Your Celtic (H) Matchday Guide
Kilmarnock host cinch Premiership title holders Celtic in a live broadcast match at the BBSP Stadium, Rugby Park on Sunday 10th December.
Brendan Rogers’ side return to Ayrshire for the first time since falling to the hosts in August’s League Cup tie. Derek McInnes believes that his team can take inspiration from the home victory earlier in the season, as they aim to build on an impressive midweek performance at Pittodrie.
John Barnes is back on Killie TV commentary duties alongside Tom Callaghan, with the Sky Sports cameras also set to be in attendance.
The ticket window for this cinch Premiership clash has now closed.
Supporters should note that turnstiles NE1/NE2 will not be in operation this weekend. All other turnstiles will open at 10.30am.
Referee: David Munro
Assistant Referees: Graeme Stewart & Sean Carr
Fourth Official: Gavin Duncan
VAR: Greg Aitken
AVAR: Andrew McWilliam
Derek McInnes is tasked with selecting a squad depleted by injuries to central midfielders. David Watson will serve a suspension, while Brad Lyons, Liam Donnelly and Rory McKenzie all suffered knocks midweek. Kyle Magennis is expected to return to training next week.
Comments from the camp
Speaking to press on Wednesday, Derek McInnes said: “You need a big performance and almost everything to go right.
“The reference for us is the last game and how much we did right. We will have a wrestle with Celtic knowing that we can win the game. It’s not just about a good performance, a couple of pats on the back, then up the road: it’s about trying to win the game.”
You can listen to the manager’s full pre-match press conference – HERE.
Ayrshire Cancer Support
Make sure to say hello and dig deep for Ayrshire Cancer Support’s dedicated team of volunteers who will be collecting donations around the ground ahead of kick-off.
Killie’s newest charity partners, the organisation has delivered emotional support and practical help to local people for more than 40 years, with all of their services provided free of charge.
You can read more about the partnership – HERE.
The club will proudly wear the rainbow armband this weekend in support of the Rainbow Laces campaign’s 10th anniversary. Together, we are all Killie.
You can read more about the Rainbow Laces campaign – HERE.
The Killie foodbanks team will be back in position this weekend, with a collection point in operation at the rear of the Moffat Stand. Donations are a vital means of support, helping to place meals on tables during the festive period.
The final edition of the year has hit the shelves in time for the busy festive period. The latest cover star is – Mr Consistent – Lewis Mayo who discusses his life away from the pitch, which has included a recent venture into the kitchen to sharpen his cooking skills.
You can also catch up with Clyde loanee Kian Leslie about a landmark Man of the Match performance in front of the BBC cameras, while on-form Lauryn Reside discusses a transition to the wing which saw her become a regular on the scoresheet for Kilmarnock WFC.
Moffat Stand Fanzone
Turn your trip to Rugby Park into a day out for the full family by dropping into the fanzone ahead of kick-off. Open from 11am, bring the kids along early to try out the inflatable dartboard, Hexagol arena and much more.
Fans in the East and Moffat stands must try our new festive offerings in Kiosks 2 & 3. Keep your eyes peeled for the festive Yorkshire pudding wrap and salt & chilli pigs in blankets.
You can tick replica kits off your Christmas shopping list as the latest delivery of home and away shirts has landed at the Killie Superstore in time for the festive period.
The superstore is open 10am-4pm on matchday.
You can also shop online – HERE.
John Barnes makes his Rugby Park return alongside Tom Callaghan this weekend. The match will be broadcast to international subscribers who can view coverage as part of their package by logging into Killie TV as normal, while UK subscribers can tune-in for live audio.
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