With Burns night not far away, Celtic travel to the Bard’s country as we take on Kilmarnock at Rugby Park tonight.
It’s a crucial league game in the race for nine in a row. Neil Lennon changed formation for the cup match against Partick Thistle last weekend, moving to a 4-4-2, although how long he experiments with this is anyone’s guess. As yet Ismail Soro still hasn’t signed on the dotted line and with only Patryk Klimala the one new addition, he will likely start on the bench.
It was clear, to me anyway, that reinforcements were required to freshen the squad up, the fact it took over two weeks to get a signing and only one to be added so far is disappointing. Surely when the title race is close, you would have had some moves in the pipeline for early in the transfer window, give the new players time to gel. Now any new additions are likely to take time to get up to speed with their teammates.
Killie are sitting seventh in the table with a record of W6, D5, L10. In the league they are on a five game run of losses. They started this year with a 6-0 thumping of Queen’s Park in the cup on Saturday. They haven’t won in the league since November 23rd. Kilmarnock added a new striker of their own when they signed Nicke Kabamba on Friday and he promptly came off the bench to score against The Spiders.
With their record so far, you would expect Celtic to win comfortably at Rugby Park, hopefully that is the way tonight plays out.
Mick Kane hails from Glasgow. He has been hooked on Celtic since he went to his first game when he was 7. Celtic beat Hamilton 8-3 at Celtic Park on the 3rd of January 1987. His favourite player at the time, Brian McClair scored four goals.
He started going regular as a 16 year old when Celtic played at Hampden for the season, being a Southsider it meant a short train journey to get to Hampden. From then he has had a season ticket travelled around Europe for games as Celtic became the dominant force in Scottish football again. A nice change from growing up during Rangers run to 9 in a row.