Celtic eased among the mounting strain on boss Neil Lennon as they thrashed managerless Kilmarnock within the Scottish Premiership.
Whereas their 10-in-a-row hopes are all however over, a commanding efficiency delivered their greatest win since September.
A Scott Brown header, a double from Odsonne Edouard and a late aim from Albian Ajeti sealed the factors.
It brings Celtic inside 20 factors of Rangers with a sport in hand.
For Kilmarnock, below interim supervisor James Fowler for the primary time since Alex Dyer’s departure on Saturday, they suffered their fourth defeat in a row as they continue to be ninth within the desk.
The Ayrshire membership stay 5 factors away from backside however having performed two extra video games than Hamilton.
Each side needed a response. Kilmarnock had gained simply twice in 11 video games and Dyer paid the worth on Saturday. Lennon was nonetheless hanging on at Celtic, however one win in six has made his place more and more unstable.
The beginning either side made was encouraging. Celtic loved the majority of possession, and David Turnbull opened his physique up and curled simply broad. But, Kilmarnock repelled a lot of the strain, and Chris Burke ought to perhaps have achieved higher when he met an extended ball contained in the field.
However Celtic’s strain instructed when captain Brown bulleted a header in from a Turnbull nook kick and broke the impasse.
Minutes later and Brown caught Aaron Tshibola with an elbow, although referee Kevin Clancy gave him the advantage of the doubt a lot to the chagrin of the Killie man.
Celtic continued to benefit from the lion’s share of the ball. Callum McGregor broke into the field however Zeno Ibsen Rossi made an impressive sort out to disclaim him simply as he was about to tug the set off.
Burke fired over for Killie and Turnbull had a shot saved for Celtic.
Thrice in as many minutes Edouard tried to manoeuvre his manner via the Kilmarnock defence, however repeatedly bumped into bother. Nevertheless, he discovered the again of the web when he squeezed a penalty into the underside proper hand nook after goalkeeper Colin Doyle was adjudged to have fouled Ajeti.
Kilmarnock thought that they had pulled one again when Burke met a ball on the again submit and appealed that his header had crossed the road, however goalkeeper Scott Bain simply managed to get a foot to it.
That was the right determination, however quickly after Kilmarnock gave the impression to be on the flawed finish of 1 when Edouard poked in a 3rd after outpacing the defence, but replays confirmed he could have strayed offside.
Ajeti made it 4 along with his first aim since September when he held off Rossi and completed from shut vary.
Kilmarnock had two positive possibilities to tug one again late on. Rossi’s header was saved on the road, and Mitchell Pinnock drove a shot simply previous the submit, however their depressing run continues.
Man of the match – Jonjoe Kenny
What did we study?
Interim boss James Fowler known as for his gamers to indicate they have been a superb aspect and have been keen to struggle for the jersey, and for a lot of the sport they put up a good struggle. However, they allowed Celtic an excessive amount of of the ball whereas too many gamers drifted out of the sport, and Celtic picked them off with ease within the second half.
Jonjoe Kenny had a good debut for Celtic, and look assured at right-back with some neat touches. It is a win that, quickly no less than, eases the strain on supervisor Neil Lennon.
What did they are saying?
Kilmarnock interim supervisor James Fowler: “There have been elements of the efficiency we could be proud of, however in case you lose 4 targets, you need to be trustworthy sufficient to say defensively we weren’t ok at instances.
“Actually, the second aim is not a penalty. Whenever you converse to the fourth official and he says the referee and assistant are having a dialogue, I feel that tells its personal story. Often they know these items immediately. And the third – it seems to be actually tight by way of offside.”
Celtic supervisor Neil Lennon: “I received the response I needed. It was completely night time and day from the efficiency on the weekend. We should always kick on from this. I am on the lookout for way more consistency within the subsequent few months.
“The league could also be past us, however we have a variety of massive video games to return, we have a cup competitors and we have to end the season strongly for the supporters. If we play like that, it’s going to take a superb group to cease us now.”
Kilmarnock journey to St Mirren on Saturday (15:00), whereas Celtic are at residence to Motherwell.
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- 27TshibolaBooked at 36mins
- 29BurkeSubstituted forPinnockat 76′minutes
- 9OakleySubstituted forKabambaat 71′minutes
- 3TaylorSubstituted forLaxaltat 90′minutes
- 17ChristieSubstituted forElyounoussiat 70′minutes
- 14TurnbullSubstituted forJohnstonat 73′minutes
- 22EdouardSubstituted forKlimalaat 73′minutes
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Match ends, Kilmarnock 0, Celtic 4.
Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 0, Celtic 4.
Try missed. Mitchell Pinnock (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the centre of the field is shut, however misses to the left. Assisted by Brandon Haunstrup.
Nook, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Stephen Welsh.
Substitution, Celtic. Diego Laxalt replaces Greg Taylor.
Foul by Greg Taylor (Celtic).
Aaron Tshibola (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the fitting wing.
Albian Ajeti (Celtic) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Clévid Dikamona (Kilmarnock).
Try saved. Zeno Rossi (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the field is saved within the prime centre of the aim. Assisted by Mitchell Pinnock with a cross.
Nook, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Jonjoe Kenny.
Foul by Albian Ajeti (Celtic).
Clévid Dikamona (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Objective! Kilmarnock 0, Celtic 4. Albian Ajeti (Celtic) proper footed shot from the centre of the field to the underside left nook. Assisted by Scott Brown with a via ball.
Try missed. Mitchell Pinnock (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outdoors the field is excessive and broad to the fitting.
Kristoffer Ajer (Celtic) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Alan Energy (Kilmarnock).
Nook, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Jonjoe Kenny.
Nook, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Michael Johnston.
Try missed. Mitchell Pinnock (Kilmarnock) proper footed shot from the fitting aspect of the field misses to the left following a set piece scenario.