Captain Scott Brown was shown a second yellow card for celebrating after his 90th-minute winner at Kilmarnock moved eight points clear in the Scottish Premiership.

Brown’s shot struck Alex Bruce and spun past Dan Bachmann to earn the leaders a first win in three games in Ayrshire.

Kirk Broadfoot had earlier been sent off for a high challenge on Brown.

The win maintains ’s record of winning all of their eight domestic games in 2019 without conceding.

And with Rangers and Aberdeen failing to win on Saturday, it means ’ side have responded to their humbling against Valencia by extending their lead in the Premiership.

Kilmarnock, who had a Conor McAleny effort disallowed for , stay fourth and sit two points behind Aberdeen.

Familiar feeling

It had been an assured start to the new year for . Seven wins, 21 goals scored, none conceded. Then it was derailed with Thursday’s 2-0 reverse against Valencia.

Early on in Ayrshire it did not look like they were suffering any hangover. They began in their usual confident manner, but after two early attempts from Odsonne Eduard failed to find the net, Kilmarnock began to grab a foothold in the game.

It was an all too familiar feeling for . They had lost on their last two trips to Park, and they spent the last few minutes of the first half on the ropes. Jordan Jones skipped by his man and floated in a dangerous ball, then McAleny also bustled his way through the backline before a last-ditch challenge stopped him as he was about to shoot.

With Kieran Tierney and Emilio Izaguirre missing, Jonny Hayes slotted in at left-back for . The Irishman has had a troubled time at , and Kilmarnock began to pinpoint him as a weakness. But when went forward Hayes was at the centre of much of their work as play raged from end to end.

The game had a cup-tie feel about it. A point would not have been the worst for either side – comfortable at the top, Kilmarnock in the mix for a spot. But both continued to pour forward at every opportunity.

McAleny found the net for Kilmarnock with a lovely turn and shot, but referee Bobby Madden rightly ruled it out for .

But were beginning to have the better of it when Kilmarnock found themselves a man down. Broadfoot’s foot was high when he lunged at captain Brown, catching him on the ankle. The referee showed him a straight red card, and suddenly the hosts’ task had grown.

headed just wide as pressed for a winner, but Kilmarnock looked like they had survived before Brown steamed on to a Dedryck Boyata header to skid past Bachman with the aid of Bruce’s unfortunate intervention.

The captain, already on a yellow card for an earlier challenge on , was then ordered off after rushing to the crowd during wild celebrations.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 26Bachmann
  • 2O’Donnell
  • 5BroadfootBooked at 75mins
  • 16Boyd
  • 3Taylor
  • 29BurkeSubstituted forMcKenzieat 84′minutes
  • 8Dicker
  • 6Power
  • 11Jones
  • 15McAlenySubstituted forMillarat 82′minutes
  • 25BrophySubstituted forBruceat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1MacDonald
  • 4Bruce
  • 7McKenzie
  • 9Boyd
  • 18Waters
  • 19Millar
  • 27Tshibola

  • 29Bain
  • 2Toljan
  • 20Boyata
  • 35Ajer
  • 15Hayes
  • 42McGregor
  • 8BrownBooked at 90mins
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forWeahat 77′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 17ChristieSubstituted forBayoat 89′minutes
  • 11Sinclair
  • 22EdouardSubstituted forBurkeat 69′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gordon
  • 6Bitton
  • 10Bayo
  • 23Lustig
  • 25Burke
  • 30Weah
  • 48Okoflex
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
11,916

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway Team
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 0, 1.

Booking

Timothy Weah () is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 0, 1.

Timothy Weah () hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box following a fast break.

Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Timothy Weah ().

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Scott Brown () for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 0, 1. Scott Brown () right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dedryck Boyata following a corner.

Corner, . Conceded by Alex Bruce.

Attempt blocked. Vakoun Issouf Bayo () right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Attempt saved. Dedryck Boyata () header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Rory McKenzie replaces Chris Burke.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Liam Millar replaces Conor McAleny.

Attempt missed. () header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Conor McAleny (Kilmarnock).

Scott Sinclair () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Alex Bruce replaces Eamonn Brophy.

Dismissal

Kirk Broadfoot (Kilmarnock) is shown the red card.

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Kilmarnock).

Scott Brown () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Jonny Hayes.

Attempt missed. () left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

Foul by Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock).

Substitution

Substitution, . Oliver Burke replaces Odsonne Edouard.

Foul by Conor McAleny (Kilmarnock).

Jeremy Toljan () wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Kilmarnock).

Odsonne Edouard () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Conor McAleny (Kilmarnock).

Attempt blocked. Odsonne Edouard () right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, . Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

Attempt missed. Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Chris Burke (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Conor McAleny (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kristoffer Ajer ().

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Daniel Bachmann (Kilmarnock) because of an injury.

goal

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