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      We spoke to Russell Crombie of the On Team In Ayrshire Podcast and you can read what he had to say below.
      Your part of the ‘One Team in Ayrshire’ podcast. When did that start up and how did you get involved?
      The show started a few years ago, when myself and Jamie McDougall realised there might be an appetite for greater analayis on Kilmarnock's matches. Things have petered off lately with work and university commitments, but we're hoping to get back up and running soon.
      There was pressure from the support for Michael Johnston to resign and he finally did in May this year. Without knowing the full scenario, how has the club been doing without him involved now?
      The key phrase is 'baby steps'. Johnston's position at the club had soured relationships with a lot of fans and local businesses, and those wounds won't neccessarily heal immediately. There has been an increase in sponsorship at the club, and we're revamping our hospitality packages by building an enclosure within the Main Stand, so the club clearly feel things will continue to improve as time moves along.
      Lee McCulloch took over in February and managed to guide the club to an 8th place finish. He’s was then appointed the manager full-time. Were you happy with him being handed the manager’s job on a permanent basis?
      I think the majority of fans were happy enough to give Lee the job. The issue I had, and it's one I expressed after the appointment of Gary Locke as well, was that he had no experienced coach or former manager alongside him. Locke brought in Lee McCulloch and Peter Leven as his coaching team, both of whom had just finished playing, and they were subsequently retained by Clark. When Lee became permanent manager, he kept Peter Leven on but I'd have liked a greater input on the board there. The Director of Football role is hot topic in Scottish Football right now, but I feel McCulloch would be helped with having a sounding board alongside him - my personal choices would be Craig Brown or Jim Jefferies.
      This summer has seen another busy one for Killie with players coming and going. Who’s made an impact and impressed you the most?
      It's always a busy summer at Rugby Park! In terms of new aqcusitions, Gordon Greer is the obvious answer. A recent Scotland defender, he just oozes class every time he steps onto the field. On Saturday last against Aberdeen he marshalled Aberdeen's atacking threat with consumate ease, and is probably still too good to be playing at this level. I won't complain though! Elsewhere, Dom Thomas has started the season brightly and looks to be a decent piece of business. 
      Kilmarnock have struggled in their opening round of fixtures, only picking up two points. How have the team been playing despite the lack of points? No need for any panic yet?
      It's been a mixed bag. Controrary to what Steven Thompson was saying on Sportscene last week, we haven't just been a long-ball team. We try to pass the ball out from the back, but had no player to link teh defence and midfield with Gary Dicker out injured. Adam Frizzell, a wide man, was being asked to fill that role and he wasn't comfortable. Saturday against Aberdeen however, Calum Waters came in and filled the role excellently meaning we were able to fully play on the deck without having no link and being forced into a long ball. 
      How do you see your team doing this term?
      It's a season of rebuilding, so I'd happily take a tenth place finish and continue to develop our young players. We have a very young squad, with Findlay, Taylor, Hawkshaw, Frizzell, Wilson, Jones, Thomas etc all regulars and all still in their late teens or early twenties, so another season of Premiership football will help them, and ourselves, going into next season.
      What player will cause Dundee the most threat on Saturday?
      Without a doubt, Jordan Jones. He tore Aberdeen to ribbons on Saturday, and is in the form of his life. He's pacy, direct, clever on the ball and has a good end product. He won't be at Kilmarnock long if he keeps up this run of form. 
      What player from this Dundee team would you take in your team?
      Mark O'Hara *sobs*. I'd never have let him go in the first place, and he could have been the perfect man to link the defence and midfield as mentioned earlier. 
      It’s a huge game for both clubs. We will be looking to build on last week’s win while Killie will be hoping to get off the mark. How do you see this one going?
      You're right, it's a massive afternoon of football for both sides. I have to keep faith in my team and believe that we'll come away with three points, but a lot of that faith is sat firmly at the door of the aforementioned Jordan Jones. If he can get running at Hendry or Kerr, then we'll create chances galore. If Dundee close the space he has, then we have to rely on Rory McKenzie on the other flank, who has a very poor end product. Keep Jones quiet, and Dundee have a good chance of coming away with full points.
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      'The presentation will set out initial thoughts on a new home for Dundee Football Club, designed to meet the needs and aspirations of the 21st century game. The decision to move from the club’s historic home at Dens, is not being taken lightly, but is based on a growing awareness of the present and future limitations of the existing facilities at Dens Park, and their inability to support the evolving needs of a modern football club.'

      More information can be found here by CLICKING THIS LINK TO THE OFFICIAL DUNDEE SITE.
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      By UWTB1893
      “I have no complaints.” Said the Dundee manager.
      “I think Celtic were worthy winners and I’m not going to say that they were not.
      “I do have a complaint about the third goal because we should have had a freekick.
      “I did think the first goal was a penalty and there was contact, although I’d like to see it again.
      “Up until that point I felt we were containing Celtic and they weren’t opening us up too much.
      “On the whole, though, I can have no complaints about the result.”

      Despite the result, McCann was able to see some positives from the defeat.

      “Listen, I don’t sit here and enjoy a defeat but we can take positives from the match.
      “I now have a lot to work on from a coach’s point of view.
      “I think there was a remarkable workrate put in by my players against a top-class Celtic side.
      “They didn’t rest too many players for the Old Firm game and I think that showed good respect to my side.
      “I don’t think it was a 4-0 and it flattered Celtic a bit with the goals towards the end.
      “We were taking big risks at that point.
      “I am pleased with the effort from the guys and the fact that they stuck at it.”

