Kilmarnock confirm managerial arrangements for Celtic match

By David Walton

February 1, 2021

Kilmarnock have moved to confirm their managerial arrangements for tomorrow night’s game against Celtic at Rugby Park.

The Ayrshire side took the ruthless but necessary decision to sack Alex Dyer after Saturday’s 3-2 home loss to St Johnstone.

As expected, Killie haven’t managed to secure a permanent boss before the visit of Neil Lennon’s side. However, they’ve managed to toss an interesting team together to try and outfox the Celtic boss.

Killie’s head of football operations James Fowler will step in to be co-caretaker. He’ll be joined by assistant boss Andy Millen. Killie have also taken the interesting route of bringing Gary Dicker into the coaching set-up too. He’ll take up a player/coach role as the club searches for it’s new manager.

Fowler has confirmed this won’t be a full-time arrangement as Kilmarnock look to step up their pursuit of a new boss. As quoted by the BBC, Fowler said: “The board asked myself and Gary to take the team for Tuesday. I came in to do a role and stepped away from that and this is the first time in a while I’ve had the coaching gear on, so it’s something that I can hopefully help appoint the right person for the next step.

“Andy and Gary have taken training this morning and we’ve picked a team that we think can win the game tomorrow.

“It’s a team effort, Andy’s an experienced coach, Gary’s got a love for the club, he’s our captain and he’s also got a passion for beginning his coaching journey and I’ve obviously done roles within the manager and assistant manager roles as well, so it’s all hands to the pump at the minute and making sure we get a reaction from the players.”

Kilmarnock making necessary arrangements; maybe Celtic can learn something

So there you have it. As easy as that. Kilmarnock have wiped the slate clean and provided the club with a fresh start. And at a time when their season is still retrievable as they hover above the relegation zone.

Expect them to come into tomorrow night’s game full of a renewed energy and sense of purpose. Knowing that a new manager is coming in the door will do that to you. Just like it could’ve done for so many Celtic players whose form continues to decline on a rapid basis.

Yesterday I predicted that Neil Lennon wouldn’t be in the job by the time Celtic pitch up in Ayrshire. Since then, he’s been allowed to carry out a press conference whilst pushing ahead with transfer targets.

Neil Lennon watches on as St Mirren win 2-1 at Celtic Park (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

I’ll hold my hands up on that one. I stupidly believed that the board may have finally come to see sense with their new year review. Yet still there is no publishing of the findings from that promise, and Lennon remains in the job as if everything is still going swell.

None of us know where the line is now. What level of mediocrity has to be reached before the board pulls the trigger. At this point, it feels like nothing would see Lennon sacked. Not even a 3-0 defeat at Killie tomorrow.

Wait and see the difference in both sides’ energy tomorrow night. It’s likely to be stark. And if Kilmarnock pick up a positive result, it can be traced back to their decision to sack Dyer. And Celtic will once again be made to look foolish for keeping Neil in the job.

In other news, we discuss why Celtic only have themselves to blame for failing to capture Ben Davies.