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James Forrest scores two as Celtic hand Kilmarnock a 5-1 hiding

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Celtic leapfrogged Kilmarnock to the top of the Scottish Premiership with a stunning 5-1 victory in their clash at Celtic Park.

As well as taking Celtic two points clear of Kilmarnock at the top with two games in hand over the Rugby Park club - Rangers can go back top with a high-scoring win at Dundee on Sunday - the result and performance was a huge boost ahead of the do-or-die Europa League clash against Salzburg at Celtic Park on Thursday night.



There was to be no more Celtic goals but it was a convincing win against a Kilmarnock team who found out the hard way about title-winning standards.



Steve Clarke’s side travelled to Glasgow with a one-point lead over both Rangers and their Old Firm rivals but their much-talked about title credentials were first tested in the fifth minute when winger James Forrest swept the home side into the lead with a well-taken drive.

Seven minutes after the break Celtic defender Filip Benkovic was judged by referee Nick Walsh to have fouled attacker McKenzie inside the box and Brophy slammed the penalty past keeper Craig Gordon, who got a hand to the ball but could not keep it out.

Kilmarnock, however, were caught out again in the 25th minute when another incisive Celtic attack through middle saw Rogic play in Édouard and the French striker confidently knocked the ball past Bachmann from 14 yards.

Substitute Eamonn Brophy, on for Aaron Tshibola for the second half, reduced the deficit with a penalty in the 52nd minute, but Forrest grabbed his second to register Brendan Rodgers’ first win over Clarke in five attempts in Scottish football after two draws and two Kilmarnock wins previously.
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