Celtic came out with a 3-1 win against Kilmarnock with a brace from Odsonne Edouard and a strike from Ryan Christie giving Neil Lennon’s side the victory. But it was far from a comfortable afternoon with Fraser Forster producing some big saves to secure all three points for the Hoops.
The first half hour of the game was completely dominated by Celtic as they tested the Kilmarnock keeper on multiple occasions and James Forrest even hit the post. But then completely out of nowhere, the visitors went ahead in the 33rd minute with a goal from Brophy completely against the run of play.
The Hoops did well to get things back level before half-time. James Forrest played a delicious ball from the left flank and Edouard headed it past the keeper to make it 1-1.
What transpired after the break was an onslaught. First Edouard made it 2-1 with a cool finish after some great work by Bauer down the right. And then Christie latched on to a rebound to secure all three points and continue Celtic’s perfect start to the Premiership season.
Yet there was still work to do on the other end of the pitch as well. Forster made an acrobatic save to deny Brophy his second of the game. And then he saved a penalty late in the second half to keep it at 3-1. On a different day with a different keeper under the sticks, it very well might have ended 3-3.
Here’s how we rated the Celtic players in their 3-1 win over Kilmarnock:
Fraser Forster – 8.5
His first truly great game since his return to Parkhead in the summer. Before Sunday he had not looked the most convincing in his second stint at Celtic but questions were being raised whether he was still the man that left for Southampton five years earlier. Based on his performance against Kilmarnock, he surely is.
Moritz Bauer – 7
A very good full debut for the summer arrival in front of his new home fans. He has a battle on his hands if he is to displace Hatem Abd Elhamed from the first team. But he certainly did his chances no harm here. Dynamic in possession and solid at the back, he provided the assist for Edouard’s second. Was replaced late on by Elhamed.
Kris Ajer – 7
Has not been at his impeccable best since his return from injury after the international break. But he was solid against Kilmarnock and should soon be back to being the dominant force that we all know he can be.
Christopher Jullien – 7.5
Has certainly blossomed during Ajer’s absence and right now looks like worth every penny that Celtic paid for him in the summer. Quality on the ball and a brilliant off it, Celtic fans will be sweating after he appeared to pick up an injury late in the game and had to be replaced by Tom Rogic.
Boli Bolingoli – 7
Celtic fans’ meltdown earlier in the season following Tierney’s departure to Arsenal and the Belgian’s shaky performances, is starting to seem like an overreaction of epic proportions. Bolingoli has nailed down the left-back spot with a series of impressive performances and Greg Taylor is yet to get even a sniff.