If you were to canvass the views of the Celtic support on their favourite top-flight manager, other than Neil Lennon, chances are that Alex Dyer would be pretty high up the list.
Not only did the Englishman mastermind Kilmarnock’s tremendous victory over Rangers that handed us a ten point Premiership lead last week, but he’s also made some lovely comments in the press.
Just last month, we told you about how the Killie boss had ignored usual managerial etiquette and declared us as “the biggest club in the country.”
Now, he’s thrown in a nice comment about our very own Jeremie Frimpong, while defending the actions of his own player.
Frimpong hasn’t kicked a ball for us since being stretchered off late at Rugby Park last month.
The tackle that crocked him, from Alan Power, has been widely spoken about.
And while Dyer stood up for his own player, he also paid attention to the flying Dutchman.
“Alan’s an honest player and he wouldn’t go out and try to hurt someone,” Dyer told the Daily Record.
“I’m glad the lad’s okay because he’s a very good player.
“Football’s changed. The challenges you could make five to 10 years ago you can’t make now.
“Like I said the tackle on the night he got the ball.
“But I’m glad Frimpong is okay and I wish him all the best for the future.”
Dyer takes his side to Celtic Park this weekend
You may disagree with Dyer’s viewing of the incident. However, you’ve also got to appreciate that he is entitled to his opinion.
The fact he praised Frimpong twice in that short comment shows that he appreciates good footballers and genuinely wants him to do well in the coming years.
But Dyer may hope that the full-back, and his fellow Hoops team-mates, are off their game this Sunday when he takes his side to Celtic Park.
We’ve won our two previous meetings against the Ayrshire side 3-1 this season. But both have proved to be pretty tricky encounters where we’ve had to show our class to get the win.
Sunday looks like it will be no different. Especially with the Rugby Park side hitting their stride in recent weeks.