in #KillieStories September 23, 2018
Steve Clarke hailed match-winner Stuart Findlay for playing through the pain barrier to help Killie to an incredible comeback victory over Celtic.
The defender rose to meet Chris Burke's corner and guide it into the net to seal a 2-1 victory over the reigning champions at Rugby Park.
Having struggled with a knee injury all week, the 23-year-old was able to experience the greatest moment of his senior career so far.
Clarke said: "It was a good win. I think Burkey was desperate for someone to go and take a short one so that we would see out the game. It was nice that nobody went, a good delivery and I’m really pleased for Stuart Findlay.
"He didn’t train all week, he put his body on the line for the team and he was struggling with it at half time. He dug in second half and those are the kind of rewards that sometimes the footballing Gods will give you.
"He got a bang on the knee last week and it was sore through the week. He got another bang first half but we’ve got good character in the squad and he’s a good character. He wanted to stay on and like I said sometimes the footballing Gods look after you."
Leigh Griffiths opened the scoring for Brendan Rodgers' men after defensive slips from Killie before Chris Burke drove home an equaliser.
Findlay's winner sparked wild scenes of celebration in the home end as we extended our run of unbeaten games against the champions to four.
He said: "We were competitive and we were a little bit disappointed to be down at half time because I don’t think we deserved to be. We started the game really well, we fell out of it a little bit but we had decent control of the game."Two mistakes from the ball into the box cost us the goal and we reacted well. I spoke to them at half time about believing because we’ve shown we can compete with the big teams and second half we competed very well and deservedly got back into the game.
"Once we got back to 1-1 I felt the least we would get out of the game was a point."