The Scottish Premiership returns after the winter shutdown with the Ayrshire club just one point off the top of the table, with Clarke many fans’ choice to be the country’s manager of the year at the end of the campaign.
A trip to Rugby Park certainly won’t be an easy one for Steven Gerrard and his players but Clarke has had a few things to say about some of the Gers’ new arrivals, most notably Jermain Defoe.
The ex-England international arrived at Ibrox on an 18-month loan from Bournemouth, with Rangers reportedly paying a significant chunk of his weekly wage, and Clarke has revealed just how big the chasm is between each team’s respective budgets.
Speaking via STV, he said: “If you put it into isolation and take the Defoe one, if the figures are to be believed… and I’m not talking about the high-end figures… the figure of £35,000 that is banded around, if that is the case and they are paying that for Jermain Defoe, to put that into context, that is the budget I have for my entire squad for a week.
“That shows you how well we are doing.
“They have been pretty consistent this year playing 4-3-3.
“Now, they have two top strikers they will probably look to change the system a little bit.
“But I have had my spy up the trees, cutting down fences and having a look so we’ll try and work out their formation before the game.”
Do you think Kilmarnock can keep up their unlikely title charge? And who will come out on top on Wednesday night?