Last Updated: 15/10/11 2:47pm
Superb entertainment at Rugby Park as Celtic produce a memorable comeback to secure a vital point when calls were being made for Neil Lennon's head at half time. Thanks for your company at Rugby Park and I'll see you all soon!
It's nearly a delightful one-two between Ki and Wanyama but Pursehouse heads away and the game looks to have seen its last attack.
Mulgrew makes amends at the other end by blocking off Pascali's run, with Kilamarnock now gaining the upper hand as Harkins wins a throw-in.
Mulgrew's free-kick is straight at Jaakkola and a good chance from the set piece is wasted by Celtic.
One minute of normal time left as Majstorovic launches it up field with Ledley losing control and Pursehouse launches it away to safety.
It's a tense finish as both teams push for an elusive winner that neither deserve to concede, with Killie nearly snatching it with Shiels' header to Heffernan headed over the bar from two yards by the striker!
The corner is cleared by Mulgrew as El Kaddouri skillfully plays Celtic out of trouble, finding Stokes on the left who plays it out to Ki whose cross into the box is headed clear.
Buijs's ball to Heffernan swerves out of play and Kenny Sheils' men look tired as they approach the crucial final five minutes.
Pursehouse hoofs it clear after a strong run by Kayal and Neil Lennon is working off at least 50 pounds as he paces up and touch his technical area.
Stokes makes a run on the right side and crosses out to El Kaddouri but his ball into Wanyama in the box is caught well by Jaakkola.
Bangura looks to edge past Pursehouse and plays it back to Majstorovic who had crept up for an attack but the centre-back fouls Kelly.
The atmosphere is unbelievable at Rugby Park as Celtic are now winning everything with Kilmarnock visibly stunned, as Shiels plays a dreadful ball into Heffernan.
Forrest's ball in is headed back into the box by Majstorovic into the path of Mulgrew who heads in from close range. It's all square at Rugby Park and Celtic are out to win it!
A long ball from Ki to Stokes is dealt with by Fowler but Celtic are right back on the attack and Kelly picks up a yellow card ater pulling down Forrest.
Celtic fans are juiblant as the comeback is one goal away from coming to fruition as Kilmarnock concede a throw-in deep in Celtic's half.
Stokes picks it up from 25 yards and has a pop which is directed far enough into the corner to beat Jaakkola. Can Celtic do it?!
Within minutes though, Heffernan could have made it 4-1 after Harkins' brilliant header finds the striker in the penalty area and Heffernan, on the turn, is unlucky as his half-volley drifts wide.
Jaakkola could maybe have done better, certainly the Kilmarnock wall could have, but Stokes' free-kick is excellent and Celtic have a route back into the match!
Huge claims for a Celtic penalty, who looked clear at first as Stokes went down under Pascali, but nothing is given and Stokes may have taken a tumble upon viewing on the replay.
El Kaddouri loses out in a battle of strength with Fowler and the right back finds Heffernan whose shot hits the chest of Shiels and lands in Forster's arms, much to his relief.
Good chance for Celtic after Bangura picked the ball up and found Kayal whose ball to the back post hit Stokes and went out for a corner, with the striker claiming Jaakkola got a touch.
Heffernan and Majstorovic clash, with a foul given against the Celtic centre-back on the half-way line.
A long ball from Matthews to Wanyama sets the striker free on the left, who decides to half-volley a beautiful ball to Stokes which is cleared desperately by Pursehouse.
Celtic spread the play and Ki finds Cha whose cross is again parried by Jaakkola, with Stokes judged to have fouled the Killie keeper.
Neil Lennon looks a dejected man on the touchlines as he side still struggle to create any clear cut second half chances, with Bangura giving the ball away after trying to set himself up to shoot.
Cha and Forrest exchange passes, with the former crossing in from the right with Jaakkola claiming in his six-yard box.
Harkins looks for Heffernan on the right but plays a through ball with too much weight for the striker. Kilmarnock's play is still outstanding as the game wears on though, which should be stressed.
A long ball from Kelly finds Shiels in space but the ball is played back to Sissoko after good pressure from Celtic.
Sissoko heroically throws his body in the way to deny Stokes as Celtic up thre pressure in Killie's half.
Kayal lets looses a thunderbolt from 30 yards that isn't too far away from goal but Jaakkola is comfortable as he watches it go over the bar.
Great chance for 4-0 for Kilmarnock after McKeown set free Heffernan in space but good defending from Mulgrew pushes the striker back and calm is temporarily restored.
