A whole lot of hard work in this season’s title race was done since last we gathered at Celtic Park. Six goals scored, two each by Mooy, Maeda and Kyogo, and two conceded were enough collect four points and maintain our 9-point lead at the top of the table. Even more impressive is that this was achieved with the fog of illness hanging over the squad.
Kilmarnock at home has been a banker for generations of Celtic fans. In 82 home meetings since a loss in 1955, Kilmarnock have gone home with a win only once. That defeat came when Celtic were on a multi-season high, just a few days after a 2-1 defeat in Barcelona and 10 days before winning the return leg by the same margin in the 2012-13 Champions League.
The SFA’s current Head of Refereeing, Crawford Allan, was ref that day, awarded the visitors a penalty and ruled out a Celtic goal. Them’s the breaks, I suppose.
Players are not machines and there will be an inevitable drop in adrenaline since the festive results. I have no doubt the same happened in games around our Champions League matches in 2012, opening the door for an historic Kilmarnock win.
Kilmarnock’s recent form is matched or bettered only by the top three in the table and, interestingly, Dundee United. Derek McInnes has done well to gain promotion and slowly build results in the Premiership. He has been to Celtic Park many times and knows how to win there. There are reasons for us to be concerned.