Kilmarnock will head to Celtic full of belief after previous victory insists Stuart Findlay

Stuart Findlay says Kilmarnock need to head to Celtic Park confident after their most recent clash.

The Ayrshire side knocked the champions out of the Viaplay Cup with a 1-0 win thanks to Marley Watkins back in August.

That was the Rugby Park’s side’s last win, but defender Findlay says they should still be full of belief going into Saturday’s Scottish Premiership fixture.

He said: “We’ve earned that belief after the results we had at the start of the season.

“It’s ironic that two games we’ve won have been against Celtic and Rangers but you’d be naïve not to try to use that to your advantage.

“We have to go into this game with belief and having the backup of having won against both sides of the Old Firm, I don’t see why we can’t go into the game with real belief that we can get the result we want.

“I’ve been to Celtic Park a lot of times now over my Kilmarnock career and there’s been games where you know you’re going to have to do something special to get a result.

“But the manager has instilled in us, in both games against the Old Firm this season at half-time as we went in level, that we have to believe we can go out and win this game of football.

“Both times it came to fruition.

“If we don’t go in with that mindset then there’s no point us going on Saturday and we may as well get ready for the international break.

“We have to go into the game fully believing something can happen.

“We’re under no illusions how difficult a game it’s going to be. Celtic are a different animal now than they were at the start of the season, they were always going to play themselves into the form they’ve shown in the last few weeks.

“But we can only focus on what we can provide in the game and hopefully it’ll be enough to get us a positive result.”

Killie boss Derek McInnes added: “The clean sheets we had at the start of the season when we defended a bit deeper against Rangers, Celtic and Hearts helped us.

“We looked comfortable in those games but we have lost a couple of poor goals since then.

“A lot of players will be going there who know what it takes to beat a good team like Celtic.

“We will try to mirror what we did against them earlier this season.

“I have watched that game back and I will be giving them a lot of the same messages.

“I will also look at how teams have caused them problems this season.”

Read next:

Don’t miss the latest Ayrshire headlines –sign up to our free daily newsletter

Daily Record – Ayrshire Live