Steve Clarke: The month isn't over for Killie just yet

Steve Clarke: The month isn't over for Killie just yet

in #KillieStories December 26, 2017

Steve Clarke wants Killie fans to enjoy the moment but has told his team there is still work to do to complete a memorable December.

Killie head to Hamilton on Wednesday before ending 2017 with a trip to Easter Road to take on Hibernian with a record of four wins and a draw from five festive fixtures.

The Killie boss was pleased his team delivered an early Christmas present for supporters with the 2-1 triumph over Rangers at Rugby Park but his focus has now fully turned to the test at the SuperSeal Stadium.

He said: "For the supporters it is to enjoy the moment, I think it has been a while since they’ve had such an enjoyable month but for us the month is not finished.

"We’ve still got two very difficult away games. We focus first on Hamilton, which I think will be a real test for us having played in front of a big crowd at Rugby Park. 

"We’ll go away to Hamilton’s stadium and there won’t be such a big crowd there and it is a similar surface to our own. They are a better team than their results suggest and they are a team who are dangerous because when they need a result, they usually get it."

Killie hold a five-point advantage over Accies heading into the match with Clarke spending part of Christmas Day scouting our next opponents.

And he believes Martin Canning's men are better than recent scorelines suggest.

He added: "I’ve been watching them on video the last couple of days, even on Christmas Day I had the laptop out and sat and watched the full game against Partick Thistle.

"They have a good balance, they have a lot of big boys in the team who can be quite physical if they need to be and they’ve also got one or two clever, bright footballers.

"They’re going to ask us a lot of questions and we’re going to have to be at 100% to get a positive result."

Ahead of our sixth game of the month, a number of players will have knocks assessed by the medical team. One player who won't feature in Lanarkshire but may play in Edinburgh is Greg Kiltie.

The attacker felt a small issue in his hamstring with the management team ensuring the forward is given time to recover.

Steve said: "When you come back from a long period out injured, especially with a serious injury, you always pick up little knocks and niggles on the way back.

"Unfortunately, in training last week Greg picked up a little niggle in his hamstring. If he'd been fully fit he probably wouldn't even have felt it.

"We decided to take him out for four or five days and settle down. We’re hopeful he’ll be available again for the Hibs game but the Hamilton game will come too quickly."