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Kris Boyd threat to Celtic dismissed

By Ronnie Esplin

Darnell Fisher was unlikely to have been kept awake last night worrying about Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd ending Celtic's unbeaten Scottish Premiership record at Parkhead this evening.

The champions have gone 22 games without defeat in the league since the start of the campaign and have not lost a goal in their last nine league matches as they stride towards another title.

Killie's best hopes of an upset – or even scoring a goal – probably lies with former Rangers and Middlesbrough hit-man Boyd, who was called into the Scotland squad for the first time in three years for the friendly in Norway last November due to an impressive return to form which has brought him 13 goals so far.

And although the 30-year-old's scoring record against Celtic is poor – he has only notched once against the Parkhead side – Hoops boss Neil Lennon revealed his admiration for a player who has grabbed 211 goals in Scottish football.

"He has always been a very good footballer and you never lose that knack of scoring goals," said the Armagh man.

However, when Fisher was asked about Boyd, he replied: "He's an okay player but we have got a good back four."

When eyebrows were raised at his evaluation of one of the most prolific attackers in the Scottish game, the 19-year-old right-back remained nonplussed.

"He's all right," Fisher said.

"I have seen a bit of them (Kilmarnock) because obviously Jacko (Jackson Irvine) is on loan there, so I speak to him a bit," he added.

"As long as the (unbeaten) run keeps going it is going to get harder each game.

"We are aware of it and we have to be on our toes at all times.

"For Fraser (Forster) and the back four, we want to keep as many clean sheets as possible.

"It is a big target to go unbeaten and we have gone 22 games so far, so hopefully it can continue.

"We are not putting so much pressure on ourselves.

"The manager stresses to us that the league will take care of itself, and that we need to keep unbeaten, keep winning games and keeping clean sheets."

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