Could Kilmarnock really ‘do a Leicester’?
On Wednesday night, Kilmarnock beat Livingstone 2-0 at Rugby Park and went top of the Scottish Premiership.
You heard me right – top. It's been a remarkable year for the East Ayrshire Club. Just 416 days ago, Killie were rock-bottom of the SPL and facing relegation.
Steve Clarke has done a remarkable job since he was appointed in October 2017. Over the last 38 games, Kilmarnock have collected 75 points – just 3 behind Celtic on 78.
Killie have lost just one in their last 11 – including clean sheets in each of their last four – an incredible run of form which has left some fans dreaming of a fairytale finish.
If that wasn't enough, Gary Lineker has promised to wear Kilmarnock socks on Match of the Day if Steve Clarke's side pip Celtic and Rangers to the title.
And we all know what happened last time Gary made a ridiculous bet on national television…
Here's what their fans have been saying on fan forum Killie Kickback:
Top of the league. It won't last though. In fact we may be off top come Saturday. Our player budget is 14 times smaller than our rivals. But sure, let's enjoy it. I feel the excitement and energy from the fans. We deserve this. The town deserves this. KilleNomad
With Clarke at the helm, there is NO chance we will blow up. There is no bubble to burst here. This has been a stepwise, gradual improvement of a settled group of players. If we do lose 1 or 2 in January we will replace them. No guarantee we will be champions, but Clarke has established a winning formula. TheBigGuy68
If we are being realistic, the big two from Glasgow will probably have the funds to maintain their superiority. But what our team lacks in financial heft, it more than makes up for with terrific work ethic and togetherness. Bbk
The truth is, this form is not even new. It has been sustained for 14 months. In that time we've garnered as many points as any other team in the league. If the league season had been October to October, we'd be champions. McDicken's Left Peg
If we can keep the likes of O'Donnell, Jones, Stewart, Brophy etc. in the January window, and keep the team clear from too many injuries (and maybe even add one or two to replace Byrne, Bright and Ndjoli), then there is absolutely no reason whatsoever why we cannot compete for the title. Killie Bantam
We really could do a Leicester this season. The whole world is talking about the mighty Ayrshire Killie. Whatever happens let's just have a great time and remember – WE ARE KILLIE. Charlie's Dad
Find out what fans of your club have been saying this week below:
In the last couple of seasons we've dramatically improved against the big sides. It's not that we've particularly changed our approach against them – we still sit in, go man for man, work hard and hope for a counter attack or goal from set piece. The difference is, we're not letting them bully us anymore. Having guys like McKenna, Devlin and Ferguson, who are mentally strong has made a big difference and rubbed off on others. ragnarok (Footy Mad)
We need to go back to McGregor playing the holding role as it was before Brown came back. His passing is so much quicker. Can't afford to be mucking around with pointless triangle passes between Brown and the centre-backs for the majority of the game. Cobbs67 (Celtic Talk)
Hats off to the team collectively – one hell of a result on Wednesday. Kenny Miller is still a special player and clearly has a lot to offer Dundee. Now that the team is playing better and creating more chances, he can hit double figures quite comfortably. WeighorstsWang (The Dark Blues)
All three relegation competitors have now drawn at home with Celtic, while we’ve lost twice to Dundee, 6-0 on aggregate. And they’ve only scored 12 times all season, so half their goals have been against us. Given the choice, I would much rather have conjunctivitis than watch that pish again. Swift Frank (Accies World)
First, Rangers beat us thanks to a blatant off-side which killed the game – now this. The St Johnstone penalty was a travesty. Robbed yet again. Anybody who thinks that Rangers ‘deserved the win' or that St Johnstone were ‘the better team' are missing the point entirely. We've had two refereeing howlers that have cost us BIG TIME. WeeMikey (Jambos Kickback)
Given his record at Hibs, we must back Lennon. I trust him more than I do the players. Admittedly his non-appearance at media duties recently is slightly concerning, I hope that he's just being careful not to ‘lose it’ in front of the press and give them a nice story to write. Hibees1973 (hibs.net)
We all know what Ryan Hardie is capable of, but it's only worth starting him if he is up to speed. We've only really seen glimpses of him post-injury, and I fear he might not be the same player he was. He was quick but never explosive. His strength was more in his timing, and adjusting well to the flight and bounce of the ball. Hope that's not lost. Bertie Bassett (The Livi Room)
Not a great performance on Wednesday but a terrific result, particularly considering we lost 2 defenders within the first 15 minutes. People saying we stole a point, but after the penalty Gillespie didn't really have anything to do. Celtic huffed and puffed but spent most of the game playing across the park. real dosser (Steel Men Online)
When the opposition go physical on us, it's always us who get hammered by the refs, even for the slightest of challenges. Morelos maybe an idiot at times but he is not a dirty player. Yes, we are picking up too many cards, but is it any wonder the players get frustrated when they constantly witness inequality? Blue Avenger (The Bear's Den)
Excellent team performance again midweek. Thought we were good value for the draw. Continue to be impressed with the hard working Liam Craig. Kerr and Shaughnessy were excellent. Tanser gets better with every game, and special mention to Gordon who looked classy when he came on – never has a bad game – what a prospect. SaintJet (We Are Perth)
Think we really need a game plan for this one. We know exactly how Livingstone are going to play, we know where the danger will come from. Question is, how to stop it? I'd play a back 3. Probably Jones & Baird beside Ferdinand – big Anton isn't going to be able to match the likes of Hardie for pace. A big concern is they score a lot from set-pieces, and we are hopeless at defending them. LordPityMe (Black and White Army)
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