Kilmarnock midfielder Brad Lyons hopeful ahead of Celtic clash

Lyons says there's no reason why his side can't win the cup tie.

Kilmarnock midfielder Brad Lyons hopeful ahead of Celtic clash SNS Group

Brad Lyons believes Kilmarnock’s early cinch Premiership form offers Viaplay Cup hope against Celtic at Rugby Park on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Northern Irish midfielder scored the only goal of the game in the opening-day home win over Rangers before Derek McInnes’s side battled to a goalless draw against Hearts at Tynecastle last week.

Ahead of the last-16 tie against the side who knocked Killie out at the semi-final stage of the competition last season, before going on to clinch the domestic treble, Lyons was in a positive mood.

He said: “We showed we could do it against Rangers, so why can’t we do it against Celtic?

“The signings we have made this season and the boys who have stayed – we have a very good changing room.

“We are compact but it is not just the defence, it starts from the front men and the training pitch.

“We work hard for each other and are very well-drilled as well. We had a good pre-season, fitness levels are right up there and with the results we have got, we are full of confidence and confidence is a massive thing in football.

“When you are winning games, everything happens naturally and there is a real feel-good factor around the club. Winning is always the best feeling.

“Last year was a good cup run, it just showed us that we can do it, we can get to Hampden, we can compete against Celtic at Hampden so why can’t we do it at Rugby Park?

“No matter when you play Celtic you know it is going to be a really tough fixture, you know they are going to move the ball quickly and move it well.

“They have individual players who can win games but in saying that, we have to look after ourselves. We know we have players who can win games as well. If we stay compact we are going to make it tough for them.”

Defender Joe Wright is back in contention after recovering from a thigh strain.