Celtic recovered from their weekend League Cup hangover with a comfortable victory at home to Kilmarnock.

Joe Ledley opened the scoring for Celtic four minutes from the end of the first half with a long-range effort.

Shortly after the restart, Killie levelled through a Cillian Sheridan tap-in at the back post.

Anthony Stokes added a close-range shot on either side of two strikes by Adam Matthews - one a long-range screamer to match Ledley's first half strike.

With the weekend fury of their manager Neil Lennon still ringing in their ears, it was back to the league and back to winning ways for Celtic as they swept Kilmarnock aside in some style.

Kris Commons rattled the bar twice in the first half as the home side looked to bounce back from that Hampden defeat by St Mirren. .

The visitors were struggling to deal with a more lively Celtic side and Georgios Samaras could, and perhaps should, have given the home side the lead after 10 minutes when he rounded Cammy Bell in the Kilmarnock goal but his shot smashed the side netting.

In the dying minutes of the first half Killie thought they had grabbed a shock lead.

Lukasz Zaluska was caught out by a looping ball by teenager Ross Barbour from the left and, as he and Kelvin Wilson tried to clear, Killie claimed the ball crossed the line.

Referee Callum Murray looked to his assistant but waved play on.

Lennon was forced to shuffle his pack after Emillio Izaguirre hobbled off but substitute Ledley fired a rocket past Bell to put Celtic one up.

The former Parkhead striker Sheridan pulled Kilmarnock level just after the interval, though, following a great cross from William Gros.

Five minutes later Matthews put Celtic ahead again with a thunderous shot that rivalled Ledley's for the spectacular and from that point Celtic never looked back.

Gary Hooper, subject of yet another failed bid from English Premier League side Norwich, passed up a number of chances to stretch the lead further but Killie were on the verge of crumbling.

Stokes, on for the injured Samaras, made it three after rounding the goalkeeper and slotting past Bell from a tight angle.

Matthews put the icing on the cake with his second and Celtic's fourth shortly after, tapping in from a yard out.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Celtic

  • 24 Zaluska
  • 02 Matthews
  • 03 Izaguirre (Ledley - 36' )
  • 06 Wilson
  • 21 Mulgrew
  • 23 Lustig
  • 08 Brown Booked
  • 15 Commons (Stokes - 74' )
  • 67 Wanyama
  • 09 Samaras (Watt - 44' )
  • 88 Hooper

Substitutes

  • 35 Thomson
  • 25 Rogne
  • 16 Ledley
  • 33 Kayal
  • 10 Stokes
  • 11 Nouioui
  • 32 Watt

Kilmarnock

  • 01 Bell
  • 02 Tesselaar
  • 04 Fowler Booked
  • 23 McKeown (O'Leary - 72' )
  • 25 Barbour
  • 38 O'Hara
  • 88 Sissoko
  • 10 Dayton
  • 28 Winchester (Racchi - 61' )
  • 09 Gross (Heffernan - 86' )
  • 12 Sheridan

Substitutes

  • 17 Letheren
  • 03 Hay
  • 05 O'Leary
  • 07 Racchi
  • 29 Pascali
  • 14 Heffernan
  • 15 Perez
Ref: Murray
Att: 43,652

Match Stats

Shots

20 6

On target

10 4

Corners

10 0

Fouls

5 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:08 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

89:06

Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Ross Barbour.

88:41

Gary Hooper produces a right-footed shot from close range and strikes the post.

88:00

Danny Racchi handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Victor Wanyama.

87:26

Danny Racchi takes the free kick.

87:26 Booking

Booking Scott Brown is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

87:21

Scott Brown challenges James Dayton unfairly and gives away a free kick.

86:00

Shot from just outside the box by Gary Hooper goes over the crossbar.

85:18 Substitution

Substitution Paul Heffernan comes on in place of William Gros.

84:37

William Gros is caught offside. Free kick taken by Lukasz Zaluska.

82:57

Assist by Anthony Stokes.

82:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Matthews - Celtic 4 - 1 Kilmarnock Adam Matthews grabs a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Celtic 4-1 Kilmarnock.

82:55

The ball is delivered by Anthony Stokes,

80:50

Unfair challenge on Victor Wanyama by James Fowler results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mikael Lustig.

77:20

Gary Hooper provided the assist for the goal.

77:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Anthony Stokes - Celtic 3 - 1 Kilmarnock Anthony Stokes scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 3-1 Kilmarnock.

76:27

Jeroen Tesselaar has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

76:05

Anthony Stokes is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.

73:42 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Stokes comes on in place of Kris Commons.

72:57

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line.

71:30 Substitution

Substitution (Kilmarnock) makes a substitution, with Ryan O'Leary coming on for Rory McKeown.

70:26

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Charlie Mulgrew, clearance by William Gros.

70:19

The ball is delivered by Tony Watt, blocked by Mark O'Hara.

67:10

Gary Hooper fouled by Mohamadou Sissoko, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kelvin Wilson.

65:35

Kris Commons fouled by Rory McKeown, the ref awards a free kick. Victor Wanyama restarts play with the free kick.

65:17

Ross Barbour takes a shot. Save made by Lukasz Zaluska.

64:06

Kris Commons takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.

