Inside Blue Wed 20 Dec 2017
Two of the top stories from the Scottish Premier League this week saw players crediting Chelsea stars with inspiring their dramatic comebacks.
Both Chris Millar and Greg Kiltie made headlines north of the border by returning to action in big wins for their respective clubs in the top flight.
Veteran St Johnstone midfielder Millar was back in the starting line-up for the first time in over two months after falling out of favour with manager Tommy Wright in his 10th season with the club, and rewarded his boss' decision to recall him with a man-of-the-match performance as the Saints beat Rangers at Ibrox for the first time in 46 years.
However, when asked how he won back the confidence of his manager, the 34-year-old credited reading a recent interview with Cesc Fabregas for showing him the way.
Fabregas discussed how he worked tirelessly to show Antonio Conte he could meet the exacting demands of our 3-4-3 formation, after finding himself out of the starting XI during the Italian's early months at Stamford Bridge, and the Spanish international's attitude clearly set a fine example for his fellow professionals to follow.
'It's been a tough season for me personally. I've not played a lot of football. It's been frustrating sitting in the stand watching,' explained Millar.
'The other week Cesc Fabregas was talking about how last year he wasn't playing as much and this year he has been. When someone like that is talking about working hard and getting his head down in training it makes you think.
'So that's what I've been doing and it's paid off. I go in every day, keep my head down and work hard. I've been good about the place, tried to lift the spirit of the boys and be a good influence. I feel I'm showing in training and have shown in the performance against Rangers I've still hopefully got plenty of life left in me.'
As St Johnstone were securing a historic result in Glasgow, the Kilmarnock fans were giving young striker Greg Kiltie a warm welcome back after two lengthy absences with serious injuries.
Since making his debut for the club aged 16, becoming Kilmarnock's youngest player for half a century, Kiltie missed six months of last season with a hamstring problem before returning, only to break his ankle on the final day of the 2016/17 campaign.
The 20-year-old was brought off the bench by current Killie boss and former Chelsea defender and assistant manager Steve Clarke for the last 15 minutes of their 1-0 win over Motherwell on Saturday.
'I wasn't even expecting to get back on the bench today,' said Kiltie. 'It's been a long road, longer than I expected, but that's me finally back and I couldn't be happier to be involved again.'
However, he explained that a chance meeting with Eden Hazard in an ankle specialist's waiting room in London lifted his spirits while sidelined, before gaining belief in his own comeback as he watched our Belgian winger's excellent form this season, after recovering from his own ankle injury.
'It was a good moment meeting him, and I couldn't let it go past without getting a picture with him.
'My surgeon said he was due in after me. I had no idea and thought he was joking. Sure enough he was literally outside in the waiting room, ready for me to finish. We spoke for a wee bit and he came across as a really nice guy, and asked about my injury and how I was getting on.
'He's been unbelievable this season and it proves no matter what happens you can always come back.'