Gary Dicker: has his sights set firmly on winning at Celtic today
His first game there two years ago provided something of a lesson in the harsh realities of Scotland’s normal pecking order with Celtic winning 6-1 but Kilmarnock have been transformed in the 14 months since Steve Clarke, also a lifelong Celtic supporter, took charge and their recent record is hugely encouraging with two home wins and two away draws in the last four meetings between the two clubs.
“The gaffer has completely changed the mentality of the players going into these games,” he says. “It used to be that if you came away from a game against one of the Old Firm without being beaten 3-0, you were sort of happy enough but that’s gone now and I think during his time here we’ve picked up twice as many points as any other side in our games against the two of them. It’ll be a great atmosphere there, it always is, but we won’t fear them. We’ll be going out to win the game.”
They’ll be going there without another Irishman, Jack Byrne, whose return home was confirmed yesterday when he signed for Shamrock Rovers.
“Hopefully it will be really good for him, he’ll get to enjoy his football and it will give him the basis to get back over here again; he’s still only a young lad and he’s got unbelievable ability. ■