CELTIC 1 KILMARNOCK 0 (Sat, April 27, 2019)
SOME things are written in the stars. Jozo Simunovic, the man wearing Billy McNeill’s precious No.5, headed in the winner with 67 minutes showing on the Parkhead scoreboard.
The Croatian centre-half had scored only two goals in four years until he popped up with the winner on this highly-charged and extremely emotional occasion.
The Hoops were toiling for a breakthrough goal and had passed four hours without a league strike following scoreless draws with Livingston and Hibs when they were awarded a corner-kick on the right.
It was blocked and Tom Rogic worked it back to Callum McGregor. This time the midfielder arced a cross to the back post and Simunovic took off on an almighty leap to get his head to the ball to send an effort zipping low past the diving Daniel Bachmann at his right-hand post.
The thoughtful defender presented his shirt to the McNeill family afterwards in a praiseworthy gesture.
TEAM: Bain: Lustig, Simunovic, Ajer, Izaguirre; Brown, Rogic (sub: Ntcham 79); Forrest (sub: Hayes 79), McGregor, Sinclair; Edouard.