Kilmarnock fans rejoiced in midweek, as their win over Livingston took them top of the SPL.

It was their third win out of four, and fourth consecutive clean sheet in the league. However, their trip to Celtic Park today was always going to be a thorough examination of their title credentials. 

Kilmarnock have been in fantastic form of late (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It was a test they abjectly failed, as they suffered a demolition at the hands of Brendan Rodgers’ side.

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Killie got off to a terrible start, when James Forrest opened the scoring for the hosts in the fifth minute. That action simultaneously signalled the opening of the floodgates.

Much of the good work done by Steve Clarke’s men over the last month, was undone by three further Celtic goals in the first half.

Steve Clarke’s team talk went out the window almost immediately at Celtic Park. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

While Eamonn Brophy got one back from the spot after the interval, the hosts ran away eventual 5-1 winners.

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Killie don’t represent a genuine threat

This afternoon’s result and the manner of the victory, confirms one important thing. Rangers are Celtic’s only viable competition for the league title.

Other teams have assembled decent squads and are capable of going on strong runs, as did Hearts in the opening weeks. However, no one else is on the same level as the Old Firm.

There is little doubt that the title will be staying in Glasgow (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic certainly put a marker down today and it is up to Rangers to follow suit in Dundee. While other sides may threaten on occasion, this is undoubtedly a two-horse race.

The end of the season may be a long way off, but Rangers need to state their intentions, with three points on the road tomorrow.

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