Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Ask and ye shall receive eh!
Target identified, pursued and persuaded to sign on the dotted line for Ayrshire’s finest.
Big Marvin is not the only bloke in Kilmarnock who was happy as Larry this weekend!
What a coup this is for Killie, Steve Clarke must surely be the most qualified manager we’ve ever appointed, certainly in my lifetime.
Kudos to Messrs Bowie and Kiltie for pulling this off, and still within our budget they said at the press conference on Monday.
The highlight for me though was the sea of smiling faces in the pub in Glasgow on Saturday, and that was before we gave Thistle a football lesson and eased off the bottom of the table.
There were no disappointments on the park but Jones and Frizzell were exceptional, what about that goal!
Clearly the wee man is revelling in being sponsored by Hippo and myself this year.
Yes, I am trying to be funny, but there is no emoji available.
See KFCSA Chairman David Sneddon's interview with Steve Clarke HERE
Monday, 9 October 2017
It is crunch time at Rugby Park with more potential managers getting interviewed than turn up on a Saturday these days.
The board are quite right to be going through a formal vetting process because internal promotion only tends to work when the outgoing manager was successful and we've not had that for a wee while.
The usual suspects have all thrown their hats in the ring and credit to board for being proactive and approaching some top names who they thought might be a good fit.
The bookies are quoting all and sundry so we ran a poll on Killie Kickback and social media to see who the fans fancy among the front runners.
Nearly 900 fans voted and poor old Gus only got one vote so I don’t see him being a popular appointment he's still in a job anyway.
Next up was Jim McIntyre with 6.89% of the vote, Gary Holt on 8.36% and big Mixu trailed in second favourite with 13.67%.
Currits seems more popular as an assistant boss, but we don't pick them, the new manager will; I don't think fans want to see Holt get the job just now as we are in such a precarious position.
The most popular by a country mile was surprise contender Steve Clarke on 70.9%, I’m happy with the fact we’re even talking to someone of his calibre!
Of course by the time you read this we may know already. One thing is for sure, whoever gets the nod we will have to back them 100%.
Monday, 2 October 2017
It has been an eventful week in Kilmarnock with sad events dominating the news.
The untimely passing of club photographer and all-round nice guy Sandy Ferguson was a huge blow to our community and my condolences go to his family and many friends, of whom I was honoured to be one; he will be a huge loss to everyone.
Saturday’s match compounded the misery with a pedestrian performance and a deserved loss which prompted the departure of Lee McCulloch and Peter Leven by “mutual consent”.
Both were decent blokes, but more amiable than effective, and their fate was ultimately decided by poor results.
There can be no doubt that the appointment of a new boss and putting some sort of management structure in place will be crucial to our club and its top-level survival…we need leadership, fast.
There have been a raft of applicants already but some of the names being mentioned are way off base, Billy Bowie has confirmed that we want someone with both experience and tactical knowledge and if we have to pay compensation then we will.
One glimmer of light came from FC Kilmarnock Ladies who won their league and promotion with four matches to go, well done to everyone involved!
Killie Hippo Writes: This weekend saw another home game for Killie but sadly still no sign of our first league win.
We got away to the worst possible start against Dundee and although we salvaged a point, it failed to put a smile on the faces of our beleaguered fans.
The pressure is mounting on manager Lee McCulloch and if we fail to beat Ross County this week the board have a decision to make.
The fixture scheduling sees us with five away games in a row after County and it really is difficult to see where the points are going to come from.
It's never a healthy situation when a club has to continually change managers in a desperate attempt to find some long-term stability but that has been the "Killie way" in recent years.
I genuinely hope McCulloch turns things around but the clock is ticking.
Irony is a cruel mistress as we win what can probably deemed our best point of the season and yet still slipped to the bottom of the league.
No one, including me at my most optimistic (doesn't happen often), honestly thought that we had any chance of taking points from the lamb lovers who are by far and away the second-best team in the league at the moment.
Fortunately, the team didn't get that memo and battled hard to bring a point back to Ayrshire.
This is the kind of grit and determination that we will have to show more often to keep up with the pick and get us back off the bottom of the table.
Kudos of course to each and every Killie fan who made the trip north out of hope and faith rather than anything else, dropping a place was a bitter pill to swallow but form is only temporary and our class will eventually shine through.
Sunday, 1 October 2017
Saturday, 30 September 2017
Sandy Ferguson…son, husband, father, grandfather…policeman, photographer, golfer…we could go on but over and above everything else, to us at KillieFC.com and the fans organisations we represent, he was a great friend and supporter. There are no words to convey how sad we all feel at this time, and that is down to a sense of loss rather than a lack of eloquence, although Sandy in his inimitable style would not be long in telling us the latter.
Sandy had sarcasm down to a fine art but he was quick and funny with it and it would not have been the same not to hear “Whit dae you want noo?” any time he answered the phone. That said of course, he never once let us down and always went that wee bit extra to make sure he had something special for us to publish, and special it was, as was the man himself.
For years Sandy would literally get on his ‘bike’ and travel the length and breadth of the country in rain, hail or shine, to capture the exploits of his and our beloved Kilmarnock Football Club in times good and bad. He had an eye for the right shot that could convey a match in one image and his work for the Kilmarnock Standard and the official and unofficial websites won him the respect of not only the Killie fans but of his professional peers as well, such was his reputation.
