Kilmarnock manager Angelo Alessio has called Celtic “the best team in Scotland” ahead of the meeting between the two sides this weekend.
The in-form Ayrshire outfit head to Glasgow for the Sunday lunchtime kick-off aiming to become the first domestic side to stop us winning this season.
Killie, themselves, are on a four game unbeaten run and haven’t conceded a goal in over 400 minutes of football.
But Premiership newcomer Alessio still knows it’s going to be a tough ask as he piled the praise on Neil Lennon’s outfit.
“Celtic have won the league eight years in a row,” he told the Daily Record. “It is a big club and they have a big squad of good players and good talent.
“For us, it is a tough game. Celtic at the moment are the best team in Scotland. It’s very early to say if they will win the Premiership but I think at the same time, they stay near the top.
“We are confident but we stay compact because mistakes will cost us the game. We have to work hard on the pitch on Sunday.
“The team has taken a good step. Four games with clean sheets, and two wins in a row, it was important to keep a compactness.”
Alessio will make his side hard to beat at Celtic Park on Sunday
The Italian got off to a rocky start at Rugby Park but has since started to show signs that he knows what he’s doing. The fact his side haven’t conceded since early August, having played the likes of Hibernian and Aberdeen since, shows that they are set up well to frustrate.
Given his comments on Killie staying compact, it is pretty clear that they’re going to set up a similar way on Sunday.
It will then be up to our flair players to try and break them down. Our players are well used to that challenge and face it on a weekly basis so the prospect of Killie ‘parking the bus’ shouldn’t worry Celtic fans too much.
After European games it is all just about getting the three points. If we can do so on Sunday then it will cap off another terrific week.