Kilmarnock manager Angelo Alessio’s reaction to the Celtic defeat showed a manager pleased with his side’s performance.
The Italian has clearly turned things around after a ropey start to life in Ayrshire. Kilmarnock’s recent revival, however, hit a roadblock as they lost 3-1 at Parkhead. The win was fully-deserved for a dominant Celtic team on the day.
Alessio’s side gave us a real scare, however. Eamonn Brophy fired them into the lead in the first half, and it took until moments before half-time for Celtic to respond through Odsonne Edouard.
French Eddy and Ryan Christie ensured we took the points in the second-half. But as he spoke to Killie TV post-match, Alessio was clearly pleased overall.
“We knew this was going to be a tough game, and I thought we played the right way.
“I can finally talk about Brophy, though! He’s a good player and it’s important to everyone that he scores. He works so hard for the team, and I hope he continues in this way.
“The shape was good, and I was happy with our discipline against Celtic. They’re a very good team, and it’s always going to be difficult against good players like Edouard. Today was tough, but we remain positive. This game is done now, and we have a massive match on Wednesday.”
A club rediscovering their mojo once again
It’s difficult to say whether Kilmarnock will ever achieve the wonders of the Steve Clarke era once again. Third-place finishes will always be extremely optimistic for a club of their calibre.
But there’s no denying that Alessio has managed to weather the early storm. His loss to the Nomads was tough for him to take. It put a real dent in everyone’s belief regarding what Killie could be this season.
Yet, at Celtic Park they managed to cope with the occasion really well.
Finally, they appear to have their confidence on the ball back once again. One of the notable aspects of yesterday was how many successful combinations came off for the Ayrshire side. They’re clearly adjusting well under Alessio, and things are on the up.
The Italian was quick to acknowledge the quality Celtic had yesterday. It was that level of player in Odsonne Edouard that proved to be the difference-maker. Against a slightly lesser standard, Killie could’ve taken something yesterday.
But Kilmarnock are on the up, and their new signings look like they could be stars in the Premiership given time. Thankfully, however, their revival didn’t come at our expense.