No. of Shots
Shots on Target
McDonald, O'Donnell, Greer Broadfoot , Taylor, McKenzie, Dicker, Mulumbu , Jones, (Findlay 90), K Boyd, (Tshibola 66), Brophy, (Erwin 81).
Subs Not Used: Fasan, Kiltie, Frizzell, Simpson,
Kilmarnock’s manager stuck with his system and his personnel. Some bosses switch and change for facing Celtic, but Clarke gave his team confidence by trusting them and their usual shape against the champions. He deployed his two strikers in Kris Boyd and Eamonn Brophy and included talisman Mulumbu and it was a brave call which reaped the ultimate rewards.
Youssouf Mulumbu's first goal for Kilmarnock condemned Celtic to only their second domestic defeat under Brendan Rodgers.
The midfielder scored in the second half to deliver the reward for the home side's disciplined display.
Mulumbu should have scored again late on, but Dorus de Vries saved.
Celtic not only failed to score, but failed to land a shot on target until the last minute, and lost Dedryck Boyata and Kristoffer Ajer to injury.
The win, Kilmarnock's fifth in a row at home, moved the Rugby Park side into the top six.
The home fans were on their feet but at no times did their heroes look out on theirs. To a man, they worked and fought as a team as Celtic pushed everything they had forward in search of a leveller that never came.
Jones and Mulumbu had marvellous chances to seal it with just minutes to go but their composure deserted them. Their manager will forgive them, as will their fans. It was a stunning win that was thoroughly deserved.
Steve Clarke: "We kept our shape, we believed in what we were trying to do and when we grew into the game we started to play some really good stuff, When you look at the game overall, there's not too many people that would grudge us that win. It's easy to do it on the training pitch. The hardest thing is to take that level of quality into a big game like that, against the best side in the country by a distance. I've got belief in these players. If we can continue that in the coming weeks then we can have a decent season."
Kris Boyd: "Celtic didn't really cut us open, we were organised and we worked all week on being compact in the middle of the pitch, In the first half we had numerous opportunities to put the ball into the box and didn't do it, but in the second half we did and you saw the difference. We could have had two or three others after that. We said it from day one when the manager came in, there was a change because he brought that experience, he's been at the top level. From the first time that he spoke to us we knew that if we listened there was going to be a change in the fortunes of this club. We've put a run of games in now at home."
Youssouf Mulumbu: “It was a crazy week for me because on Monday I received an offer from France (Bordeaux). I spoke with the manager and the board and it was a great offer from a big team in Ligue 1. It was one of the top four clubs in France and I was sad to leave Kilmarnock after such a short space of time. But there are some opportunities you can’t turn down. It all happened very fast but then on Wednesday they decided to stop the negotiations. I waited for the move until the last minute then Steve Clarke and the board decided to cancel everything because it was taking too long. I am happy to stay here and help the lads. Against Celtic, I scored a goal and I am 100 per cent focused on Kilmarnock now. It’s been four years without scoring so I’m happy. We knew it would be tough against the best team and you need to be ready. The manager didn’t really need to speak as all the players were focused and motivated. We waited, we suffered a bit in the first half but we didn’t concede many chances. In the second half we had chances and could have scored more goals. We deserved our win. When you play against the best team and you have Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham and Eboue Kouassi against you, it’s going to be tough.But I like to be in those battles, I like to show people ‘This is who Youssouf Mulumba is. Sometimes he works sometimes he doesn’t but he did good against Celtic. I said we have the possibility to reach the top six and that remains the focus. We can’t beat Rangers and Celtic then finish in the bottom half — that would be unacceptable. We have some great players like Jordan Jones, we have brought in Aaron Tshibola, we have good forwards and they they are working hard. We are here to help young players like Greg Taylor. At the start of the season we were lacking confidence and when you don’t win games it’s hard to play. Now we just need to keep doing good things and keep the momentum.”
Scott Brown: “Kilmarnock won and you saw their players celebrating in front of our fans like they’d won the World Cup. It’s one of those ones, they are delighted and we are disappointed. They defended quite well and made it hard for us, and we just couldn’t get the chances we would have liked. It is always hard when they sit deep with a lot of men behind the ball and try to counter-attack. We didn’t deal with that as well as we should have done".
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