Friday, 12 February 2016

Be The Boss - Sandy Armour

It's time once again for Be The Boss, the feature where we throw someone in at the deep end and ask them who they'd pick in their first XI for that weekend's game. This week we asked the man behind the Killie Hippo, Sandy Armour, to pick his XI for Saturday's game against Motherwell and give his reasons...

GK: Jamie MacDonald
I fancy this is probably the one pick that every single Killie fan can agree with... well maybe not. Jamie has been Locke's outstanding import and looks a surefire winner of the POTY gongs this season. I dread to think where we would be without his consistent brilliance but let's hope he can have a very quiet afternoon in Motherwell.

RB: Lee Hodson
Right back has been a problem area for many years now so Lee has the chance to make the position his own. He made his debut last week at Ibrox and after a hectic opening period he had a steady game. I hope he will only get better as he gets to know his team mates better.

LB: Stevie Smith
This was the hardest decision as neither Smith or McHattie have been totally convincing. I've opted for Smith as he may be slightly better defensively although if it had been a home game I may have gone for big Kev. Jig made him captain last week so I fancy he will start again tomorrow.

CB: Conrad Balatoni
The big defender had an outstanding game at Ibrox and like McDonald has been a good signing for us. It's been difficult as our biggest problem all season has been defending well as a unit however Balatoni has been as good as any of our defenders. He looks like captain material to me so I predict he will be wearing the armband by the start of next season.

CB: Stuart Findlay
The big Celtic loanee is young and raw but the talent is there and along with Balatoni he forms our best pairing in the centre of defence. It's hard to say if Celtic will take him back or if he will be replaced by an overpriced foreign import, if thats's the case I'd be happy to keep him.

CM: Gary Dicker
The other player who made his debut at Ibrox had a fairly quiet game yet showed enough to hint that he may be a good option in the holding role. He looks like a player who likes to keep things simple and once he gets to know Slater's game they will hopefully prove to be a well balanced partnership.

CM: Craig Slater
With the departure of Eremenko and Clingan last summer, Slater was left as our only creative midfielder. He didn't do well last week but I highly rate him and it's a concern that he hasn't yet signed a new deal. Hopefully a new boss will realise his ability and get him signed up.

AM: Rory McKenzie
Like Slater he has yet to put pen to paper and I've no doubt will have his admirers at other clubs. he has been one of our better players this season although injury has hampered him in recent months. He is good for a goal or two as well so the sooner he is back to full fitness the better for all of us.

AM: Aaron Splaine
With Higginbotham suspended I would give young Aaron a chance to shine again. He did well last season and can consider himself unlucky that he hasn't had more chances. It will be interesting to see if our new boss is keen to give youth a chance.

AM: Greg Kiltie
The wee man was excellent at Ibrox and covered every blade of grass. He is a handful for any defender with energy, pace and no lack of skill. I can see him picking up where he left off last week and my tip is to get on GK for first scorer.

ST: Josh Magennis
The big man has had a fine season and when we play with one striker he is the obvious selection. He has added goals to his game this season and I look forward to see him get his chance at the Euro finals. Another player who must be a nightmare to play against when he is in full flow.

Finally I would like to publicly apologise to Mark O'Hara who I rate highly so if Dicker doesn't cut it in the holding role I would stick young Mark there as a direct replacement... 'Mon the Killie!!

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