Celtic went eight points clear in the title race after Brendan Rodgers once again made game winning changes at Rugby Park.
With Celtic struggling to break down the Killie defence, Rodgers sent for his three new attackers to change Celtic’s fortunes.
Oliver Burke, Timothy Weah and Vakoun Bayo entered the fray and all made at least one game winning contribution.
The game winning changes from the manager began to bear fruit in the last minute of the game.
Scott Brown fired a ball forward to Weah, and the American showed every inch of his class in the following sequence.
His first touch was immaculate, and his pass into Bayo saw the Ivorian flick the ball towards goal. The ball deflected for a corner, and Celtic’s winner followed.
Although it was Brown who scored the goal from a Boyata knock down, it was the two subs who provided the spark in the passage before the goal.
Burke’s moment was to come later, and it was every bit as important for Celtic as Brown’s deflected winner.
With Celtic on the backfoot immediately after the goal, they needed an outlet.
Burke provided the outlet, by picking the ball up just outside Celtic’s box. The Scottish international beat three men as he surged past with pace and power.
He showed all the signs of his ever-fastening maturity under Rodgers. He looked up and slipped in Weah. The American’s goal-bound shot was deflected onto the post by the goalkeeper.
Although Celtic didn’t receive the corner they were due, they ate up vital seconds off the clock as they stormed to an eight point lead in the league.
In Brendan we trust
There were certainly signs of frustration at Rugby Park as it looked like Celtic would miss the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table.
A dogged defensive Kilmarnock looked set to gain an invaluable point, even after going down to 10 men.
But Rodgers has been here before. He made the changes and they came up trumps for him.
However, this time around, Celtic have the most potent options for him to choose from off the bench.