CELTIC did not hits the skids on Kilmarnock’s notorious plastic pitch as they kept up their challenge for nine successive titles.

The Hoops maintained their place at the Premiership pinnacle following a well-deserved 3-1 triumph in Ayrshire that keeps them two points clear at the top of the table.

It has been drastic on plastic for the visitors in the past, but, thankfully, there was never any doubt about the destination of the points on this occasion with goals from Odsonne Edouard, with his 18th of the campaign, Leigh Griffiths, his second in two games on his comeback trail, and a soaring header from towering colossus Christopher Jullien.

It was a welcome victory as Neil Lennon’s men eased themselves back into league action following the mid-winter break.

Now all eyes are on Ross County who provide the opposition at Parkhead on Saturday.

CQN’s ace lensmen were at Rugby Park. Here is a pick of the pics.

OOPS…Leigh Griffiths is about to take a fall as he slides on the plastic pitch.

TWINKLE TOES…Callum McGregor dances past a lunge from Alan Power.

TAKE THAT…Odsonne Edouard fires in the opener.

HEAVENS ABOVE…Odsonne Edouard looks skyward as he and Christopher Jullien return to the Celtic half for the restart.

HOLD ON…Gary Dicker gets up close and personal with Odsonne Edouard.

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS…Christopher Jullien heads clear.

BY THE LEFT…Leigh Griffiths beats Alex Bruce as he claims the Hoops’ second goal.

JOY BHOYS…Callum McGregor and Jonny Hayes congratulate Leigh Griffiths.

NEAR THING…Fraser Forster prepares to block a header from Killie striker Nicke Kabamba.

SOAR POINT…Christopher Jullien takes to the air to head in Celtic’s third goal.

NO WAY THROUGH…Mikey Johnston is blocked by the Killie defence as Jeremie Frimpong looks on.

MID-AIR COLLISION…Odsonne Edouard feels the force of keeper Jan Koprivec as he challenges for a high ball.

HELPING HAND…Odsonne Edouard gets aid as he gets back to his feet.

CRUNCH…Jeremie Frimpong is on the receiving end of a fierce challenge from Alan Power.

GROUNDED…Frimpong receives treatment as he gets words of encouragement from Mikey Johnston while referee Don Robertson explains why it was not worth a card to Olivier Ntcham, Christopher Jullien and Scott Brown.

A WORD, PLEASE…Frimpong has a confab with the Killie culprit as he is stretchered off. 

THUMBS UP…Neil Lennon salutes the fans after the 3-1 triumph.


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