Celtic 2-1 Kilmarnock


Kilmarnock substitute Danny Racchi scored with a thunderous striker after 87 minutes to turn an otherwise pedestrian Celtic victory into a late drama.  Georgios Samaras scored a goal either side of half time to give Celtic the platform to secure a victory which moved them to within a point of the top of the table.

Victor Wanyama played in central defence, which left his midfield partner, Beram Kayal, bereft of a solid accomplice in midfield.  As a result, Kilmarnock found it easy to run through the Celtic midfield with Paul Heffernan and Dean Shiels causing problems.

Neil Lennon must have been wondering what he would need to do to spark Celtic into action after the break when Cha Du-Ri sprung clear on the right and threw in a high cross which Samaras attacked six yards out and headed into the net in first half stoppage time.

8 minutes after the break Samaras made it 2-0.  Gary Hooper collected a through ball on the right and knocked it into the Greek’s path.  Samaras looked to have lost the ball, which was caught between his feet, but he recovered, evaded some flaying defenders and cracked a left foot shot into the net from the edge of the area.

Kilmarnock looked well out of the game until Racchi’s late intervention but after they pulled a goal back Celtic looked rattled.  Celtic scarcely held possession for the remaining minutes and hardly put two passes together in three minutes added time.  Fraser Forster was forced off his line to challenge Heffernan with seconds remaining.  The keeper did well to block but the ball broke free to Dayton who failed to convert an excellent change to equalise.
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  1. BelfastCityCelt on

    Sorry! Ruined the blog.



    Time to go before i get barred.



    Nollaig Shona Dhuit everybody.

  2. Just stay on the shoulder Celtic……..plenty of time to do them properly!




    ( How many sleeps till the Tax man makes an appearance?)

  3. TimsinOhio ( formerly TimsinYYZ ) on

    Paul67, a Merry Christmas to you and your family sir. Thanks again for your dedication to this wonderful site. To all CQN’rs around the world have a wonderful time with your families this evening and tomorrow. Roll on Wednesday when we will go back to our rightful place at the top of the league. Finally to Knoxxy2000, our family will be in church tonight saying a prayer for wee Oscar and your family. YNWA.

  4. hamiltontim, take care and best wishes for tomorrow.



    BelfastCityCelt – and everyone else



    There is a link creator on the site, please use it when posting links as this prevents long urls disrupting the page width.



    TimsinOhio, thank you and a great Christmas to you and yours too.



    Knoxy2000, I echo TimsinOhio’s sentiment. Take care.

  5. Bizarre interview with the Kilmarnock manager claiming Celtic had actually scored their goal during the half-time break.



    Strange a top flight manager doesn’t know the rules.The referee will play a MINIMUM of 1 minuted added time.

  6. Hail hail



    Merry Christmas Bhoys and Ghirls



    i know its bad, and its the season of good will and all




    but i hope they are hurting, Sneaky Sally get it right up ye




  7. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Paul 67 A Merry Chritmas to you and your family and thanks for this wonderfull site.H.H.

  8. Seasons greetings to all CQN’rs…….



    Great results today (plural)……..thought we should have killed Killie off when we were strolling………missed Sammi as an out ball when he went off….Presume he was being saved for Wed………..also thought we looked more comfortable when Ledley went further up………




    Ref Salmon did OK……..nothing to suggest worth watching him



    Paddy T

  9. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    Two Christmas days in a row!



    Well, that’s what it feels like!



    Any news on injuries from the game today please?



    And a belated thanks for the updates!

  10. what a great day…….now 1 point in it with all to play for and we have the huns realising they are about to be trampled !!




    All the best Paul67……it’s been an oustanding year for CQN and all involved.





    A very Merry Christmas to one and all.





  11. BelfastCityCelt on

    Np Paul67 – Thanks a million chief for providing us with the best football site in the world!



    Best wishes to everybody on Celtic Quick News,and to the Celtic supporters at home and abroad.



    A wee mention for those dedicated supporters that are no longer with us.



    RIP Michael son.



    God bless you all.



    Slan. :)

  12. the long wait is over on

    Brilliant day for us.



    didnt think we played particularly well but , in fairness Killie are a pretty decent outfit.



    Whatever happens the away game against them will be really tough.



    As for dignity FC –



    Game on UK wide TV, two players sent off , players manhandling the ref. Where are you now fat Salmond?



    Isnt that a Shame Game worthy of an immediate public inquiry , especially as one of the clubs involved was also the culprit in the last “Shame Game”?



