Some unexpected results in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday have added an edge to what was already looking like a huge Kilmarnock-Celtic game at Rugby Park.
The league table now shows Killie only one point behind Aberdeen, and six points behind Rangers with a game in hand.
Steve Clarke’s side will have even more motivation to take all three points on Sunday. They know that a win will move them back up to third place in the table and will also close the gap on Rangers.
Meanwhile, Celtic’s motivation will be just as strong, as a win would give them a practically unassailable eight point lead at the top of the table.
To add even more intrigue to the encounter, Clarke has won both of the games he has managed against Celtic at Rugby Park.
In the last match at Rugby Park between the sides, a late Stuart Findlay goal gave Killie the three points in a 2-1 victory.
Celtic gained revenge with a 5-1 win at Celtic Park in December, a win which knocked Kilmarnock off the top of the league table.
Sunday’s game is even more important, and it has the chance of becoming season-defining for the team that wins the three points.