The mission is simple – go to Parkhead; destroy the dreams of 60,000 glory hunters who won’t be content until they’ve beaten every single team (4 times), and then famously burst the football coupon of every pundit in Britain (apart from a few mad Killie gamblers, of course).
But just who could accomplish such an impossible mission? Well, only eleven of the finest athletes available to mankind could ever think of taking on such a task… and if they’re not available then it will just have to be the sorry bunch that I’ve chosen below!
Seriously though, what an opportunity for Killie to inflict the first defeat on this year’s champions. I’ve gone with a 4-5-1 formation to achieve this feat. Hopefully, the following team will go down in history!
GOALKEEPERFreddie Woodman -
He will most probably be the busiest player over the 90 minutes, but he could also be the biggest hero. If Woody is on his game then we may well have a chance.
Luke Hendrie - A no-brainer! ‘Mr Consistency’ is a stick-on but he will have to be at his best to cope with Tierney’s driving runs down the left wing.
Scott Boyd - Scott has done really well since arriving from Ross County and his aerial presence may reap rewards from a set-piece. He didn’t play against Rangers so will be fresh for this one.
Iain Wilson - I thought about bringing Osbourne back in to replace Ajer (who is ineligible to play against his parent club) but decided on Wilson who has been a great utility player for us. The occasion won’t faze this young man and he could be the player to frustrate the Celtic strike force.
Greg Taylor - No surprises here as young Taylor has been a revelation recently. He will need to match the runs of Forrest carefully though.
Gary Dicker - I thought about switching the Captain to centre half but felt that he would be better placed in front of Boyd and Wilson where he can organise things around him. Dicker will cover the right side of the defensive midfield partnership and his level-headedness and organisation will be key to keeping Scott Brown and co out.
Martin Smith - I’ve brought Smith in from the cold to partner Dicker. He will need to watch the runs made by Forrest and Roberts and work closely with Dicker to frustrate his opponents. Martin always gives 100% and this could be a good chance for him.
Jordan Jones - The man with the perfect first touch, and a shot that wouldn’t wake a sleeping baby. Jordan has come on to his game recently and just needs a goal. Could this be his time to shine? His manager will also want him to defend when he hasn’t got the ball and stop Celtic rampaging down the wing – this could be key to keeping the game tight.
Callum Roberts - I’m a big Newcastle fan and many Toon fans have been raving about this guy for ages. It’s just not happened for him so far but I’m going to throw him in instead of his fellow Geordie, Longstaff. If he can regain some confidence then he is more than capable of running in behind Tierney and bagging a goal. However, he also needs to defend better when he doesn’t have the ball.
Greg Kiltie - Kiltie is the man to open up any team with his driving runs. This could be his opportunity to show Killie fans what they’ve been missing for the last seven months, playing in behind the sole striker.
Connor Sammon - I’m one of Kris Boyd’s biggest fans but feel this game is not for him. He needs a rest and busting a gut on his own up front won’t do him any favours. So, I’ve chosen The Fish up front to make runs in behind their defence and hope that Kiltie plays him in. Fish fingers crossed!