Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Be The Boss - Peter Telfer

Having managed Kilmarnock many times before (on Football Manager), it’s great to be back in the hot seat for this week's game against Dundee. I’ve just come back from sunning myself in Malta watching Scotland and I’m expecting similarly warm temperatures as we head to the East coast of Scotland…

It’s another big game following a strong performance against The Rangers. There were lots of positives to take from the match but the red card for Greg Taylor means that I will have to stick my neck on the line and make at least one change.

Dundee (Tannadice and Dens Park) is not a city where I’ve seen many great performances from Killie, although who can forget the time Sammy Boutal scored his one and only goal for the Mighty. We had a good performance there last season at around a similar time of the year and with Dundee losing a couple of key players, there is no reason why we can’t do the same again.

I’m going to revert to the 4-4-2 that worked for us in the comeback against Hamilton and I think it will allow us to take the game to Dundee a bit more.

GK: Jamie MacDonald
Might have kept out Tavernier's free kick on another day but an absolute no brainer to have our Supporters' Player of the Year between the sticks.

LB: Stevie Smith
He scored a good goal at Dens last season and I’m keeping him in the team for more of the same.

RB: Luke Hendrie
Right back has been a problem position but he looked solid against Rangers and a good addition.

CBs: Will Boyle & Johnny Burn
New signing Scott Boyd will have to wait for his debut as both did well against the experienced Kenny Miller and they will need to be at the same level to keep out Mark O’Hara who will feel he has a point to prove.

RM: Adam Frizzell
A really good prospect who for his height isn’t scared to get stuck in and is tricky with the ball at his feet.

LM: Jordan Jones
Arguably the best signing and a flair player that can be exciting and frustrating in the same move. He comes in for Greg Taylor.

CM: Dean Hawkshaw
Took the Rangers game in his stride and a really tidy player. Another product of the youth system who has real potential. Not that Kilmarnock bring anything to the SPFL if you were to believe Fergus McCann.

CM: Gary Dicker
On his day, a really solid midfielder but his form can be inconsistent. He really got around the pitch against Rangers and if he does that every week will keep his place.

ST: Souleymane Coulibaly
With Greg Kiltie injured for a few weeks, I’m going for Super Couley. Hopefully he is refreshed enough following his International exertions for the Ivory Coast.

ST: Kris Boyd
I felt he struggled to find form last season but with two goals already this season, it would be great to get him into double figures.

Subs – Devlin McKay, Charlee Adams, George Green, Scott Boyd, Martin Smith, Flo Bojaj, Dapo Kayode

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