation into allegations that Rangers included the interview of striker Alfredo Morelos with the broadcaster made up quotes from the Colombian who accused Celtic fans of racism.
Monday with subtitles, the The interpretation of the interview from Spanish is now widely controversial – especially the segment in which the player resigned at the end of the Old Firm game at Celtic Park on December 29 has recalled.
Sent to retrieve a second booking for diving at the end of the Rangers victory with 2-1, Morelos made a murderous gesture as he made his way to the tunnel.
An interview with the Rangers striker was released on Monday by broadcaster Sky Sports
Morelos apparently had his say on the issue when the Sky broadcast came out earlier this week – with the subtitles of his words that some home supporters explicitly accused of racism.
However, by Tuesday afternoon the translation of the interview was widely disputed.
Amid growing questions about the accuracy of the translation, Sky pulled the interview from their website.
In the Sky Sports subtitles he accused Celtic supporters of racist behavior
A spokesperson for Sky said: "We are aware of concerns about the content of the interview with Alfredo Morelos.
" While checking that, we removed the material from all of our platforms . "
By the time Odsonne Edouard slipped home Celtic the most important third with nine minutes Neil Lennon could no longer contain himself.
On Hamilton & # 39; s plastic grass, the Celtic manager went up, hit the sky, and embraced his players. If ever a score line had lied about how difficult an assignment would have been, then this was it.
Now seven points clearly at the top of the Premiership after they had played more of a game, Celtic, finally took full advantage of Rangers slipping home the day before in Aberdeen.
Celtic had to scrap the Hamilton Academical on Saturday afternoon
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Don't mind the SPFL Premiership. St Johnstone & # 39; s aggregated scoring line against Celtic in the past two years would be out of place in the Six Nations Championship.
Since November 2017, these two teams have played nine times in the SPFL. Towards the end of another one-sided match, the total score was 30-0 in favor of Celtic.
Before the kick-off, only Austrian leaders RB Salzburg had a better goal balance in European football. Celtic had overhauled their count within 30 minutes to go to plus 50. In a season where the goal difference may prove to be crucial, they should have scored more.
James Forrest scored Celtic & # 39; s second goal of the evening St. Johnstone on Wednesday
Forrest & # 39; s strike gave Scottish prime ministers breathing room away at McDiarmid Park
At the opening day of the season, Neil Lennon & # 39; s party scored seven a win on Tommy Wright & # 39; s side. They could have done that here in the first half.
A sparkling half-hour opening saw the movement and scoring threat of the champions overwhelm their hosts. With Celtic fans occupying three of the four stands, it felt like a home game. On and next to the field.
Before kick-off reports from France suggested that Olivier Ntcham was in an advanced conversation with West Ham.
Leigh Griffiths scored Celtic & # 39 ; s third goal after 26 minutes and followed with a knee slide
Griffiths then went to the traveling Celtic supporters to celebrate his strike
Named in the st arts line-up after Neil Lennon's denials, the midfielder hammered the first nail into the coffin of St. Johnstone with a thumping head after six minutes.
No one likes to play Saints more than James Forrest. The Scotland winger scored four first half goals in a 6-0 win at McDiarmid Park in October 2018. Here he helped himself to only one, Leigh Griffiths made three in four games, while Celtic finished in three at three.
EQUAL FACTS AND PLAYER REVIEWS
ST JOHNSTONE (3-5-1): Clark 5; Gordon 5, Kerr 5, Booth 3 (McCart 45, 5); Duffy 4, Tanser 4, Holt 3 (Craig 45 3), McCann 4, Wotherspoon 4, O & # 39; Halloran 5, Hendry 4 (Kane 62, 3)
St. Johnstone knew what to expect. The opening day of the Premiership season ended in a 7-0 route at Parkhead, the saints without a goal in their past eight meetings with the front runners. Despite the vocal complaints from Tommy Wright about repeated cuts in his playing budget, the Perth party came home undefeated in the last five games. The optimism did not last long.
A 3-5-2 formation combined Griffiths with Odsonne Edouard in the front, Greg Taylor and James Forrest as wing-backs. Their pace and movement overwhelmed the saints from the first whistle, Taylor produced his best view since he arrived from Kilmarnock in August for £ 2.2 million.
The left back could have claimed his first assistance after five minutes when Griffiths planted his probe with a head wide over the far post.
A minute later, Celtic continued. Nice interplay between Griffiths and Edouard fed the ball wide to Forrest. The beaten cross of the winger headed firmly into the net by Ntcham for 1-0.
Celtic players stood in line to score a second. Taylor cut in from the left and struck a strike on goal, Clark pushed to Griffiths – the second bite from the striker to the cherry blocked by Callum Booth.
Callum McGregor then shot a low right foot sliding inches wide from the base of the post. The goal came and arrived after 20 minutes.
Defending Wallace Duffy & # 39; s hesitation allowed Celtic to regain possession and work the ball from left to right. One on one with the tortured Scott Tanser Forrest hit the ball past the defender and dived into the far corner of the net for 2-0 for his 15th season strike.
Celtic seemed to be able to score at will. Griffiths let Clark take away a left foot shot. Edouard made his way through it and dragged a low left foot centimeters wide from the pole. They inevitably scored a third goal after 26 minutes. Greg Taylor & # 39; s penetrating cross from the left sideline unpacked Griffiths again and this time the rejuvenated striker struck brilliantly in the low right corner of the net.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon waits to embrace Griffiths after the striker in the second half came out
The half-time whistle was a form of sweet grace for St. Johnstone. Finishing the first 45 minutes without losing a fourth goal felt almost like a moral victory.
Tommy Wright made two interim changes and pressed on to sign new Jamie McCart – son of Celtic academy chief Chris – for his debut together with Liam Craig. The change from Neil Lennon seemed involuntary, injury-sensitive Jozo Simunovic replaced Moritz Bauer when the visitors went to a 4-3-3.
The change in shape damaged the attacking fluidity of Celtic. If nothing else St Johnstone competed, but the second half was devoid of real goalmouth incident. The visitors had contributed. Griffiths made way for Mikey Johnston after the hour. The game was all a bit ragged.
Saints finally tested Fraser Forster after 76 minutes, the curling right foot attack of David Wotherspoon from 18 meters was pushed around by the Celtic keeper. Substitute Chris Kan also drove a bustling attempt wide away from the upright while Odsonne Edouard made way for the new Polish striker Patryk Klimala for the last nine minutes.
The new bhoy arrived just a second late to reach a driven left football to the rear pole of the impressive Taylor.
The second half creates an anti-climax after the fireworks of the opening half hour of Celtic. Their lead at the top of the SPFL Premiership remains at five points and they could afford to engage cruise control.