Updated: Mar 3
Celtic 2 (Elyounoussi 58, Duffy 70)
Turnbull set up Celtic's second.
Celtic had an NP xG of 1.9 while Kilmarnock's was NP xG of 0.47, which was the lowest of any Celtic opponents since mid September.
Celtic had 26 shots (the most this season) with 10 being on target. Possession was 64% with 712 touches. Celtic had 11 corners (joint best this season) and touches in the box were 35. Total Passes were 524 with a Passing accuracy of 83%. Celtic had 30 crosses. Possession in the final third was 33% and Celtic passes in the final third were 191.
Duffy was man of the match due to his stats. Duffy had 6 shots, 85 touches, 69 passes, 83% pass rate, 6 touches in the box, 13 aerials won out of 13 attempted, 3 recoveries, 1 clearance and 4 interceptions.
Celtic kept the 4231 and most of the team from midweek with Hazard, Soro, Duffy, Turnbull and Elyounoussi retaining their places. Klimala couldn't retain his place and was dropped again with Edouard coming in. Laxalt was dropped with Taylor coming in. Ajer was kept in his new position as right back. Forrest was still unavailable.
Celtic lined up with;
- Ajer, Jullien, Duffy and Taylor
- Soro and McGregor
- Frimpong, Turnbull and Elyounoussi
Johnston, Christie, Laxalt, Klimala and Rogic came on as subs with Johnston making his first appearance of the season.
Key note - Celtic's total passes and pass % were the worst this season Kilmarnock's NP xG was the lowest this season and it was Soro's first league start, Ajer's first league game at right back and Taylor's first start after missing the last 13 matches. 13 matches where Celtic only won 3 games and actually lost 6.