Updated Thursday, 6th January 2005
We're in the semi final of one cup already this season, can we go on a run in the Scottish as well? Kilmarnock are currently standing in our way and we will need a good performance at Rugby Park to progress.
If the wheels haven’t come off our bandwagon quite yet, they have certainly loosened. We can excuse the defeat at Ibrox, disappointing though it was, but the home loss to Inverness was bordering on criminal and while the effort was there against
Scott McDonald’s return has boosted the side but he is still not 100% sharp after his layoff. His presence also allowed Terry Butcher to be very attack minded against
Phil O’Donnell may or may not be taken out of the cotton wool depending on his latest injury and there could also be a problem with Kevin McBride. The official site suggests that he ‘thinks’ he can play but this hasn’t been confirmed yet. Should he be ineligible and Paterson and O’Donnell injured, we could be stretched in the midfield.
Neutrals looking at this game may see it as ideal for a draw on the coupon but neither team seem to record too many stalemates. To be honest, it is probably more likely we will play well and win or play poorly and lose than do something in the middle and get a replay. In times like this it’s only right to back the team: