Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke has done a phenomenal job at Rugby Park.

Since taking charge he has turned Killie into the form side in Scottish football.

23rd September 2018, Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Kilmarnock versus Celtic; Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke heads for the bench

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Under Clarke, the Ayrshire side won more points than any other side in the Premiership in 2018.

With 21 games played so far this season, they sit one point off leaders Celtic and Rangers.

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But after both halves of the Old Firm strengthened this month, Clarke needs to make improvements quickly.

Steven Gerrard has signed Steve Davis and Jermain Defoe while Celtic have added Timothy Weah, Oli Burke and Vakoun Issouf Bayo.

15th December 2018, Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Kilmarnock versus Dundee; Greg Stewart of Kilmarnock scores for 3-0 in the 79th minute

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So far, Killie have made no signings and lost star man Greg Stewart after Birmingham City ended his loan early.

Most years, you’d write off the likes of Kilmarnock sustaining a challenge right until the end of the season.

But with Clarke in charge?

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The loss of Stewart is going to have a massive effect on Clarke’s side.

Possible title rivals Aberdeen are reported to be interested in snatching Stewart, according to the Scottish Sun.

6th October 2018, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Kilmarnock; Eamonn Brophy of Kilmarnock scores for 2-1 in the 53rd minute

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The striker scored 8 times and added 7 assists in 16 appearances but Birmingham apparently want to recoup some of the £400,000 spent to buy him.

Others could also head out of Rugby Park this month, with Eamonn Brophy reportedly being tracked by Leeds United.

With just over two weeks of the transfer window left, Clarke needs to strengthen or the fantastic start to the season is in danger of ending in disaster.

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