To single out any players in Steve Clarke’s Kilmarnock side is slightly unfair. To a man they have been exceptional. If there was to be a player singled out for praise, however, it must be Alan Power.

Greg Stewart and Gary Dicker are just a few other names who could be considered, but it’s Power who has really shined at Rugby Park. The energetic midfielder works hard in the engine room every game, and he allows players like Stewart and Eamonn Brophy to flourish in the final third.

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Power spent 10 years in the depths of lower league English football, but he has the spotlight firmly fixed on him north of the border. If his performances are anything to go by, he’s loving life in Ayrshire.

Clarke’s power player

The former Crumlin United midfielder is 31 in January, but that isn’t stopping him turning in man of the match worthy performances on a weekly basis.

He’s been unlucky in his career, with a move to the top never really coming to fruition. It’s hard to see why this hasn’t happened though, and it’s unfortunate that the opportunity may have passed. Killie fans may not mind though, it means they should have the midfielder for longer.

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At a club like Killie, you don’t get ahead of yourselves. If you take performances a game at a time, you’ll often get better results, and Power has shown that. He didn’t play at the highest level as a youngster, but the 31-year-old is making up for lost time at Rugby Park.

Power spent six years at Lincoln City, which got his career back on track. He’s now performing to an even higher level with Clarke’s side.

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Power is in a good place at Kilmarnock. He’s an ever present alongside fellow Irishmen Dicker and it looks as though, for all the hardship he’s endured, his breakout into the spotlight was worth the wait.

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