first_imgBoth sides kept attacking, which maintained the excitement, and in the 70th minute Scott Sinclair curled the ball against the junction of bar and post from the edge of the box. He then missed a good chance he had created for himself.It was a convincing win against a Kilmarnock team who found out the hard way about title-winning standards.Rodgers commended his players for bouncing back after Wednesday’s draw with Motherwell. “We’ve been on a great run for two months,” he said. “We should have won the game in midweek, but what a way to bounce back with a performance like that. It continues this real good feeling, real good run of form.”ROUNDUPJoe Shaughnessy and Blair Alston scored as St Johnstone extended their unbeaten run to eight matches with a 2-0 win at Aberdeen.Saints’ captain Shaughnessy broke the deadlock when he met David Wotherspoon’s corner with a powerful header after 71 minutes. Three minutes later the visitors doubled the lead with Alston curling in a strike from just inside the box.Hearts returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory courtesy of an own goal from Motherwell defender Charles Dunne.Dunne, returning following two months out through injury, was under pressure from Hearts midfielder Peter Haring when he inadvertently headed past ‘Well keeper Mark Gillespie in the 14th minute. Following a bright start, the match was largely contested with a fierce battle in the middle of the park. Motherwell peppered the hosts’ penalty box with crosses as they searched for an equaliser late in the game but, led by captain Christophe Berra, Hearts held on.Levein said: “The mission was to get three points. How we could do that wasn’t of primary importance.‘So mission accomplished. It was very competitive, as Motherwell games always are. Lot of balls in the air and second balls were vital.”Edinburgh rivals, Hibs ended a run of seven games without victory in the Premiership with an Oli Shaw volley enough to earn them a narrow 1-0 victory at Hamilton.Ryan Hardie marked his first start since April with a goal as Livingston fought back to beat St Mirren 3-1 at the Tony Macaroni Arena. Gary Holt’s men, who fell behind to a Alfie Jones header for the Buddies after 36 minutes before Scott Pittman levelled after the break. On loan Rangers striker Hardie’s close range strike put Livi 2-1 up and Craig Sibbald tapped in for his first goal for the club to seal victory with two minutes left. Livingston are back in the top six following the victory. Celtic Read more Eamonn Brophy reduced the deficit with a penalty in the 52nd minute, but Forrest grabbed his second to register Brendan Rodgers’s first win over Clarke in five attempts in Scottish football .As well as taking Celtic two points clear of Kilmarnock at the top with two games in hand – Rangers can go back top with a high-scoring win at Dundee on Sunday – the result and performance was a boost for do-or-die Europa League clash against Salzburg on Thursday.The visitors were handed a lesson in the first 45 minutes and they were still working their way into the game when Emilio Izaguirre’s cross from the left touchline was swept in on the half-volley by Forrest from 12 yards out.The home side looked in the mood and minutes later the Kilmarnock keeper, Daniel Bachmann, moved smartly to prevent a second when Scott Boyd miscued a clearance before he blocked a close-range shot from Tom Rogic after he had been cleverly played in by Christie.Kilmarnock, however, were caught out again in the 25th minute when another incisive Celtic attack through middle saw Rogic play in Édouard and the striker confidently knocked the ball past Bachmann from 14 yards.Celtic went looking for more goals and in the 36th minute the third arrived when Callum McGregor’s free-kick from the left was volleyed in by Lustig from eight yards out.Killie were being made to suffer. Christie curled in the fourth goal with a 25-yard free-kick just before the break and the home side were given a deserved standing ovation going up the tunnel.Seven minutes after the break the Celtic defender Filip Benkovic was judged by the referee, Nick Walsh, to have fouled McKenzie inside the box and Brophy slammed the penalty past Craig Gordon, who got a hand to the ball but could not keep it out.Forrest then made his mark again. The in-form winger was unfortunate when his side-footed shot rebounded off the post but in the 67th minute he slammed in his second from an angle when the ball broke loose after Bachmann had thwarted Christie. match reports Kilmarnock Jadon Sancho settles derby with Schalke as Dortmund move nine points clear Topics Celtic leapfrogged Kilmarnock to the top of the Scottish Premiership with a stunning over the Ayrshire side. Steve Clarke’s side travelled to Glasgow with a one-point lead over Rangers and their Old Firm rivals but their title credentials were quickly tested in the fifth minute when James Forrest swept the home side into the lead with a well-taken drive.Further goals before the break from striker Odsonne Édouard, captain Mikael Lustig and Ryan Christie provided a reality check for the visitors. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Lionel Messi scores two free-kicks as Barcelona hammer Espanyol in derby Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Read more Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp The Observer Scottish Premiershiplast_img read more