Harkins relieves some pressure from Celtic by blocking off Matthews' run, but Cha collects on the right and crosses in with Pascali heading clear at the near post.
Wanyama is booked after pushing his luck off often with a tug of Kelly's shirt after the Killie man intercepted the ball off Bangura.
Tensions start to rise after a flurry of strong tackles, with Kelly clutching his ankle after a tackle from behind by Wanyama.
Matthews makes a crunching challenge outside the box to deny Kellty's shot, while up the other end Wanyama sets up Stokes whose shot is deflected into the arms of Jaakkola.
Celtic's best form of offence appears to be on the right as Forrest takes on three players before finding Wanyama who fails to control the ball on this occasion.
Pursehouse takes a clattering trying to knock Matthews off his run down the left but takes it for the team and Kilmarnock push Celtic back after a good spell.
Having said that, Shiels is then freed by Heffernan on the left and crosses into the six-yard box with no-one there to meet it.
Bangura plays it nicely around the centre circle as Lennon's substitutions already seem to be giving more stability to Celtic.
Wanyama gets into the thick of it with Kelly and wins back possession for Celtic who face a mountain of a challenge to avoid a third straight away SPL defeat.
Celtic makes two subs at the break with Victor Wanyama and Mohammed Bangura coming on for Kayal and Hooper.
Mark Evans writes: "Everyone seems to be focusing on how badly Celtic have played, nothing should be taken away from Kilmarnock. I think they have been outstanding in this first half and im sure they will take the 3 points they fully deserve."
Marc Hughes writes: "This has surely got to be Lennon's last game in charge, it's become embarrassing, but who will replace him? Will the board pay the money for a decent manager?"
Duncan McNiven writes: "I am offshore in an office with two tv's one with the BIG Liverpool vs Man U and other tuned to the Killie v Celtic game. Many people and all eyes on the north of the border game. Say no more eh. Very good performance from the ayrshire side and Celtic showing no signs of confidence ??"
A truly mesmeric half at Rugby Park as Killie stun Celtic with a first-half treble that has completely crushed Neil Lennon's side. Can the Bhoys produce an outstanding comeback or is the game Killie's already? E-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll publish the best ones.
It's a howler from Mulgrew who looks to play the ball back to Forster but ends up playing a superb assist to Fowler who has the simple task of dipping the ball over the Celtic keeper.
Fowler searches out Shiels but Matthews tracks back to clear as Forrest picks it up on the right and plays in Hooper who goes down in the penalty area under a strong touch from Sissoko. To the dismay of the Bhoys players, no penalty is given.
Celtic are all over the place as Ki gives the ball away after attempting to back-heel it back to Cha.
Free-kick to Celtic after Hooper is floored by Fowler, with Ki's ball in punched away confidently by Jaakkola.
Celtic are in all kinds of trouble as Sheils' run down the left is played in inch perfect to the position of Heffernan who makes it 2-0 from close range.
Kayal chips a ball over the top to Stokes but Sissoko checks back and plays it back safely to Jaakkola.
The corner comes out to Kelly again, who fires a second shot away but it deflects off Pascali and Celtic win the goal kick.
Celtic are nearly in deeper trouble as Kelly fires from 30 yards forcing a fingertip save from Forster who tips it behind goal!
Kilmarnock are spreading the ball beautifully at times but Cha is Celtic's shining light at the moment as he reads a ball from Kelly and bombs down the right before losing out to McKeown.
Cha goes down in the penalty area under McKeown but no foul looked apparant and a goal kick is given to Kilmarnock.
Stokes weaves his way around Sissoko on the left, but his cross is cleared at the near post as the game becomes increasingly open.
Cha's long ball down the right side to Forrest travels out of play before it reaches the winger, and Harkins picks it up again to the delight of the Rugby Park faithful, with a foul given against the forward in the process.
Celtic are back on the attacking front foot as Hooper and Forrest press the Kilmarnock centre-backs, but they play their way out of danger with Kelly's long ball to Heffernan judged offside against the striker.
Game stopped for a minute after a collision between Hooper and Sissoko, but the Kilmarnock man is back on the pitch after being treated for a head knock.
Celtic are now distinctly on the back foot as Harkins breaks in acres of space before having a pop on the edge of the penalty area which takes a touch off Mulgrew and lands in the arms of Forster.
Liam Kelly dispossesses Ki effectively but a long ball to Heffernan goes over the top of the striker to Fraser Forster.
The atmosphere around Rugby Park is electric as the home fans turn up the volume with Celtic looking stunned after going behind.
Kilmarnock take the lead, after superb hold-up play by Heffernan found Shiels who lashed home from 15 yards. First blood to Killie!
