Celtic reinforced their position at the top of the table after beating Kilmarnock with a 91st minute Scott Brown winner on Sunday. But it was no way near as routine as Brendan Rodgers would have hoped.
The Hoops did create the first legitimate chance of the day following some well-constructed build-up play in the opening 11 minutes but Odsonne Edouard was unable to capitalise on Ryan Christie’s intelligent pass.
Indeed, despite dominating the rest of play, and even spending the last 15-minutes competing against 10 men – following Kirk Broadfoot’s dismal for a poor challenge on Scott Brown – the visitors looked destined to share the points with their opponents.
However, as Champions often do, Celtic found a way.
After Callum McGregor’s corner met the head of Dedryck Boyata, who did extremely well to steer it back to the penalty spot, captain Scott Brown pounced on his opportunity to strike home the only goal of the game.
Brown celebrated his winner in emphatic style by jumping into the awaiting fans just behind the net and was duly handed his second yellow of the game by referee Robert Madden for his efforts.
We’re sure he won’t mind.
Odsonne Edouard was the deserved winner of Man of the Match.
However, special credit should also be given Dedryck Boyata.
The Belgian was one of the better performers on the day and did well throughout to keep Kilmarnock at bay through some important early blocks. His assist contributed to the all-important goal at the end as well, which certainly can’t go without mention.
It’s refreshing to see he’s still so committed despite his Celtic career looking all but over come the summer.