Mowbray feels heat as Hoops blow chance
Kilmarnock 1 Celtic 0
Published 03/02/2010 | 05:00
THE capture of Robbie Keane may temporarily have eased the pressure on Tony Mowbray, but the beleaguered boss found himself back in the spotlight last night after a terrible collective display.
Rather than signalling a revival of the Glasgow club's fortunes, this trip to Kilmarnock only served to remove the only comfort available to Bhoys followers about the 10 points by which they trailed Rangers beforehand. Namely, that they had a game in hand on their arch rivals. This was the fixture in question -- and they blew it.
In truth, the warning signs were there from the outset with Kilmarnock, two points off the bottom before kick-off, combative in the early exchanges. That said, the clearest first-half opening fell to Keane who raced clear of the home defence in the 38th minute, but shot straight at 'keeper Cameron Bell who duly blocked the rebound.
After the interval, Mowbray's side remained lethargic and could have few complaints when they fell behind nine minutes later when Chris Maguire found the net.
Celtic huffed and puffed thereafter, with Ki Sung Yeung firing inches wide of the post before Keane was presented with another opportunity to make amends with four minutes to go. Once more, Bell stood tall and blocked the ball to safety.