A neat lay-off from Hooper 25-yards out nearly lands over the top of McKeown to Stokes but the centre-back adjusts his feet well and heads clear.
Great chance for Killie after a free-kick from Shiels was headed back into the box by Pascali before Kelly fired over from 20 yards.
Majstorovic strongly clears after a good run by Pursehouse, playing in Kayal who charges at the centre of Killie with Sissoko making a good tackle to intercept.
A lovely touch from Stokes in the area controls the ball, before he plays in Hooper whose lay-off to Matthews is dealt with at the back post for a goal-kick.
Corner to Celtic after Sissoko's clearance from Forrest, but Killie clear after a poor touch from Forrest.
Harkins' free-kick doesn't get past the ball and Celtic break with Stokes on the left who is hacked down by Pursehouse and the right-back picks up a booking.
Dean Shiels goes flying after a late, bruising tackle by Mulgrew. Killie with a free-kick from 30 yards.
Harkins' lay-off carries too much weight for Heffernan and Charlie Mulgrew slides in as Celtic deal with the danger.
Celtic are finding their feet now as Hooper and James Forrest link up, with the right winger's cross into the near post smothered by Jaakkola after good play from the visitors.
Cha's speedy play on the right nearly finds Hooper on the turn but Sissoko reads the move and cuts in to clear.
Great play by Harkins sets Killie forward but James Fowler's run down the line is cut off by Matthews.
That was truly a horrendous miss by the Celtic striker who still looks shell shocked at his miss, as Celtic win a controversial throw as the ball looked to have come off Joe Ledley.
Celtic keep play nicely between their midfield and Stokes blazes a brilliant opportunity over the bar from a yard after Cha Du-Ri's long ball across goal. Huge chance missed for the Bhoys.
Celtic clear the danger effectively, with Hooper looking to break before Danny Bulis tracked back and took a chunk out the striker to win back possession.
A mix-up in midfield lets Heffernan in but the striker was all alone and tackled by Majstorovic whose long ball up to Stokes is charged down expertly by Jaakkola.
Kayal clashes with Alex Purhouse in a 50/50 with Celtic winning a free kick, before a one-two with Stokes and Hoopes results in Hooper running offside for the return ball.
Celtic look to settle on Rugby Park and work the ball around their defence before a loose pass by Beram Kayal allows possession to return to Kilmarnock.
Rory McKeown makes a weaving run past Cha Du-RI and eventually Daniel Majstorovic steps in to clear as the rest of the Celtic defence looked to have fallen asleep.
Ki intercepts a return pass from Heffernan to Harkins and finds Anthony Stokes from the right, who drifts a cross into the centre with Jaakkola claims.
A poor touch from Ki Sung-Yeung allows Liam Kelly in but Celtic recover well, and Hooper wins it back before fouling Manuel Pascali.
Killie kick off with Gary Harkins and Paul Heffernan, with a flurry of headers occuring on the left side before Mahamadou Sissoko plays it back to Anssi Jaakkola.
Sky Bet price Neil Lennon's Bhoys at 1/3 on to be victorious at Rugby Park. KIlmarnock at at 8/1 to win the three points while the draw is priced at 4/1.
Kilmarnock: Jaakkola, Pursehouse, Buijs, Sissoko, McKeown, Fowler, Pascali, Kelly, Shiels, Harkins, Heffernan. Subs: Letheren, Hay, Silva, Dayton, Kroca, Fisher, Kennedy.
Celtic: Forster, Cha, Majstorovic, Mulgrew, Matthews, Forrest, Ki, Kayal, Ledley, Stokes, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, Wanyama, Bangura, El Kaddouri, Mark Wilson, Loovens, Rogne.
Neil Lennon makes four changes to his Celtic side. Kris Commons is suspended after being sent off in the last outing at Hearts as Badr El-Kaddouri, Victor Wanyama and Mohamed Bangura all drop to the bench, with Cha Du-ri, Joe Ledley, Beram Kayal and Anthony Stokes coming in. Kenny Shiels' Killie team also show four changes with injured keeper Cameron Bell replaced by Anssi Jaakkola and Danny Buijs, Gary Harkins and Liam Kelly coming in for Zdenek Kroca, Gary Fisher and James Dayton who are all among the substitutes.
Celtic are currently ten points adrift of Scottish Premier League leaders Rangers, but with a game a hand. A win is crucial for the Bhoys if they are to keep chasing Ally McCoist's side, while Kilmarnock can climb above St Mirren into sixth with a win this afternoon.
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