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Top: Steve Clarke has Kilmarnock top of the Premiership. SNS

The table made happy reading for Kilmarnock followers over breakfast this morning as their name could be seen adorning top spot.

For the first time in five decades the Ayrshire outfit lead the way in the top flight with more than ten games done and dusted.

Far from being a peculiar case of overnight success, however, their spot on the lofty perch is the culmination of 14 months hard work behind the scenes.

The brains behind the turnaround has been Steve Clarke, who has lifted the gloom which previously hung over Rugby Park before his unveiling.

It came as a surprise to many when a manager with a CV boasting the names of some of the English game’s biggest clubs rocked up to at a club in danger of falling through the Premiership trap door.

Kilmarnock looked destined for the drop having picked up three points from eight matches as a series of mediocre campaigns looked to have finally taken their toll.

But Clarke would perform a remarkable rescue act, rejuvenating his team and sending them on an upward curve which now sees Killie looking down from the summit.

How has it happened? Here we run the rule over Killie’s stunning rise:

Powers of persuasion

Goals: Kris Boyd’s predatory instincts were key as Clarke got Killie firing. SNS

With his side staring at the prospect of falling through the Premiership trap door, Clarke immediately set about his

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