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James Forrest scores two as Celtic hand Kilmarnock a hiding

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It continues this real good feeling, real good run of form.”

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

Celtic leapfrogged Kilmarnock to the top of the Scottish Premiership with a stunning over the Ayrshire side.

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

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

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

Eamonn Brophy reduced the deficit with a penalty in the 52nd minute, but Forrest grabbed his second to register Brendan Rodgers’s first win over Clarke in five attempts in Scottish football .
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