in #KillieStories April 20, 2018
Steve Clarke says there's no reason why Kilmarnock can't end their wait for a victory against Aberdeen this weekend.
Derek McInnes has enjoyed a long unbeaten run against the Rugby Park men in a run stretching over 20 matches.
The Dons squeezed past a determined Killie on penalties in the Scottish Cup quarter finals and were the last team to beat us on league duty.
Asked if there was additional motivation to record a victory against the Reds, Clarke replied: "Not really."
"I wouldn't swap the points total in the last 25 games for a couple of victories against Aberdeen.
"It doesn't matter who you get your points against, it matters that you get your points and we have picked up our points very consistently over the last 25 games.
"In the last two cup games we played against Aberdeen there was nothing between the two teams.
"Aberdeen won the penalty kick competition and went through to the semi-final. We were disappointed to go out but you can't look back, you have to look forward.
"There was nothing between the teams in those games.
"If we get the bounce of the ball, the breaks at the right time tomorrow there is no reason why we can't beat Aberdeen."
Killie are on a run of six successive league victories heading into the post-split fixtures and go into the season's climax as the form team in the country.
Asked if we could yet finish as runners up to Celtic.
"It is seven points over five games with really good teams above us is a difficult ask.
"We concentrate on fifth, we want to secure fifth as quickly as possible and if we can do that it would be a great achievement."
Youssouf Mulumbu and Jordan Jones are doubts with tight hamstrings while Rory McKenzie, Gordon Greer and Steven Smith are all out.