CELTIC celebrated 10-in-a-row on their way to nine-in-a-row with their 3-1 win over Kilmarnock at Parkhead yesterday.
Neil Lennon smiled as he watched the champions rack up their tenth successive domestic triumph in 2020 as they zoomed 12 points clear at the top of the Premiership.
The ninth flag on the trot is now in sharp focus with the Hoops six wins away from equalling the extraordinary feat of Jock Stein’s great teams of 1966 through to 1974. The victory over the Rugby Park visitors was the eighth win in the league since returning from the mid-winter break.
Plus the team have also seen off the challenges of gallant Partick Thistle and Clyde on their way to the Scottish Cup quarter-final where they will take on St Johnstone in Perth on Sunday.
Scotland’s title kings were stunned in the sixth minute when Killie were awarded a penalty-kick which was fired behind Fraser Forster by Eamonn Brophy. That stirred the Bhoys into a storming response and Kristoffer Ajer, the goal hero against Aberdeen at Pittodrie the previous week, thumped in the equaliser and Odsonne Edouard scrambled in the second before the interval.
Leigh Griffiths, with his fifth strike this year, made it three and, for the ninth consecutive year, the crown looks destined for the east end of Glasgow.
CQN‘s ace lensmen were at Celtic Park to capture the action. Here is the pick of the pics.
EYES ON THE BALL….Kristoffer Ajer puts pressure on Kirk Broadfoot and Co.
ON THE RUN…Ryan Christie takes on Alan Power.
HE WENT THATAWAY…Jermie Frimpong teases Killie left-back Niko Hamalainen.
CROUCHING TIGER…Jeremie Frimpong battles for possession.
DANGERMAN…Leigh Griffiths is braced for a challenge from Stuart Findlay.
ACTION MAN…Ryan Christie prepares to launch another raid.
THREE CHEERS…goalscorer Odsonne Edouard is congratulated by Tom Rogic and Jozo Simunovic after the second goal.
JOY BHOYS…Tom Rogic and Odsonne Edouard share the joy, but Killie keeper Laurentui Branescu and Stuart Findlay don’t share the delight.
I’M IN CHARGE…Fraser Forster, Celtic’s skyscraper shotstopper.
THE WAY AHEAD…Leigh Griffiths is all smiles after netting the third goal.
CHEERS, MATE…Leigh Griffiths thanks goal provider Ryan Christie.
THE ROCK…Christopher Jullien is looking every inch a £7million defender.
CAPTAIN’S ROLE…Callum McGregor takes on Gary Dicker.
WIZARD OF OZ…Tom Rogic displays his skills.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE…substitute Vakoun Issouf Bayo bursts between Niko Hamalainen and Stuart Findlay.
POISE AND POWER…Jozo Simunovic played his role after paying the penalty.
SO CLOSE…Odsonne Edouard fires a shot past the post much to the relief of keeper Laurentui Branescu and defender Kirk Broadfoot.
SHAKE, PAL…Kristoffer Ajer and Greg Taylor celebrate after another job well done.