It appears that yesterday’s 2-0 win for Celtic over Kilmarnock has left many of a Killie persuasion absolutely fuming with manager Alex Dyer.
Going into the game, it seemed as though all of the pressure was on Neil Lennon. Sure, he may have managed a fine win against Lille on Thursday night, but so much damage had been done to our form domestically.
Defeat to Kilmarnock and that surely would’ve been the end for Lennon. There was almost certainly no coming back from that, and even would’ve known it given it would’ve had us 16 points behind Rangers with only two games in-hand.
But all of that was overshadowing just how poor a season Kilmarnock are having. Dyer’s Killie went into yesterday’s match having only won two of their last seven league games and knocked out of the Betfred Cup,. Defeats to the likes of Motherwell, Aberdeen, Hibernian, Rangers, St Johnstone, and Hamilton were clearly difficult for Killie fans to dismiss.
Their form didn’t pick up yesterday either. They ended up being Celtic’s first clean sheet in 10 games as they failed to trouble Chris Jullien, Kris Ajer, or Shane Duffy at the back.
Nope, instead Kilmarnock could only watch on as Celtic put in a powerful second-half showing to win the game comfortably. Dyer’s side ended the game with only 36% possession and two shots to Celtic’s 26 (BBC). They also ended the day in eighth place.
Indeed, young shot-stopper Conor Hazard only had one reaction stop to make from a corner-kick as Kilmarnock struggled to even get a kick of the ball in the second 45.
A defeat for Celtic and it may very well have been the final straw for supporters regarding Lennon. However, it appears that it was the same for Dyer, with Killie fans left furious after being overturned so easily by the Hoops.
Here’s a look at some of the reaction from the other side to yesterday’s result:
We had shot 1 shot on target. Not good enough Alex Dyer. We had every opportunity to go for it today considering Celtics recent form, but you chose to go with 1 upfront. Not good enough! Mr Bowie, I’m afraid something has to change, and quickly or we’re in for a relegation scrap
— Neil Bilham (@NeilBilham1) December 13, 2020
So in a game at ibrox n a game at Celtic Park under dyer we’ve conceded 52 shots n had 2?
That’s never acceptable.
— Jason 💙🏴 (@Jasonnclark) December 13, 2020
I like Alex Dyer, I want him to succeed. But he just isn't cutting it.
Need to make the change now. Performances are getting worse and worse.
His record speaks for itself. I never felt he should have been appointed in the first place.
— GingerAndy🏴 (@GingerAndy96) December 13, 2020
— Graham Hopkins (@Hops1970) December 13, 2020
I've no faith in Dyer to get us out of this freefall. Continues to play under performers and is tactically suspect. Far too slow to react when we go behind which is most weeks now.
— David Steele (@KillieDS) December 13, 2020
Its embarrassing how we feel its acceptable to go anywhere and get beat. Gave far too much respect to a struggling team and Dyer proving again he has no plan B. Anyone thinking we aren’t in a bit of trouble this year is delusional.
— Kenny Hoggan (@KennyHoggan) December 13, 2020
You got Tommy wright’s number?????
— Baz🏴🇪🇺 (@zeblade) December 13, 2020
Time to go Alex – do the decent thing – the task is just too big for you sir!!!!
YOU let us down Dyer!! 4-5-1 doesn’t work !!
— Killie Match Worn Collector (Buyer) (@KillieWorn) December 13, 2020
sorry Alex but think it’s the other way round. Playing a team that’s leaked a barrel load of goals recently and you leave our best chance of a goal on the bench for 70mins? The players seem to have no belief and the tactics yesterday were woeful, we deserved nowt from the game.
— Alastair Savage (@Scotsfiddler) December 14, 2020