More than 11,000 locals had died and Killie
players were greeted by scenes of devastation.
I joked about Killie
's title prospects in midweek and the big question is - can they do a Leicester?
Perhaps most concerning for the visitors is that Kevin Kyle will not be featuring for Killie
as he has what has been described as a "niggling injury." The former Sunderland and Coventry frontman has scored all of Killie
's last seven goals from open play.
It was only Killie
' s 12th league goal at Rugby Park this season and how the long-suffering home fans enjoyed it.
striker David Fernandez was then shown a straight red card for appearing to strike Ayr defender Martyn Campbell, which gave the Honest Men another lease of life.
One victory in their last nine outings was hardly a ringing endorsement for Killie
. And within 12 minutes they could have been up against it but for the referee deciding that Garry Hay's handball a few yards from goal had been unintentional.
It was Killie
who almost opened the scoring inside five minutes.
Shinnie said: "We have to see Killie
as rivals for our position - look at what they did last season and how they've carried it on.
John Rankin's long-range effort came back off the post before former Killie
man Colin Nish had the ball in the net, but the goal was disallowed for offside.
, though, have not accepted any of the offers because although both club and player are looking for an early resolution to the situation they have refused to set a deadline for any deal.
Three up at half-time and cruising after two from Colin Nish and one from Craig Dargo, Killie
must have wondered what all the fuss has been about the Edinburgh side's so-called resurgence.
are a class above recent Rangers victims, but their form since the winter break hardly presages an upset.