Scottish champions Celtic continued their perfect start to the league season with a come-from-behind 3-1 win over Kilmarnock at the Parkhead this afternoon.
Odsonne Edouard was at the double for the Hoops, while Ryan Christie also scored one for them. These were all in response to Eamonn Brophy’s shock opener for the away side.
In a game that was expectedly dominated by Neil Lennon’s men, Kilmarnock struck first in the 33rd minute, when Brophy’s deflected shot from the edge of the box hit Kristoffer Ajer and ballooned into the back of the net.
However, at the stroke of half-time, James Forrest delivered a perfect cross for Edouard to head it in. The aforementioned scorer then put his team in front eight minutes into the second half with a low finish from eight yards out.
Four minutes later, Forrest had his header saved by the keeper before Christie bundled home the rebound to restore normalcy at the Parkhead.
Here’s how we rated the Celtic players after this game:
Fraser Forster - 8
Made a penalty save and one acrobatic one apart from seeing a ball balloon over his head into the back of the net once. An eventful day in goal.
Moritz Bauer - 7
Bauer was dynamic at right-back and assisted Edouard’s second goal. Subbed off with 10 minutes to go.
Christopher Jullien - 7
A solid performance from Jullien who was good on and off the ball. Subbed off later on.
Kristoffer Ajer - 7
Just like his partner, Ajer was solid at the back. The incident where the Kilmarnock goal came off his deflection was an unfortunate one.
Bolingoli-Mbombo - 7
The left-back had a good game where he was making runs forward and causing problems to the Kilmarnock defence. It was his cross that led to the third Celtic goal.
Scott Brown - 5
This wasn’t Brown’s best game and it epitomised when he gave away a penalty in the dying embers of the game. Fortunate enough to see that Forster saved the spot-kick.
Callum McGregor - 6
A steady presence in midfield without doing much wrong or extraordinary.
James Forrest - 10
A man-of-the-match performance from Forrest who took this game by the scruff of its neck and drove the team forward.
Assisted first Celtic goal, had five attempts on target and was involved in the third goal as well.
Olivier Ntcham - 7
Ntcham was dynamic on the ball and looked sharp. He had his effort well saved by the Kilmarnock keeper but Edouard was there to bundle the rebound home. Subbed off later on.
Ryan Christie - 7
Christie was sharp around the opposition box and got his goal to probably seal the game for the hosts.
Odsonne Edouard - 9
Took both of his goals well and was a threat to the Kilmarnock defence all game long.
(SUB) Jonny Hayes - 5
Came on in the final 15 minutes and showed some good touches.
(SUB) Hatem Abd Elhamed - N/A
Came on in the final 10 minutes and didn’t have much time to influence the game.
(SUB) Tom Rogic - N/A
Not much time to influence the game in any way, shape of form.