    Nah , didnt think so.



    As someone posted earlier on Lenny should stay well clear of McCoist on Wednesday.



    Lets not get dragged into their indiscipline.



    Dignity ? Hmmm…

  13. Someone asked for a festive dollop of FF…enjoy the Christmas Greeting






    going in to a celtic game expecting to lose


    Anyone else got this horrible feeling?


    Not since ecks disastorous run have i felt like this going into a game agaainst them



    Its a horrible thought, but i dont see any sign that can give me even the slightest bit of optimism




    Ally McCoist has shown absolutely nothing to suggest he has any ability about him as a manager at all in my eyes, let alone the ability to halt what has been a dreadful decline since what was the only highlight of his managerial career.




    Re: I have no faith in Ally at all…


    Malmo, Maribor, Falkirk, St Mirren twice (one draw) Killie, shite v Inverness and Dunfermline ach I could go on.








    Rangers Imploding


    Sad to see its came to this.



    Its simply to big for you Ally.





    Jelavic tackle at the end


    Anyone else think he was trying to get sent off? Don’t think he is up for the battle on Wednesday night.



    First half decent bid that comes in and I would punt him, so blatantly obvious he no longer wishes to be here





    My Christmas has just been ruined.


    After todays no show from the team and seeing Ally’s team selection has truely ruined my day. Before I get called a drama queen etc. I cannot believe any one else on here have been hasn’t been alarmed by our performance’s over the last few games




    Re: If its all Ally fault, who would replace him?


    Jimmy calderwood




    Re: If its all Ally fault, who would replace him?


    Jim Jeffries




    Re: If its all Ally fault, who would replace him?


    Derek McInnes




    Re: If its all Ally fault, who would replace him?


    Ask Souness to take over till the end of the season

  14. ‘Souness till the end of the season…..”



    Oh please Santa, just one ickle thang more………




  15. Paul67


    God bless….. Thank you for providing a place where Celts from all over this world can meet up daily to air our views on our shared common love .


    Merry Christmas



  16. Forster-growing into the jersey


    Cha-another good game


    Vic-consistently brilliant


    Charlie – good


    Ledley-an unsung hero










    Sammi-man of the match


    Hooper-very good but needs better service






    Coaching -average to one dimensional and lacks positive approach

  17. notthebus says:


    24 December, 2011 at 17:44




    please stop putting up stuff like that, its scarey!!!




    its how we all felt going into the Samaras game v them at the start of the year

  18. a happy yuletide one and all,



    I was off down the christmas markets collecting a stuffed goose , and some fresh samaras humble pies,



    could i be a bother, and ask this fine establishment , if anyone perchance, would know the scoring from the plucky southside rowing clubs perambles against the sainted mirrins ,



    anyone be so kind …………





    hahahahahhahah goweser, girut. hahahahahhahahah

  19. I have my woolly jumper on my slippers and my pipe has just been fully loaded.



    The family has been ordered to sit on the sofa and listen




    Filthyhuns roasting on an open fire


    Jack Frost nipping at your nose


    Yuletide carols being sung by a choir


    And folks dressed up like Eskimoes….



    Shhhugarrrr….. wrang one …..



    ….. happened on one of those Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah days


    Now thats the kind of day when you can’t open your mouth


    Without a song jumping right out of it



    Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-A-Dee-A


    My oh my what a wonderful day


    Plenty of sunshine headed my way


    Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-A-Dee-A



    Mister blue birds on my shoulder


    It’s the truth


    It’s actual


    Everything is satisfactual



    Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-A-Dee-A


    Wonderful feeling


    Wonderful Day


    Yes Sir



    Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-A-Dee-A


    My oh my what a wonderful day



    O plenty of sunshine headed my way


    Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-A-Dee-A



    Mister blue birds on my shoulder


    Its the true————–UH HUH!!!


    Its actual


    Everything is satisifactual



    Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-A-Dee-A


    Wonderful feeling


    Feeling this way



    Mister blue birds on my shoulder


    It is the truth


    It’s action


    Huh……..Where is that blue bird?


    MMMmm MMMmm


    Everythin is satifaction


    Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Zip-A-Dee-A


    Wonderful feeling


    Wonderful Day




    Hail Hail

  20. The ref at St Mirren Park was brave to send off two Rangers players. More bravery will be needed later when the backlash comes. Our ref today was fine although he seemed to find some free kicks to Killie late on. :-)

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