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Posted 8th October 2010, 07:24 in
Scotland

Johnstone Expects Killie Revival

Only six Scottish Premier League sides are in action this Sunday, moving all sides to 18 games played and four remaining.

Fourth placed Hibernian take on Edinburgh rivals Boroughmuir and Celtic welcome Dundee United to Lennoxtown. In the final match of the day, league leaders and reigning champions, Glasgow City travel to Ayrshire to take on the Premier League’s bottom side, Kilmarnock.

Although it is still mathematically possible for Kilmarnock to avoid the drop, it could be said the odds on Killie being relegated out of the Premier League and into the First Division would return the safest bet of the year.

Apart from a win against Aberdeen on the very first day of the season, Kilmarnock have lost every single game since and have done so by a conceding a number of goals.

With the team losing a number of influential players, credit needs to be given to them for promoting their youngsters and continuing to battle away in the top division, but few would argue that the time has come to re-group and find themselves and their form in the First Division.

With confidence low and having suffered their heaviest defeat ever as a club to City earlier on in the season, Kilmarnock must be wishing they could be somewhere else on Sunday, rather than playing the country’s top side.

City keeper Claire Johnstone, a former Kilmarnock player herself, knows times could not be more difficult for her old side.

She said, “When I moved to Scotland, Killie were my first ever team. Jim Chapman was the boss then and he did great things with the club. Obviously Jim moved on and is with Dumbarton now and I don’t think Killie ever really recovered after he went.

"It is sad to see them go from a top side challenging for honours when I was there, to a team now, who look like they will be playing First Division football next season. Killie have a great history however, and are the longest running club in our leagues, so I am sure they will bounce back and be strong again once more.

"Everyone is expecting an avalanche of goals from us against them, but to be honest, if we keep a clean sheet and win by one, I will be more than happy, as with few games remaining, we need three points first and foremost.”

Fixtures for Sunday October 10th:

Kilmarnock v Glasgow City (Blair Park, Hurlford, 2pm)
Hibernian v Boroughmuir Thistle (Hibernian Training Centre, Tranent, 4pm)
Celtic v Dundee United (CFC Training Centre, Lennoxtown, 4pm)

Photo - Lorraine Hill.

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