62:04

Effort on goal by Kris Commons from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

61:30

Danny Racchi takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Zaluska.

60:26

Free kick taken by Rory McKeown.

60:26 Substitution

Substitution Danny Racchi on for Jude Winchester.

60:26

Rory McKeown fouled by Gary Hooper, the ref awards a free kick.

58:56

The ball is swung over by Charlie Mulgrew, Gary Hooper takes a shot. Cameron Bell makes a save.

56:45

The ball is delivered by Adam Matthews.

55:08

Kris Commons takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

54:37

The ball is swung over by Tony Watt, James Fowler makes a clearance.

53:20

Scott Brown fouled by Cillian Sheridan, the ref awards a free kick. Victor Wanyama takes the direct free kick.

52:39

Handball by Tony Watt. Free kick taken by Jeroen Tesselaar.

52:21

The ball is sent over by Joe Ledley.

51:54

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.

51:26

The ball is delivered by Kris Commons, Rory McKeown makes a clearance.

51:02

Kris Commons decides to take a short corner.

50:53

The ball is delivered by Tony Watt, clearance made by Mark O'Hara.

49:17

The assist for the goal came from Kris Commons.

49:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Matthews - Celtic 2 - 1 Kilmarnock Adam Matthews grabs a goal from long range to the top left corner of the goal. Celtic 2-1 Kilmarnock.

48:41

Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew to the near post, Cillian Sheridan manages to make a clearance.

48:30

Charlie Mulgrew delivers the ball, Jeroen Tesselaar makes a clearance.

47:02

The assist for the goal came from William Gros.

47:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Cillian Sheridan - Celtic 1 - 1 Kilmarnock Cillian Sheridan grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Celtic 1-1 Kilmarnock.

46:58

The ball is swung over by William Gros,

45:47

Kris Commons produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

45:21

Kris Commons decides to take the corner short.

45:14

Adam Matthews produces a cross, blocked by Rory McKeown.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

43:44 Substitution

Substitution Tony Watt joins the action as a substitute, replacing Georgios Samaras.

42:12

Georgios Samaras sends in a cross, Cameron Bell makes a save.

40:58

Kris Commons provided the assist for the goal.

40:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Joe Ledley - Celtic 1 - 0 Kilmarnock Joe Ledley finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Kilmarnock.

39:34

Shot by Gary Hooper from 12 yards. Cameron Bell makes a save. Close range shot by Georgios Samaras misses to the left of the goal.

38:01

James Dayton has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

37:07

Centre by Gary Hooper, Jeroen Tesselaar makes a clearance.

36:29

Rory McKeown produces a cross, Lukasz Zaluska makes a save.

35:05 Substitution

Substitution Joe Ledley comes on in place of Emilio Izaguirre.

33:59

The ball is sent over by Adam Matthews.

31:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Victor Wanyama on James Dayton. Direct free kick taken by James Fowler.

30:27

Charlie Mulgrew has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.

29:53

Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Matthews, Cillian Sheridan manages to make a clearance.

29:48

The ball is swung over by Georgios Samaras, clearance made by Ross Barbour.

29:10

Unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Mohamadou Sissoko results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Kelvin Wilson.

28:27

Corner from the left by-line taken by Charlie Mulgrew, clearance made by Rory McKeown.

28:14

Scott Brown takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Bell.

27:56

The referee gives a free kick against Georgios Samaras for handball. Direct free kick taken by Mohamadou Sissoko.

26:40

William Gros crosses the ball, save made by Lukasz Zaluska.

26:06

Shot from 20 yards by Kris Commons.

25:11

Kelvin Wilson takes the free kick.

25:11 Booking

Booking James Fowler goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

25:02

Victor Wanyama fouled by James Fowler, the ref awards a free kick.

24:48

The ball is swung over by Ross Barbour.

22:42

Foul by Mikael Lustig on James Dayton, free kick awarded. Cillian Sheridan fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

20:03

James Fowler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.

19:00

Centre by Adam Matthews, clearance by Mark O'Hara.

18:25

Cillian Sheridan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Kelvin Wilson restarts play with the free kick.

17:20

The ball is delivered by Mikael Lustig, Victor Wanyama produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

16:48

Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Bell.

15:37

The ball is swung over by Charlie Mulgrew.

12:51

Georgios Samaras has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the target.

12:27

Centre by Kris Commons, clearance by Mohamadou Sissoko.

11:27

Emilio Izaguirre sends in a cross, save made by Cameron Bell.

9:35

Adam Matthews sends in a cross.

9:07

The ball is swung over by Charlie Mulgrew, Mohamadou Sissoko makes a clearance.

8:49

Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew, William Gros manages to make a clearance.

7:56

Jeroen Tesselaar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Kris Commons.

7:24

The ball is sent over by Kris Commons, clearance by Rory McKeown.

5:13

The ball is sent over by Emilio Izaguirre, Jeroen Tesselaar makes a clearance.

4:53

The ball is delivered by Charlie Mulgrew.

4:05

Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line, Mohamadou Sissoko manages to make a clearance.

3:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Victor Wanyama on Jeroen Tesselaar. Cameron Bell takes the free kick.

2:08

Mikael Lustig sends in a cross.

1:10

A cross is delivered by Adam Matthews.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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