Kilmarnock V Celtic at Rugby Park : Match Preview

27 September 2013 04:00
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Silva to face Cletic

David Silva does not expect Celtic to have one eye on next week's Champions League clash with Barcelona when they travel to Kilmarnock on Saturday.

Silva's return to Killie on a short-term deal until the end of the season was confirmed on Thursday and he goes straight into Allan Johnston's squad for the Scottish Premiership clash against the champions.

However, the 26-year-old midfielder, who played for Killie between 2010 and 2012 before joining Primeira Liga side Olhanense, does not believe the Hoops will be anything other than focused for the trip to Rugby Park where the home side are looking for their first SPFL win of the season.

"Celtic are a big team and big teams don't think one week ahead," he said.

"They take it game by game and I think they will be coming with maximum force. 'They are focused on every game to win so we need to get ready.

"I saw their Champions League games last season and the first game in the play-offs this season as well.

"They are a good team, they have improved as well so it is going to be a difficult game.

"It is always a difficult game against Celtic even when you are doing well but hopefully we can do well and get some points."

Celtic pair Beram Kayal and James Forrest will miss out at Rugby Park.

Midfielder Kayal is returning from a groin injury and winger Forrest is recovering from a virus, but manager Neil Lennon is hoping to have them fit for the visit of Barca .

Midfielder Joe Ledley is still out with a groin injury and Lennon has ruled him out of the Barca game.

Lennon will make changes but warned his players that anyone keeping themselves for midweek will be in trouble.

He said: "I will not make wholesale changes but (Kris) Commons, (Anthony) Stokes, (Georgios) Samaras, (Emilio) Izaguirre will come back into contention, players who have been playing on a regular basis since the start of the season

"But if anyone has an eye on Tuesday going into the game and it manifests itself on the pitch, then they won't play (against Barca).

"This game is very important to the league and off the back of Tuesday night there is even more significance on the game and so they have to play to put themselves in contention for Tuesday night.

"I haven't given Barcelona much thought with the games we have had, we will concentrate on all that after Saturday."

Source: PA