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Killie boss Jimmy Calderwood aim to spoil Lennon's day

Jimmy Calderwood and Neil Lennon
Calderwood and Lennon will come face-to-face on the touchline

By John Barnes

Jimmy Calderwood says his Kilmarnock team aims to spoil Neil Lennon's big day at Celtic Park on Saturday.

The Ayrshire club ruined Robbie Keane's Celtic debut with a 1-0 win at Rugby Park at the beginning of February.

Now they hope to replicate that with new Celtic boss Lennon in the opposite dugout.

"It would be great," admitted Calderwood. "Obviously it's a wee bit different because it's at Celtic Park. I don't think Kilmarnock have won there for donkey's years.

"But we hadn't beaten them here at Rugby Park for nine years, yet we did it.

Neil's loved by the Celtic supporters, he's fanatical

Kilmarnock manager Jimmy Calderwood

"But we'll have to improve on our performance from Wednesday night because it was very poor and that's taking nothing away from Hamilton.

"Before that, we had been doing reasonably well, although we got beat in four games. We more than matched Rangers and Celtic.

"Two free-kicks done us - one against Hibs and one against Motherwell - but Wednesday was poor and hopefully we can get back to some form and spoil Neil's big day."

The Kilmarnock boss says the departure of Tony Mowbray as Celtic manager on Thursday and the appointment of Lennon is unlikely to help his side's case for victory.

He expects Lennon to get a terrific backing because of the affection the fans have for their former captain, which could make life difficult for a Rugby Park side who are looking for their first win in the league at Celtic Park since season 1955/56.

"No disrespect to Tony, I don't think it's a good thing for Kilmarnock that it's happened," said Calderwood.

"Neil's loved by the Celtic supporters, he's fanatical, as a player he was fanatical and a few weeks ago we were up at Lennoxtown and he was coaching the reserves and he was fanatical then.

"So I think it will be a good one for Celtic and I don't think it will make life for us any easier."

Calderwood will make changes after the midweek defeat by Hamilton and he appreciates that both his side and Celtic will be hurting.

However, Calderwood pointed out that he and his management team of Jimmy Nicholl and Sandy Clark have won at Celtic Park before and that this can help them spur Kilmarnock on to victory.

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see also
Lennon wants to succeed Mowbray
26 Mar 10 |  Celtic
Celtic 3-1 Kilmarnock
27 Mar 10 |  Scottish Premier

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