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Saturday, 22 January, 2000, 13:51 GMT
Tosh reunion in balance

Tosh McKinlay (left) had a successful Scotland career


Tosh McKinlay could miss out on an emotional Kilmarnock debut against his former club Celtic on Sunday, due to lack of match fitness.

The former Scotland defender, who spent five-and-a-half years at Parkhead, was snapped up by Killie in the winter break following a short spell with Swiss club Grashoppers Zurich.



Obviously the manager will decide whether I should be in the squad to play Celtic. I am just glad to be involved again at this level.
Tosh McKinlay
McKinlay, 34, said: "I really needed to get back to playing regularly when I left Zurich in December, so I am short of match fitness.

"But I had five days with the club in Spain last week and I feel that was beneficial.

"I have also been doing a bit of running in a bid to build up my fitness and we've had one or two practice matches as well this week."

Another former Celtic player, goalkeeper Gordon Marshall, may make his first appearance of the season for Kilmarnock, while Gus MacPherson could return.

Kevin McGowne, Dylan Kerr, Paul Wright and Ally McCoist are definitely out.

Defensive crisis

Celtic manager John Barnes has problems at the back as his side restart their campaign.

Olivier Tebily is on African Nations Cup duty, Stephane Mahe is suspended, Rafael is recovering from an appendix operation and Alan Stubbs is still to regain fitness following a stomach virus.


Mark Viduka: Aiming to add to his goal tally
Club captain Tommy Boyd is in line for a recall to the beleaguered defence.

At the other end of the pitch, Celtic frontman Mark Viduka is keen to turn on the style - but he knows Kilmarnock will not make life easy for the Glasgow giants' illustrious strikeforce.

"We want to win every game as comprehensively as we can," said Viduka, who has already scored 19 goals this term.

"If the game is won and you are 4-0 up, that is when the party tricks can come out. One or two flicks can be entertaining for the crowd and part of the game. It shows we are enjoying our football.

"But I don't think we will have a chance to play that way on Sunday. Kilmarnock are a good side and it is always hard against them.

"They are always ready for us and, like every other team, they love to take our scalp."

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