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Celtic out to banish Kilmarnock shocker

By Ronnie Esplin

Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama is eager to quickly erase the memory of the Hampden defeat to Kilmarnock, beginning with Sunday's Old Firm derby with Rangers.



Kilmarnock ended Celtic's treble tilt last Sunday with a 1-0 win in the final of the Scottish Communities League Cup, leaving Neil Lennon's side to focus on the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and the William Hill Scottish Cup.

It appears only to be a matter of time before the Bhoys wrap up the SPL title — and it could happen this weekend if Motherwell drop points at Killie and Celtic beat Rangers on Sunday.

Then Celtic's focus will turn to the Scottish Cup, where they will meet either St Mirren or Hearts, who play in a quarter-final replay tonight, in the semi-final on April 15.

Wanyama said: “I've learned a lot from this (the loss to Kilmarnock). It was a very big game and a chance for me to win something. It was very important to me before the game and I was very disappointed at full-time when we lost.

“I don't want to feel like this again so I hope we will move on from this.

“This meant a lot to me personally. Every player wants to win trophies and I was very excited about the thought of possibly doing that.

“We have to step up now and concentrate on our next game. Hopefully we will be back to our best and can continue our run in the league.”

l Jim Jefferies is confident he can rescue Dunfermline from relegation from the Clydesdale Bank Premier League this season after taking over as their new manager.

The veteran boss, 61, has agreed a 15-month deal just days after the club sacked Jim McIntyre.

Jefferies now has eight games to save the Pars.

He said: “I know it's going to be tough and it's going to be tough for clubs above us as well. But I wouldn't have taken the job if I didn't think there was a chance. It would have been pretty pointless.”

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