Despite the Scotland versus England game in the Six Nations being the main sporting event of the week, for me, Killie travelling to Ibrox to play the Gers also deserves a mention.
Given the recent form of both clubs it was understandable why Rangers were considered the favourites for the clash in the 5th round of the Scottish Cup.
As a lifetime supporter of the best team in Ayrshire, I can safely say that this season has been a total shambles, and I was not expecting much from our outing to the Championship club in Govan.
However, around 1500 Killie fans descended upon their famous stadium in the hope that interim manager, Lee McCulloch, could lift the player’s spirits after two horrendous defeats against Dundee United and Hamilton- spelling the end to Gary Locke’s reign as manager.
The opening exchanges were evenly shared with both big Josh Magennis going close with a glancing header and Lee Wallace hitting a shot which was well saved by Killie keeper Jamie MacDonald.
James Tavernier then unleashed a thunderous strike on the edge of the box which crashed off MacDonald’s near post.
Killie did give their vocal support something to get excited about before the half was up though as winger Tope Obadeyi had a long range effort saved. Craig Slater also had a good chance to give Killie the lead just before half time.
It is quite rare for a lower league team to be rated as favourites against a team from the Premiership, but as the game wore on into the second half, it became obvious why this was as Rangers bombarded the Killie defence.
Danny Wilson came closest as he rose the highest for Rangers at a corner kick to head the ball but fortunately for Killie the crossbar prevented the ball going into the net.
With one minute to go Kilmarnock forward Kallum Higginbotham was rightly sent off for a knee high challenge on Tavernier.
However, a couple of minutes later the full time whistle blew to my delight, along with the rest of the Killie fans, as the game finished 0-0.
Lee McCulloch said he was “delighted with the reception” he received from the home fans after spending 8 years at Rangers until the summer.
The replay will take place on February 16th.
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