20 min Rangers have beaten St Mirren 3-0. They join Hibs and Ross County as teams who have won their two opening games.
19 min Taylor is looking good down the Celtic left and he finds space to cross with Elyounoussi, on loan from Southampton, free. But Broadfoot is alert, and he heads clear.
Kilmarnock (, Scottish Gaelic: Cille Mheàrnaig, “Marnock’s church”) is a large burgh in East Ayrshire, Scotland, with a population of 46,350, making it the 15th most populated place in Scotland and the second largest town in Ayrshire. The River Irvine runs through its eastern section, and the Kilmarnock Water passes through it, giving rise to the name ‘Bank Street’.
The first collection of work by Scottish poet Robert Burns, Poems, chiefly in the Scottish dialect, was published in Kilmarnock in 1786 by John Wilson, printer and bookseller and became known as the Kilmarnock Edition. The internationally distributed whisky brand Johnnie Walker originated in the town in the 19th century and until 2012 was still bottled, packaged and distilled in the town at the Johnnie Walker Hill Street plant. Protest and backing from the Scottish Government took place in 2009, after Diageo, the owner of Johnnie Walker announced plans to close the bottling plant in the town after 189 years.The economy of Kilmarnock today is largely dependent on skill force knowledge, with companies such as Vodafone and Teleperformance occupying a large part of the Rowallan Business Park Centre which was home to Food Partners, a nationwide sandwich franchise until it closed in 2019. Local property redevelopment and regeneration company, The KLIN Group occupies the former Andrew Barclay Sons & Co. offices in West Langland Street, Wabtec Rail Scotland operate a production factory for locomotives in the town centre and Utopia Computers, one of the UK’s fastest growing computer companies also have their headquarters and main site situated in Kilmarnock in High Glencairn Street. The bakery company, Brownings the Bakers, was established in 1945 in Kilmarnock, and today, operates a large production plant at the town’s Bonnyton Industrial Estate, with products being distributed across Scotland via chains such as Aldi, Lidl and Scotmid. The local newspaper, the Kilmarnock Standard has main offices in the centre of the town with publications taking place each Thursday per week.
Kilmarnock is home to Kilmarnock Academy, one of a small number of schools in the UK, and the only school in Scotland, to have educated several Nobel Prize Laureates – Alexander Fleming, discoverer of Penicillin, and John Boyd Orr, 1st Baron Boyd-Orr, for his scientific research into nutrition and his work as the first Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
In recent years, Kilmarnock has been used for musical acts and film locations. Rock band Biffy Clyro were formed in the town in a primary school in the mid-1990s. The 2001 film, Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001) was shot in the town as was Manhunt (2004).
Kilmarnock v Celtic: Scottish Premiership – live!
18 min Jullien heads Burke’s corner clear and Celtic build once more.
18 min First bit of Killie in a bit, Burke getting away down the right, but he doesn’t have the pace to get to the line and Ajer lumbers over the stick the ball into touch.
Kilmarnock v Celtic: Scottish Premiership – live!
16 min I mentioned Hibs earlier, and didn’t mention Sunshine On Leith, but not because I didn’t think to mention it. Is there a better football song in all the world?
15 min It’s all Celtic at the moment. They’re looking to get this finished, while Killie are hoping to sit in and see what happens later on.
14 min and here’s Taylor down the left, ramming a cross into what looks not unlike a hand. There are shouts for a penalty, but the ref says no.
13 min Celtic are passing with purpose now. You fear for Killie.
GOAL! Kilmarnock 0-1 Celtic (Christie 11)
For some reason there’s no wall, so Christie steps up and sweeps left-footed, low, into the far corner. It’s a decent effort, but ye’ve gottae save those. Happy full debut, Danny Rogers.
10 min Edouard spins Dicker, who chases and blooters him up in the air, playground style. He’s booked, and Ryan Christie fancies the free-kick, 30 yards out, left of centre….
10 min The advertising hoardings are telling us about Kilmarnock pie, which Wikipedia teaches me is “a steak and gravy pie produced by Brownings the Bakers since 2003. The pie has won a vast number of awards including best savoury pie in Scotland two years running as well as picking up the best pie in Scottish football.” Need badly.
8 min Dicker slams a cross into the box, but McKenzie, martialled by Frimpong, can’t get anywhere near it.
7 min Forrest squares for McGregor, who whacks from 20 yards; the shot deflects off the nearest shin, and Christie can’t catch up with it before Rogers grabs.
6 min Killie get it wide to Millen, who has time to look up before measuring a cross into the middle. And Kabamba is up too, but can’t pull head and neck behind it, so ends up heading wide. That wasn’t an easy chance, but that wasn’t a very good effort either.
5 min Celtic knock it about until Taylor wins a free-kick. There’s a lot of shouting coming from the touchline.
3 min My Sky drops out just as Kabamba motors through the middle, then returns just in time for me to see Frimpong on the ground, having taken a bang to the coupon. He’ll be fine, as a replay shows me that Kabamba didn’t have the pace to get away from the men in pursuit.
2 min Celtic are in their lime green Albert Kidd kit, one of the absolute greatest of all-time.
