‘No Malice from Celtic fans, there was no badness,’ Killie star breaks ranks with Boyd, Clarke and Bowie

KILMARNOCK midfielder Rory McKenzie has broken ranks with his club captain Kris Boyd and club owner Billy Bowie by stating that the Celtic supporters who came onto the pitch after Scott Brown’s 91st minute goal at Rugby Park on Sunday did NOT put the Killie players’ safety at risk.

The Killie star admitted that there was no malice involved, stated that it was mostly youngsters and said that they were mostly interested in getting a selfie with one of their Hoops heroes.

“Obviously conceding a goal that late wasn’t nice and then to have Celtic fans on in your face wasn’t nice as well,” McKenzie stated today to the media.

“The few that come in, there was no malice in it at all, most of them that I saw were young kids.

“To be fair they had their phones out. I think they were just trying to get pictures, there was no badness.

“There was four minutes added on so we wanted the game to get going because there was still a chance to get an equaliser.

“The fact that all the G4S staff were on the pitch for a minute or two, you wanted the game to get going again. That was the only frustrating thing on my part.”

McKenzie’s comments contradict the narrative the has been coming out of Rugby Park since Sunday with manager Steve Clarke stating that he was concerned for his players’ safety.

Kilmarnock FC owner Billiy Bowie also had a wide ranging pop at Celtic supporters in the press this morning as we reported HERE.

And last night on The Celtic Star we revealed how Kilmarnock have been over-charging Celtic supporters, with ticket prices in some categories DOUBLE the price other supporters are paying when they visit Rugby Park. You can read that story HERE.

Like everyone else McKenzie did condemn the coin thrown incident and whether this came from a Celtic supporter as most have assumed, or a Kilmarnock fan, as e-tims alleged this morning it was well out of order.

“The coin throwing is unacceptable. As Kris said, it could injure somebody,” KcKenzie said.

“I don’t know whether the cameras caught who it was but definitely something needs to be done, harsher bans, stuff like that, because one day it will catch someone on the corner of the eye and damage will be done.

“I spoke to Boydy after it and just after it hit him. It doesn’t show you on the video, but he picked it up and there were fans on the front row who had obviously seen it and they were just standing there shaking their heads.

“So it is a minority.”

Commenting afterwards, with his arm now in a sling, Boyd noted that “someone could have lost a pie.”

Well if he can joke about it so can we.

Celtic supporters have every right to have a dig at Boyd and could have chanted ‘You Let Your Club Die’ and Who ate all the pies’ rather than the song choice that was used. That and the horrific online video of supporters and that wee boy singing that disgraceful sone about a hitman – that has no place in Paradise, or among our support home or away.

Cut it out please!

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

Comments are closed.