The prospect tomorrow is to move 12 points ahead with only 12 points available to others. Win, and 8-in-a-row could be real by 17:00 on Sunday, after our two nearest rivals face each other.
While the championship is all but decided, Killie have everything to play for with four games remaining. A win would see them go fourth, for a day at least, and into a Europa League. Whereas a defeat could see Hibs close the gap below them to just two points. Whatever occupies the minds of Celtic players, Kilmarnock will be there battling for a win.
Kilmarnock have mastered the art of defending in recent weeks, conceding only twice in seven games, most recently as the haemorrhaged players to a flurry of red cards against Aberdeen. Steve Clarke will have watched how lesser teams have tightened up against us, successfully inhabiting our goals for column.
Kilmarnock’s two central defenders against Aberdeen, Broadfoot and Findlay, were sent off and are suspended tomorrow. While this will provide encouragement to Celtic, it will convince Clarke to pack his defence ever-tighter.
There’s another thing. We do not often draw 0-0 twice in consecutive league games, but after Livingston and Hibs kept us at bay, this is where we find ourselves. It has been 95 years since we drew three consecutive league games 0-0. Let’s just put the ball in the net and avoid disturbing the record books tomorrow.