1 min Morelos has just put Rangers 3-0 up.
1 min Celtic get us underway.
The players take a knee. All black lives matter, people.
Here come the teams…
Elsewhere, Rangers lead St Mirren 2-0, a Connor McCarthy own goal just compounded by Alfredo Morelos; there are 18 minutes to go.
I’m kind of surprised that Olivier Ntcham isn’t starting games. Celtic are more likely to drop points because they don’t create enough than because they’re not solid enough.
He says his players were more intense in training this week, as they get fitter, and that Barkas needs to get settled. He had a difficult conversation with Bain, who took the news well, and will play some games this season.
Neil Lennon says this is a different game to last week, but he expects the same outcome. He thinks the pitch will make the game slower and that the ball won’t run well, but Celtic won this fixture last season so it’s no excuse.
I should note that the Rugby Park surface is artificial. I guess we’ve moved on from the burning fibreglass versions we had in the 80s, but the Liverpool side of the era famously hated playing at Kenilworth Road. The run and bounce are truer nowadays, but perhaps there’s an advantage for Killie there.
Greg Taylor seems a very sorted young man, and a perfect replacement for the equally sorted Kieran Tierney.
John Hartson is rhapsodising Edouard. I don’t know, but I’m guessing the lure of 10 in a row is a big one – I wonder if he might think about that, and also whether he might get a better move if he hangs on. He looks, to my eye, to be a far superior player to Moussa Dembélé, and though I don’t think anyone should be forced to work anywhere against their will, if Celtic can persuade Edouard to stay, they’ll get much better money for him in what is hopefully a post-corona world.
Here’s that interview in full. I urge you watch it.
“No one wants to have a job as a quota, ticking a box,” he says. “I want a job because I’ve earned it, not because it makes the figures look right.”
I think this is something that people don’t necessarily realise. For people of colour, it’s not just the jobs they don’t get but the ones they do; were they employed for any reason other than their ability to do it well? It is not difficult to grasp that this is an extremely difficult place in which to be.
He goes on to say that he’s never thought about himself as a role model, but his wife tells him he is, necessarily, and he hopes people look at him and realise that it can be done: black people can manage football teams. What a mortifying thing that is to type.
Alex Dyer, the Killie manager, is on Sky talking about how important it is that players took a knee last week. He talks about how it is, and was, in Newham where he grew up and how police treat black people differently to white people, following them and stopping them for no reason other than the colour of their skin.
“How do you have this car?”
“I go to work, I work for a living … it’s not nice to be stopped regularly like that, looking over your shoulder.”
They qualified for Europe last season too.
Here they are, drawing 2-2 with eventual winners, Real Madrid!
Please could someone commission me to write 6400-6500 words on Killie’s title win in 1964-65? Thanks.
As for Celtic, they bring in Vasilis Barkas, signed from AEK Athens this summer, for Scott Bain.
So what does it all mean? Killie make two changes from that Hibs defeat, with Gary Dicker replacing Greg Kiltie in midfield and Danny Rogers, who replaced the injured Jake Eastwood at half-time last week, staying in the team. Dickamona is on the bench.
Kilmarnock (4-2-3-1): Rogers; Millen, Broadfoot, Findlay, Waters; Power, Tshibola; Burke, Dicker, McKenzie; Kabamba. Subs: Lyle, McGowan, Haunstrup, Dikamona, El Makrini, Kiltie, Brophy, Whitehall.
Celtic (4-2-3-1): Barkas; Frimpong, Jullien, Ajer, Taylor; Brown, McGregor; Forrest, Christie, Elyounoussi; Edouard. Subs: Bain, Bitton, Klimala, Soro, Ntcham, Bolingoli, Robertson, Elhamed, Karamoko.
The number 10 is key to our culture: tithes, ten plagues, ten commandments, Ten by Pearl Jam. It controls how we count, which controls how we think, which controls how we feel, not just a figure, but a concept.
But when it comes to Scoish fitba, it means more. Celtic have won nine consecutive titles – a feat they also managed between 1965-6 and 1973-74, only for Jock Wallace’s Rangers to intervene – and a feat Rangers managed between 1988-89 and 1996-97, only for Wim Jansen’s Celtic to intervene. Now, though, it’s very hard to see.
Last week, Celtic swept Hamilton aside, with Odsonne Edouard scoring a 33-minute hat-trick. He is a brilliant player, and his poaching by a richer club in a richer league seems like Rangers’ best hope – even if Alfredo Morelos, their own star striker, also departs. But Celtic are strong in other areas too, particularly at full-back, where Greg Taylor, formerly of Kilmarnock, and Jeremie Frimpong offer speed, aggression and creativity.
Killie have their work cut out this afternoon. After finishing eighth last season, they lost 2-1 at Hibs last weekend – despite playing ok – and have been forced to change their keeper thanks to Jake Eastwood’s injury. Meanwhile, Clevid Dikamona, the former Hearts centre-back whose contract expired during the corona break and who signed last week, is unlikely to have been cleared in time to play. However, Alex Dyer has added six other players to his squad since the end of last season, so perhaps they can somehow force through a surprise.
Kick-off: 4.30pm BST