Dec 6 2012 By Lizzie Smith
Killie will face league leaders Celtic at Rugby Park on Saturday with an early 12.30pm kick-off.
Neil Lennon’s men were bidding to make the Champions League last 16 with a win over Spartak Moscow at Parkhead last night (Wednesday).
Killie boss Kenny Shiels said: “I’m not sure what Celtic result in Europe is best for us as we prepare to face them next.
“Whatever happens, it will be a tough game that we will want to win but I’m looking forward to it.”
The gaffer has recorded two historic wins over the Glasgow giants in the past year
The 2-0 league win in October was Killie’s first victory in Parkhead in 57 years. It came hot on the heels of 1-0 League Cup victory at Hampden back in March.
Ayrshire’s finest will be missing captain Manuel Pascali on Saturday as part of his two-match suspension.
Liam Kelly is still sidelined with a shoulder injury although the gaffer says he is doing some “leg work” at training.
Garry Hay is close to making a return to the first team after his knee operation but is lacking game time.
William Gros and Chris Johnston are also on the treatment table.
Boss Shiels says there was no news on his pending SFA charges . These relate to remarks made about referee Euan Norris following Killie’s defeat to Inverness and for being sent to the stand by Stevie O’Reilly in their loss to St Johnstone.
Killie’s Under-20s league game against Motherwell was postponed on Tuesday night due to the weather.