A day for the good guys

This is a day for the good guys in Planet Fitba.

Celtic travel to Rugby Park where two good teams set out by two good managers will have a go.

It promises be a proper game of football.

If Celtic can manage to match Kilmarnock, which they couldn’t do at Hampden three weeks ago, then the SPL title will be secured.

Kenny Shiels has worked wonders with his squad, assembled at a fraction of the cost of Neil Lennon’s team.

Only the tragic passing of Jack Kelly prevented their league cup win at the national stadium witnessing scenes of huge celebrations by Shiels and his guys.

Today they will be out to show that Hampden was no fluke and that they have the measure of Celtic.

Kenny Shiels will have been inside the heads of his guys all week about this and he’ll have them focussed on the importance of that statement.

Fair play Kenny!

As we say here in Donegal I would have him for a neighbour.

The other Ulsterman in the away dugout has been on an amazing journey this season.

Back in October, three down at Rugby Park, the man from Lurgan considered his position during the interval.

He had 45 minutes.

It was a Leinster man who led the fight back.

Anthony Stokes, with his two goals, dragged Celtic back into the game that day.

Even at 3-3 Shiels’ men almost nicked it at the end.

Neil Lennon believed and got his team to invest in his belief.

That is why he deserves to hold the SPL trophy whenever Neil Doncaster considers it appropriate.

From the same province of Ireland these two managers have very different experiences of living and working in Scotland.

One has been assaulted and hospitalised and needs close protection from professional big guys when he is doing his job.


Neil Lennon’s Celtic will have to properly turn up to get anything from Kenny Shiels’ Kilmarnock.

Proper order.

These two clubs are both tax compliant and pay their bills.

They have a right to hold their heads high in Scottish football.

They are good neighbours.

That isn’t something that can be said for all the inhabitants of Planet Fitba, but this is a day to celebrate the good guys in Scottish football, not those who taint its reputation.

Enjoy the match.

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