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On a horrible and rainy day, Celtic defeated a battling Kilmarnock side at Rugby Park to keep up the pressure on Hearts at the top of the SPL. In a tight affair, a moment of individual brilliance by the ever-present Petrov sealed the three points and kept up Celtic's brilliant record against Kilmarnock in recent times.

A scrappy opening saw both sides working hard to close each other down and little in the way of fluid passing. It was the home side who were the first to work an opening after 11 minutes when after a nice move, Steven Naismith's pass found Gary McDonald in a great position in the Celtic box. But the midfielder wanted a touch before shooting allowing the tireless Shaun Maloney who replaced Alan Thompson for the game the opportunity to nip in and to superbly disposses him 10 yards from goal.

Celtic had started in a sluggish fashion but went ahead against the run of play on 24 minutes thanks to some inspired play by Petrov. Chris Sutton rolled his marker on the...
None of 60,100 spectators who left Celtic Park on Saturday will have any doubts that Hearts CAN win this title. The league leaders came from behind to preserve their 3 point lead at the top of the table and confirm their title credentials.

Before the game, the Celtic fans paid tribute to the return of captain Neil Lennon. Thompson also returned to the first team following injury as he took the position of the recently majestic Maloney, a decision which Strachan later called a "mistake".

Hearts started the brighter of the two teams and Paul Hartley tested Boruc in the early stages with a 30 yard strike. The Pole comfortably pushed the ball over the bar as he looked for his fourth consecutive clean sheet. Steven Pressley was next to worry the Celtic faithful as he narrowly missed out on an important touch at the back post after Skacel sent a dangerous ball across Celtic's six-yard box.

Celtic were struggling and almost fell behind again but top scorer Skacel just failed to...
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Published: Wed, 12 Oct 2005 11:02:46 GMT

CELTIC star Shaun Maloney today insisted the sceptics who continue to question Hearts' championship credentials are doing a huge disservice to the league leaders.
Published: Tue, 11 Oct 2005 00:39:01 GMT

CELTIC'S Shunsuke Nakamura looks likely to be at the centre of a club versus country row after Japan announced a friendly three days before an Old Firm clash.