Celtic edged Rangers on goal difference at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a 5-0 thrashing of Kilmarnock on Sunday as Moritz Jenz and Giorgos Giakoumakis netted overhead kicks.
Kyogo Furuhashi, Jota and Carl Starfelt were also framed in a dominating display from Ange Postecoglou’s men to maintain their perfect start after three games.
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The Hoops needed two late goals to beat Ross County last weekend but got off to a good start when Furuhashi turned Daizen Maeda’s cross after just seven minutes.
Celtic didn’t let the plastic pitch or baking temperatures slow them down as Jota’s searing strike into the top corner and Jenz’s second goal in as many games for the club killed the game before half-time. time.
“We knew (the pitch) was one of our challenges today, in addition to a hot day trying to play the football we want,” Postecoglou said.
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“The attitude of the boys was top notch.
“It was a good start for us. Last week we scored late and said we want to wear down teams. That doesn’t rule out the fact that we want to start strong and put teams away early.
Kilmarnock boss Derek McInnes had spoken before the game about his determination to make life as difficult as possible for the champions.
But the former Aberdeen boss was disappointed with his side’s defence. Starfelt had two chances from a gaping goal to open his Celtic account in his 50th appearance for the club.
“We’re not ready to face Celtic yet, but we’re better than what we showed today, certainly with our defence,” McInnes said.
Giakoumakis then saved the best for last. The Greek striker twirled acrobatically to shoot through Sam Walker’s legs.