It’s that time of the year again. The Scottish football season is about to begin for real. None of this ‘Betfred Cup’ rubbish, the real action starts today.
This year, we start our title challenge at Rugby Park against the Saints from Perth. Our opening day stats don’t make pretty reading, having not won our first fixture since 2009. The Perth side meanwhile, have won their last two openers and are sure to be feeling good about this one.
In terms of head to heads between the teams, Killie do have better form in recent years, winning three of their last four against the Saints, keeping a clean sheet in each. The last game between the two was a 2-0 Killie victory at McDiarmid, thanks in part to a stunning goal from Rory McKenzie.
The away side will be hoping to build on another impressive campaign last season, finishing fourth in the end and gaining a Europa League spot. They have recruited well during the summer, the highlight being former player Michael O’Halloran coming back on loan from Rangers.
On the other hand, they suffered the disappointment of an early exit from the Europa League a few weeks ago, so may be in a negative frame of mind going in to this one.
We could have had harder games to start with, we could have had easier games to start with, but this is the game we have been given, so we need to make the most of it and get three points on the board.