Despite Derek’s moans and groans, 3-1 flattered Kilmarnock

3-1 flattered Killie, Derek and you know it! Listen to this McInnes interview on the Kilmarnock website to hear the full extent of his moaning….

The supporters who dared to brave the awful weather yesterday were rewarded as they witnessed the side put in a splendid performance as we stretched our lead at the top to seven points over St Mirren and 10 over third placed theRangers with those two playing each other shortly.

Yesterday’s 3-1 score line flattered Kilmarnock in the end as it could easily have been 6 or 7 if it wasn’t for a combination of bad finishing and excellent goalkeeping.

 Luis Palma of Celtic celebrates after he scores his team’s second goal during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Kilmarnock FC at Celtic Park Stadium on October 07, 2023. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Reo Hatate was back to his brilliant best and opened the scoring with a fine finish. Luis Palma also continued to impress and scored a fine goal, and just like midweek it was subject to a VAR check, although yesterday’s celebrations this time were not in vain.

Celtic were in control throughout the game and were never in danger of dropping points although it did get a little nervy after Kilmarnock pulled one back, but in all honesty the Ayrshire side didn’t look at all threatening.

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Greg Taylor calmed those nerves when he made sure of the points with a close range finish with 10 minutes to go. We had further chances to make the scoreline more attractive, but in the end the points were all that mattered and that heaps additional pressure onto the latest Ibrox club today,  in a match that they simply must win or the hilarious ugliness of the past few weeks will go off the scale.

Brendan Rodgers has got his Celtic  players fined tuned and it’s clear to see they are starting to click. It’s ominous for the rest of the league that we are just finding our rhythm but have already established such a commanding lead, regardless of who drops points today.  One or both of our rivals will that’s a given.

Derek McInnes has made a habit of refusing to credit Celtic after suffering defeat against the Hoops in his managerial career. Whether it’s been with St Johnstone, Aberdeen or Kilmarnock, Derek is always full of excuses for his side’s failings.

Yesterday was no different and he again had an axe to grind even after his side were comprehensively beaten. It was one of the most one sided games I’ve seen at Celtic Park in a while with only one side wanting to play football and that wasn’t Kilmarnock.

Celtic were far superior and McInnes should just be relieved that he only had to watch his keeper pick the ball out the back of the net just the three times.

McInnes reckons our second goal shouldn’t have stood as he believes it was offside. Admittedly I thought that at the time, but after seeing a replay it was a certain goal. It was subject of a VAR check and if the officials spotted that it was offside they would have ruled it out. Make no mistake about that.

Derek should be more concerned about his own side. That’s now seven games without a win and indeed their last win was against us in the cup six weeks ago. He is just deflecting from his own teams failings, nothing else. He’s certainly learned that from the best.

Wonder if he’s a contender for the job across the city?

Just an Ordinary Bhoy

The Celtic Star presents a night with John Hartson and Stephen McManus at the Kerrydale on Thursday 19 October…

There’s no Celtic action for a few weeks due the latest international break, but you can still come along to Celtic Park on Thursday 19 October – on the anniversary of Hampden in the Sun, Celtic 7 Rangers 1…to join The Celtic Star team live in the Kerrydale with special guests John Hartson and Stephen McManus as we launch Matt Corr’s new book ‘Majic, Stan and the King of Japan’ which tells the story of Gordon Strachan’s first season at Celtic and we’ll have the trophies Celtic won that season there too!

There’s live music from the wonderful Boolavogue and many more Celtic guests coming along which we’ll start to announce tomorrow. Tickets are selling fast so get yours now, just click on the image below and we’ll see you in the Kerrydale. it’s going to be some night and a great Celtic fix during the international break!

Join The Celtic Star at the Kerrydale on Thursday 19 October when we celebrate the launch of Matt Corr’s new book Majic, Stan and the King of Japan which tells the story of Gordon Strachan’s first season as Celtic manager. We’ll have the trophies that the Celtic team won that season plus well delighted welcome our special guests John Hartson and Stephen McManus, both stars of that Celtic team.

And we have other guests to be announced later this week plus there’s live music from the wonderful Boolavogue. Tickets are selling fast for what is sure to be a wonderful night of Celtic conversation and music and you can order below…

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