How Kilmarnock reacts to Wednesday night’s 5-0 Scottish Cup defeat to Rangers will define their season.
It has been another excellent season in the main for Steve Clarke’s side. But in the last few weeks, victories have been hard to come by.
They haven’t won any of their last six games in all competitions, which has put an end to any hopes of a realistic title challenge and the Scottish Cup.
The other thing to take into account, is Clarke’s angry reaction to the sectarian abuse he faced during the loss to Rangers.
They could well have an effect the team if Clarke is continuously unhappy. Of course, he is a professional and more than likely he will just get on with things.
In matters on the pitch, the lack of a real goalscorer has hurt the Rugby Park side, as have a slew of defensive injuries, at just the wrong time of the season.
They haven’t had much luck either, look at Scott Brown’s deflected injury time winner for Celtic at Rugby Park for example.
Clarke is such a good manager though, that you would expect him to go on another run of results, beginning with Saturday’s game against Livingston.
It will be intriguing to see if Clark is still manager of Kilmarnock next season, but for the rest of this season he has to pull his side out of the slump they seem to be in.