Despite what was a disappointing draw at Hamilton last week, it seems that Lee Clark might finally be providing the team that he promised we could be proud of at the end of last season. Even though the football is not up to the highest standard that the team is capable of, the effort of that players cannot be faulted. We’ve had some mixed results against Dundee over the years, so hopefully we can take a big support up to Dens and get the three points we need to lift us up the table.
Formation is a basic 4-4-2
Freddie Woodman - Although there have been some grumblings from the Killie support about the lack of game time for Jamie MacDonald, the young man from Newcastle has really impressed since his loan move in January. He has made some outstanding saves in the past couple of games, and so deserves his chance to shine in the second half of this season. And anyway, big Jamie deserves some rest after the marvellous few years he’s had at Rugby Park so far.
Luke Hendrie - Possibly the most constant performer over the course of the season, Hendrie should always be the first name on the team sheet. You don’t see many full backs in Scotland who are equally as good in both defence and attack, but Hendrie is certainly one of that dying breed. Plus, if Jones is having a terrible game, we always know that Hendrie will be there to dig him out a hole.
Gary Dicker - It seems to me that we’ve been playing Gary out of position the whole season. When he moved to centre back in the Ross County game, we looked as solid as we have all season. So whoever told Gary Dicker to play at centre mid when he was young, they’re an idiot! The chemistry between Dicker and Ajer in the past few games has looked as good as Ant and Deck, Laurel and Hardie, or even Jim Jeffries and Billy Brown…at a push.
Kristoffer Ajer - The chalk to Gary Dicker’s cheese, ‘big Ajer’ has been a revelation at the back since joining on loan from Celtic. He is a prime example of a case where a player is far too good to play for a certain team. He has been touted to be the next Virgil Van Dyke, and it’s clear to see why. Defensively, he stands solid and imposing, a physical barrier for every striker in Scotland. Going forward, he reminds me of the great Momo Sissoko, striding forward on these mazy runs that can excite even the dullest of fans. It’ll be a sad time indeed when Kris leaves us for what is sure to be a very bright future indeed.
Greg Taylor - Just like his compatriot on the right flank, young Greg has been a star over the season so far, and there is better to come from the lad. Even though his performances have been so good over the course of the season, I wouldn’t care if he was shocking for the remainder. That tackle on Joey Barton has enamoured him to me forever and I won’t hear another bad word said about him, or else I’ll make Pasca look like a saint.
Sean Longstaff - Quickly becoming a fans favourite among the Killie faithful, Longstaff has scored some important goals so far, the winner against County and our only goal at the weekend. With his energetic running and an eye for goal, he is certainly looking like a good find by Lee Clark, but we’ll have to see how long his good spell can last!
Iain Wilson - A player that has come on leaps and bounds this year, he looks like a player with the experience of someone twice his age. Wilson will definitely be a key player next season, and so it is important that he gets as much game time as possible this season. His range of passing is phenomenal for someone who looks a bit ‘gangly’, which is the nicest way to describe him. They always say that you should look for experience over both but in this case, we seem to have both already.
Adam Frizzell - The wee man has really come on leaps and bounds this season, and should be starting every week. After his man of the match performance against Celtic, he should have been one of the first names on the team sheet. However, Lee Clark doesn’t seem to rate him, a huge mistake in my opinion. He can be used to fill that Kiltie-sized hole in our hearts at the moment.
Jordan Jones - Possibly the most frustrating player in the entirety of the Scottish leagues, Jordan has one good game in every ten. He has been marginally better in recent weeks; however, we still need him to find that consistent form that we know he can provide. He can link up well with Greg Taylor at left back and could cause some serious problems for the Dundee defence.
Kris Boyd - Our main striker now, Boomer has been in good form recently and hopefully he can keep this going against Dundee. His effort in the past few games has been exemplary and a true example to the rest of the team. Although he won’t be scoring any overhead kicks against them like Souley did earlier in the season, I would still back Boydie to find the back of the net at Dens.
Conor Sammon - The fish is back, and ready to score goals. Big Conor is a perfect match for Boomer up front, as the fish can run while Boydie gets into the right positions to bang them in. Sammon could also be a huge asset at corners, if only Jordan Jones could actually get them past the first man. If the two front men could link up well, then I think our attack force could be lethal for this game and for the rest of the season as a whole.