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Welcome to Paradise – Celtic v Killie Match Preview

21 September 2019

After what seems like an eternity the football is back at Paradise on Sunday with Kilmarnock the visitors.


Fresh from a great performance in France against Rennes, where Celtic fans could have been disappointed that we only came away with a 1-1 draw, such was the level of performance shown from the team, Celtic should go into the game on a high.


Killie on the other hand have had a mixed start to the season. Having enjoyed their best season for many years, the call from Scotland was too much for manager Steve Clarke to turn down. Replacing him was Angelo Alessio who had been Antonio Conte’s assistant at Siena, Juventus, Italy and Chelsea. The Italian did not find it an easy start.

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Having suffered a shock defeat at home to Connah’s Quay in the Europa League qualifiers, Killie would then lose at home to Rangers and then away to Hamilton. Things have turned round in recent weeks and they have reached the quarter final of the league cup as well as beating Hibs and St Johnstone.


Alessio has visited Celtic Park in the past with Juventus, when the Turin giants won 3-0. He praised the atmosphere during his press conference on Thursday.


“It was a great atmosphere in the stadium,” Alessio said. “It was a tough game. We played very well in that game and Celtic played very well. They had opportunities to score.”


Celtic will expect plenty of opportunities to score come Sunday.


Leigh Griffiths may be back in the squad after missing out in France due to a dead leg, while Boli Bolingoli is not expected to play after suffering an injury in Rennes. This could lead to a debut for Greg Taylor, the deadline day signing, against his former club.


Celtic should prove too strong for Kilmarnock and a 3-0 win is not out of the question.

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.


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