      It would prove to be a frustrating evening for Dundee.

      Celtic would open the scoring from the penalty spot after Scott Sinclair was adjusted to have been brought down in the box before the player slotted home the penalty.

      The Dees then had a golden opportunity when a Randy Wolters cross found El Bakhtaoui unmarked in front of the goal but the striker completely missed it.

      A goal from James Forrest a few minutes from half time meant it would prove to be an uphill battle for the Dee to get anything from this and despite the second half being largely dull, Celtic would add another two goals to their tally. Both goals came in the dying minutes from McGregor and a second for Forrest.
       
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      By UWTB1893
      They say you can only beat the teams that are put in front of you and that was the feeling when this cup draw was made after the Dundee Derby win in the previous round. With Celtic remaining unbeaten in fifty-five domestic matches, their run has to come to an end soon. Could Dundee be that team?

      We spoke to Facebook page 'Read Celtic' and gathered their views on last season's impressive 'Invincibles' campaign and if they feel the team can do the same tis year along with this summers transfer activity, players we should watch out for excluding the obvious and who they feel can cause some fear in the Celtic defence.

      Supporting Celtic. How did you become a supporter of the Glasgow club?

      I was first introduced to Celtic when I was five playing underage football in Ireland for Celtic Bhoys. We wore Celtic kits and I began to watch their games and we travelled over from Ireland twice a year for games.

      Last season you went the whole domestic season undefeated, grabbing the treble in the process. I always thought that someone would beat you as some point of the season but you proved me wrong. When did you start believing the club could achieve this?

      It was around the time we broke the Lisbon Lions' record in January in the win over Hearts, but in April when we had no recognised striker fit, I thought we would lose a game away from home or slip up late on against Aberdeen. But as ever we found a way to win games or not lose them.

      How would you rate your clubs transfer activity this summer? Seeing Patrick Roberts back at the club on loan must have been the big one the fans wanted to see?

      I would've liked to have seen a centre-back brought into the club for our two games against Anderlecht because realistically we've very little chance of competing with PSG or Bayern Munich as last week's result showed against the French side. Fans wanted Roberts back and I'm delighted he's returned but it's only a short-term solution for us.
      You sit at the top of the table with the most goals scored and least conceded. Pretty much how you would expect to have started this league campaign?
      Yeah, the league is all but a foregone conclusion even at this stage, no disrespect to other 11 teams in the league including Dundee. Our squad is simply far more superior and over 38 games we'll once again rarely drop points.

      On the other hand, you suffered your heaviest ever defeat in Europe at the hands of PSG last week, falling 5-0 at home. I think most people would have had the French team on their coupon for this game but possible also expected it to be closer than the final scoreline due to your home record in this competition. What’s your thoughts on the defeat and also how do you think you will do in the Champions League despite this defeat?

      I thought if we could play like we did against Manchester City we'd have a chance but from the first minute, PSG took control of the game and made it a training drill for themselves. They were on a totally different level from almost any team I've ever seen play at Celtic Park and were so comfortable on the ball and receiving it. I still believe we have a good chance of getting third. Next week's game against Anderlecht will give us a better idea of that expectation becoming a reality.

      Even at this stage of the season, some people have brought up the possibility of Celtic going the whole season undefeated. What do you think should be the target for the club this term in the league and cups?

      I'm not really bothered about going unbeaten in the league again, but obviously another domestic treble would be a fantastic achievement as it will be the Cup games over one 90 minute game when anything can happen that a team can get stuck in and beat us, If they can expose our defence which can be suspect when pressure is applied.

      I’ve said to most of the people who have agreed to take part in this but it’s more than likely going to be your title this season. Who though, will be your closes challengers? There seems to be some pundits suggesting that The Rangers are in the process of closing the gap with yourself. Do you believe this?

      The Ibrox side have spent a lot of money this season and they're still trying to put the pieces together. They can certainly score goals this time round, but once again their defence is awful and can be exposed at any time. Aberdeen will look to provide the closest challenge to us and Pedro Caixinha will need to worry about them before they can think about us.

      We know the threat that Sinclair, Forrest and Griffiths carry with them but is there anyone who may not get the recognition they deserve that we should be weary of?

      Callum McGregor goes unnoticed at times in the squad and is constantly finding space between the lines to get at defences. Tom Rogic is a physical force that always causes problems driving at defences and just when you think you've got everyone marked up front, Stuart Armstrong makes a run from deep in behind or finds space on the edge of the box. So it's a team that can be very problematic for defences that try to soak up pressure.

      Is there any players for Dundee that have impressed you and could cause a threat to Celtic?

      Scott Bain always puts in a good shift against us but in terms of causing our team problems, Faissal El Bakhtaoui scored a screamer against us last season and is probably the player we should watch.
      Finally, prediction time.

      We haven’t beat you at Dens since 1988. You haven’t been beat in 55 domestic games. I’ve no qualms saying that if we manage to beat Celtic on Wednesday, it will go down as an upset. Can you see a Dark Blue win or will The Bhoys see their name in the hat for the semi-final draw?
      I can't see anything other than a win for us on Wednesday night. Given our run in domestic football and the depth of our squad, we will be much fresher going into the game with the personnel we have available. That said, someday our run will end, and it'll more than likely be on the road in a Cup game so who knows, maybe Dundee could be the team to do that.
       

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