in #KillieStories May 11, 2018
Steve Clarke wants to finish the season with a victory to send the Kilmarnock fans home happy for the summer.
Killie end a remarkable campaign against Hearts at Rugby Park, aiming to secure a victory which would see them beat their record points total (57) during the three points for a win era.
Killie's revival has seen the team earn a top six place for the first time since 2010/11 with fifth spot already secured this term.
Now he wants the supporters to enjoy the last game of the campaign, saying: "When I came in originally, I thought we'd be involved in a relegation fight at this point, so to be where were are, to be competitive with all the teams in the top six has been great.
"But the players deserve all the plaudits. Maybe I'm the one who sits up here getting all the praise because I spend more time in front of the media.
"But the players deserve the credit as they have been fantastic. Hopefully on Sunday we can give the Kilmarnock fans a good finish to the season."
The Killie boss shrugged off comments from Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, who commented on our tactical approach during our 0-0 draw on Wednesday.
Rodgers said: "Kilmarnock have been a tough opponent for us this season. But it wouldn’t matter if you put 11 firemen that deep on a pitch."
Clarke replied: "If you look at the majority of what Brendan said, it was correct and proper – but that (firefighter) line wasn't really befitting of a Celtic manager."It wasn't so much disrespectful, it was just a silly line to use in what was quite an honest post-match analysis of the game.
"We don't have to go there and play the way Celtic want us to.
"We went there to play the way that is best for us to get a result. It's my job as a manager to set my players up in a way that gives us the best chance of getting a positive result and that's what we did."If you are the team with 73 per cent of the possession then it's what you do with it that counts and on the night Celtic didn't do enough. They only had one shot on target, which for that amount of possession I'd think would be disappointing for Brendan and his team.
"If he wants to insinuate that Celtic could not have broken down 11 amateur players, which is what he was insinuating, then I think he underestimates his own abilities as a coach and the ability of his players because I'm pretty sure Celtic would beat 11 firemen."I didn't see Brendan after the game, we didn't have the usual post-match chat so I don't know if he was frustrated or not after the results we've had against them this year. I don't think he should be too frustrated seeing as they have two trophies in the bag already and the chance to make it three next week."