This week, it’s the turn of Aberdeen to visit the ‘fortress’ that is Rugby Park. The Reds will be buoyed by their last minute win against Glasgow’s newest team last weekend and will be looking to ride this momentum as far as they can. Killie meanwhile, will have to bounce back from that 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Celtic. Plus, with fresh protests against Michael Johnston scheduled for during and after the game, it’s set up to be a fiery afternoon indeed.
In order to get something out of the game today, I believe that we must take inspiration from Celtic’s inspired performance against Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Some say that attack is the best form of defence, and in our case I would say that this is completely true. Lee Clark highlighted during the week that if we were to shore up at the back then we would be a threat to play against, and I completely agree with this. With a spearheaded attack of Boyd, Coulibaly and a newly fit Greg Kiltie, we should be a potent force for any defence to play against. So for the visit of Aberdeen, we should be as attacking as possible from the very start, and not give the Dons any time to settle on the ball.
One area that we need to work on if we are to get anything against teams such as Aberdeen is in the middle of the park. Too often this season, the central midfield pairing have found themselves being bypassed completely, mostly due to a lack of communication and being spread too far apart. And space is one thing you cannot afford to give to the Dons, as their flair players of McLean, Maddison and Hayes will punish you. So communication across the middle of the park is crucial if we are to try and limit the time and space that the Aberdeen players have on the ball.
Our defending and how much effort our defenders are prepared to put in will also have a masssive impact on the outcome of the game. Our defence cannot allow their forward players any time on the ball in and around the box, as they are lethal in those positions. Kenny McLean and James Maddison have a track record of being able to hit worldies from any distance, and they will try a shot from distance at every opportunity. With all this said, here is how I would line up the Killie team today…
HENDRIE BURN BOYD TAYLOR
MCKENZIE KILTIE COULIBALY
By Adam Lyon