Ladbrokes Premiership



By Stewart McConnell

HIGH-flying Killie are on their best run of form against the champions in more than five decades following Sunday's amazing come-from-behind win.

They have now gone four games unbeaten against Celtic for the first time since 1963 and leapt above the Bhoys into fifth spot as a result of the victory.

Later victorious boss Steve Clarke, who saw off Celts in February, hailed match winner and former Hoops youth player Stuart Findlay, who played through the pain barrier to bag the winner.

He said: "When you score so late, there's no time for a reaction. Burkey was desperate to see out the game. It was a good delivery. I was pleased for Stuart. He didn't train all week but put his body on the line. He was struggling at half-time but these are some of the rewards the footballing gods give you."

Killie began well and in the opening minute, Eamonn Brophy headed just wide, but the offside flag had gone up. In four minutes the same player ballooned a free-kick over the bar.

The hosts won another free-kick in 26 minutes when Jordan Jones was fouled. However the set-piece from Chris Burke was saved easily by Craig Gordon.

Celts went ahead eight minutes later when Greg Taylor miscued a clearance which crashed off the crossbar and Leigh Griffiths pounced to powerfully head the ball home.

In 51 minutes both sets of fans acclaimed former manager of both clubs Tommy Burns as they chanted his name.

However 13 minutes later it was all-square when Alan Power teed up Burke, who let fly with a low 25-yard shot into the bottom corner.

Then three minutes into injury-time the home fans were in delirium as Burke swung over a corner and Findlay evaded his marker before bulleting home a header.

KILMARNOCK: MacDonald; O'Donnell, Findlay, Broadfoot, Taylor, Burke, Power, Tshibola, Jones (Ndjoli 84) Brophy (McKenzie 90) Stewart (Dicker 80). Subs not used: Byrne, Bachmann, Kris Boyd, Wilson.


Chris Burke 3

Eamonn Brophy 2

Aaron Tshibola 1