Late Goals from Kilmarnock Shock Celtic

Kennedy’s late goal secures Kilmarnock’s victory over Celtic
Kilmarnock secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Celtic as Matty Kennedy scored a late winner to inflict another defeat on the Hoops this season. The win at Rugby Park follows Kilmarnock’s previous Viaplay Cup victory over Celtic.

Celtic took the lead in the 33rd minute through Matt O’Riley, who scored his ninth goal of the season from close range. Despite Celtic’s lead, Kilmarnock continued to improve and eventually equalized in the 75th minute when Nat Phillips turned Brad Lyons’ cross into his own net. Kilmarnock then completed the comeback when Danny Armstrong set up Kennedy for the winning goal, slipping the winger through as they counter-attacked down the right-hand side.

The defeat marks Brendan Rodgers’ first cinch Premiership defeat of his second spell in charge of Celtic. Despite this loss, Celtic remains five points ahead of Rangers, with one more game played.

Celtic made some changes to their lineup, with Phillips starting in place of Cameron Carter-Vickers who had a hamstring concern. Despite some good chances for Celtic, especially early in the game, Kilmarnock ultimately emerged victorious, leaving Celtic with a lot to ponder.

The back-and-forth action between the two teams saw several missed opportunities in a game that was filled with drama and excitement. Both Celtic and Kilmarnock continued to create chances throughout the game, with Kilmarnock ultimately securing a dramatic late winner, inflicting Celtic’s second defeat this season.

The uneven surface and difficult weather conditions added to the intensity of the game, with the battle continuing into eight minutes of stoppage time. Ultimately, it was Kilmarnock who emerged victorious, securing a valuable three points and a memorable win over Celtic.


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