'Sore' defeat won't define our season, says boss

'Sore' defeat won't define our season, says boss

in #KillieStories December 8, 2018

A disappointed Steve Clarke has vowed that our 5-1 defeat against champions Celtic won't define the club's season heading into the final pre-winter break push.

A double from James Forrest and goals from Mikael Lustig, Ryan Christie and Odsonne Edouard gave the reigning champions a comfortably victory with Eamonn Brophy's penalty proving to be Killie's only reason for cheer.

The manager reflected on the loss, saying: "Celtic were very good – very, very good.

"They started quicker than is and got their noses in front. We then lost our shape a little bit and our discipline too. But Celtic looked more alert right from the off.

"That probably has something to do from the fact that they had seven fresh players and we’re going to the well with the same players.

"It was especially difficult for my back four. I thought our two full-backs looked a little bit jaded and both of them played into the middle of June with the Scotland teams.

"Stuart Findlay also dragged himself off the treatment table without any training this week. He said he would play to try and help the team so we thank him.

"I also asked big Scott Boyd after the game how long ago he played three games in a week and he couldn’t tell me, so that’s how long ago was.

"That made it difficult for us, but take nothing away from Celtic.

"With the make-up of our squad we have to rely on our players and it was unfortunate for us to have this game after two great results for us against Hibs and Livingston."

Killie now host Dundee before away trips to Hamilton and Motherwell before finishing off at home v St Mirren.

The loss in Glasgow rounds off a long week for Killie following victories over Hibernian and Livingston.

He added: "Those are the games we have to win if we’re going to be competitive at the top of the table. It was just unfortunate we had to come here for our third game in a week.

"But we will learn our lessons and make sure next time we come back here we do a little bit better.

"Like I told to the lads afterwards, these games are not season defining for us. Games against Celtic and Rangers away don’t define our season.

"It’s against teams of similar stature to Kilmarnock that’ll decide whether we are competitive in the top half or not. This one is a sore one to take because it’s difficult to lose a game like that but we’ll learn lessons and recover."