Ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Celtic Park, Alex Dyer is not expecting an easy time of it.
The Kilmarnock manager, whose club have recently punished for breaching Covid protocol (Sky Sports) has seen his team lose 3 of their last 4 league matches.
The former Scotland assistant has also watched two of his players being sent off over as many fixtures.
Celtic have been in dreadful form domestically, but a 3-2 win over Lille on Thursday was surely a confidence booster for the Bhoys. That European win, while materially meaningless, showed the strength of Neil Lennon’s squad.
Belief, but no complacency
Speaking to BT Sport, Dyer was in bullish mood as ever, talking up his team’s self-belief. Dyer said:
“We always think we can go to places and get something, that’s just our mindset”
“But we would be foolish if we are thinking we are going to go there like the two other teams and pick up a result and it’s going to be easy. I don’t think so.
“They are going through a little bit of a dodgy time, they are maybe a little bit low in confidence, but they have just had a good win and we know it’s going to be a tough game.”
The Kilmarnock manager was also keen to stress Celtic’s dominance over the last 9 years. He described the Bhoys’ current run as a “blip”:
“I have had the privilege to work with some of those players in the national set-up and I know what their characters are about.
“We know we have to be at our best to go there and get anything. That’s what we want to do.
“Since I have been up here, Celtic have dominated. This is the first bad patch I think they have had, so-called bad patch. It’s just a little blip.
“Anyone who goes there thinking they are playing a weakened Celtic side is very foolish.”
Two teams with much to prove
Alex Dyer has done a considerable job, bearing in mind the brittle confidence of his side after the reign of Angelo Alessio (BBC).
Much like when Steve Clarke was Killie boss, Dyer’s side are hard to beat, quick on the counter, and unafraid of opponents. Celtic could have far easier opponents tomorrow.
That said, Kilmarnock will be missing Clévid Dikamona through suspension, while Chris Burke and Gary Dicker are serious doubts for the trip to Celtic Park.
Much has been made of Celtic’s recent form, but Kilmarnock could use a win, too. Dyer’s men are in the bottom half of the table. They’ve lost their last two games, while the Bhoys have only lost one match in total so far this season.