So today should end, if all goes according to plan, with a 12 point lead after all.
For the first time in what seems like ages we aren’t playing behind the Ibrox club but in front of them. Playing behind them has not hurt us, but playing second four out of the last five games (and the fifth was at their ground) is a ridiculous state of affairs.
So today the job is simple; win and put the pressure on them to try and match us. They are away at Dundee Utd tomorrow. That will not be an easy afternoon, although I do expect them to win. Still, it’s up to us to make it as uncomfortable as possible before it even starts and we can do that today by sweeping Kilmarnock away like something dropped on the floor.
It will be particularly satisfying to do this with that pure fool McInnes in the dugout. Don’t expect much praise from him even if we’ve racked up a cricket score. The day he gives us credit at all will be a cold one in Hell. I do not expect it and never have.
What I do expect is that his plan to “stop us” will involve a lot of physical challenges which he will dare refs to penalise.
Ha! Not much chance of us getting protection from the officials tomorrow, although Ange has shone a spotlight on them over incidents in the penalty box. But we’ll get kicked off the pitch anyway, unless we’re too quick for McInnes players to catch us.
From the start of the game we should be on the front foot and looking to get the early goal. If we do that it will make it a nice afternoon and their hammer throwers will have less incentive to chop our guys down.
Kyogo will be crucial to us and so the other attackers must focus on pulling the defenders out to grant him the space he needs to score.
I have confidence that they will. It’s what they’re good at.