MX23RW : Saturday, February 23 21:49:59

Leicester success will give belief to Kilmarnock, says Rodgers

Leicester success will give belief to Kilmarnock, says Rodgers
© Reuters
Ayrshire side currently lead the Scottish Premiership.

Brendan Rodgers claims Leicester have provided the encouragement for unlikely success as he prepares Celtic to meet surprise Ladbrokes Premiership leaders Kilmarnock on Saturday.

The east midlands club stunned the football world in 2016 when they won the English Premier League having started the season as 5,000-1 outsiders.

There were eyebrows raised in Scottish football when Steve Clarke's Killie moved top of the table on Wednesday night with a 2-0 home win over Livingston.

Ahead of their trip to Parkhead the Ayrshire club are one point ahead of Rangers with Celtic behind the Ibrox side on goals scored, albeit with two games in hand over the league leaders.

Asked if a club like Kilmarnock could win the title, the Hoops boss said: "They will feel that, why not?

"I think what Leicester have done to probably every team that aren't a so-called big club is that they have made the impossible possible.

"It is still very early, we have played 14 games and when there are 10 games to go we will see.

"But what they have shown is the level of consistency, they are a very good side with good players, some experienced players in there and Steve and his staff have done a great job so yes, I am sure they will be up there during the season.

"They deserve all the credit they get and the biggest credit you can give them is that it's not by accident.

"It has been a real consistent run over the last year or so.

"Steve has done a brilliant job in terms of how he organises the team and the way they want to play and consistently they get very good results.

"Okay, they have played two more games than us but they are still in a position where some people wouldn't expect them to be.

"But if you watch them closely for the last year, Steve and the players have done a great job in terms of how they have worked and like I say they are a very difficult team to beat, so we know we have to be at our very best tomorrow to get the result we want."

Rodgers is aware that in the four meetings between the two clubs in which he has come up against Clarke, there have been two wins for Killie and two draws, the most recent a 2-1 win for the home side at Rugby Park in September.

The Northern Irishman said: "They have been a tough team to play against.

"They set up in a way that makes it very difficult for you. They haven't conceded in a few games either.

"You have to be really patient in the game as they bank up really tight and have good players on the counter-attack.

"So we have to be at our best to get a result."


Click here for more stories about Brendan Rodgers

Click here for more stories about Celtic

Share this article now:
Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke pictured on May 5, 2018
Read Next:
Clarke keen to keep players grounded after moving up to second in table
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Premier League
Championship
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Serie A
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Primeira Liga
Eredivisie
League One
League Two
National League
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Turkish Super Lig
Greek Superleague
Belgian Pro League
Swiss Super League
Segunda Division
Serie B
2.Bundesliga
Argentine Primera Division
Liga MX
Uruguayan Primera Division
NIFL Premiership
Welsh Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Australian A-League
Indian I-League
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs27200755272860
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Watford2711793935440
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2711793534140
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham27106113540-536
10Bournemouth27104133848-1034
11Everton2796123639-333
12Leicester CityLeicester2795133237-532
13Crystal Palace2786133035-530
14Burnley2786133148-1730
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2777132434-1028
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
17Cardiff CityCardiff2774162552-2725
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2745182661-3517
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2725201450-3611

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account