It is difficult to sum up a man and his worth in a few short paragraphs, but we are sure that everyone who knew Sandy will appreciate how he loved, and was loved, by his family and his many friends. Our heartfelt condolences go to his nearest and dearest and we sincerely hope that it will be some consolation to appreciate what he meant to so many people and to know that he will never be forgotten in our hearts.
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
We are delighted to unveil details of the next reward we have secured for our Standard and +Plus+ Package Trust in Killie subscribers.
On December 4th 2017, Liam Gallagher will be performing at the SSE Hydro, all Standard and +Plus+ Package subscribers who sign up by the end of September will be entered into a draw to win hospitality for two as guests of Trust in Killie.
The evening includes a three course meal for two in the SSE Hydro, drinks in the Capital FM Starsuite and tickets for this show, which is officially sold out.
The draw will be made once the November subscriptions have been collected.
In light of experiences with previously issued rewards, please note that all sign-ups are entering into a minimum 6 month contract.
Failure to make a minimum of 6 (six) payments without prior consent will result in action being taken to recover the shortfall. (Sadly a few people saw fit to sign up to TIK, were then able to secure tickets for the Ayr game through the Trust, and just cancelled their subscriptions after that match.)
Monday, 11 September 2017
To say the natives are getting restless would be an understatement, the old internet is ringing out for Lee McCulloch’s head as the bad results continue.
This won’t be popular but I say that it is still too early to press the panic button.
Maybe after the Dundee and Ross County games I’ll reconsider!
One thing is certain though, there are a lot of so-called professionals who need a right good kick up the arse, and a lesson on what it means to play for the mighty Kilmarnock FC.
The current squad should have been at the Stars of ’97 lunch on Sunday and had the chance to speak to ex-players who would have run through brick walls for us.
You can bet if Monty had been on the piano it would have been Paper Roses all the way!
The club as a whole lacks leadership…it’s time to bring in Davie Mackinnon or someone of that ilk to help us steady the ship.
Thursday, 7 September 2017
His father Tony, a Killie die-hard, said: "What a week it's been. I've been bursting with the news but wanted to wait until he actually signed. He played as a trialist against St Mirren last weekend and made a really positive impact".
Paul MacDonald and his coaches must agree and are delighted to add Callum to the pro-youth roster at the club. One to watch out for we say!
Tuesday, 5 September 2017
So, the transfer window has now officially slammed shut, although to be technical for us it is still slightly ajar because we are only in the market for freebies.
The midfield maestro we were all hoping for never materialised and surprisingly there were no exits, even loans, despite us having a rather large squad.
That is not to say that we did not strengthen the ‘team’ with Scott McClymont from STV joining the back-room staff as our new marketing and media guru.
If anyone needs good marketing and media right now it is us!
Scott has always been a good guy to deal with and I hope that he gets all the backing he needs to be successful in his new role which he starts on 11th September.
Belated congratulations as well to Allen Kyle on being appointed as our new Supporter Liaison Officer, his predecessor had a tough time of it but Allen is his own man and fortunately won’t have to contend with the same kind of nonsense.
Tuesday, 29 August 2017
So close, but yet so far, I honestly don’t think we could buy a win at the moment!
All those home games in a row did us no favours and won’t make things easier for us later in the season.
One point out of a possible twelve in the league is dreadful form any way you look at it, but it is only one less point than we had last year so there is a long way to go yet.
I think the team after Boomer was substituted is the strongest looking I have seen to date, and with Dicker in there for Smith and Kiltie in the mix I still have some semblance of hope going forward.
I hate singling players out because we all make mistakes, but what was a player of Smith’s experience doing making that challenge?
It cost us the three points, not good enough, I don’t think in our situation this international break will be a good thing, extra training required!
Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Well if nothing else we are consistent, that’s another loss under the belt and our woeful home record continues.
That said, it wasn’t as bad a defeat as many anticipated and other than the goals we lost at the end of either half, we looked pretty organised and going into the last few minutes could well have sneaked a draw.
O’Donnell certainly shaped up and probably had his best game for us so far, and Wilson (the new Fowler?) just gets on with it no matter where he is asked to play.
There is going to be a lot of expectation heaped on Dicker and Kiltie when they return, we should really try and start to put some points on the board before then, starting this Saturday against the Accies.
Support is crucial, the low turnout against the shell suits was disappointing, let’s rally this week and get the season kicked off properly.
Monday, 14 August 2017
I think we can officially say we’ve not had the best start to the season, and we face the strongest team in the league again next week, not one I am looking forward to.
The knives are out for the front line, the midfield, the defence, the management, hell even the pitch is getting it, such is the ire of the of our fans at recent results.
Sadly, I would have to agree with them all…being this bad is a collective effort…and we’re a shamble at times.
We need to find a formation and preferred starting line-up as consistency is key, but there are a few positions that Lee is struggling to fill and that is playing havoc with our game plan and rendering the good individuals we have ineffective as a unit.
In short, it’ll get worse before it gets better, it’s not pretty but we have to try and persevere.
I certainly don’t have all the answers; but I’d start with Erwin up front and Boyd used as an impact sub; Thomas and Jones on the wings with Wilson back as a defensive midfielder until Dicker is fit.
Frizzell will do better with Wilson in there beside or behind him which would leave McKenzie spare to support the front man.
Defence is a real nightmare but I think Taylor can hold his own in there with more support.
Greer has been a steadying influence but Broadfoot has had a nightmare so far so and is suspended so we need to look elsewhere for someone to partner Greer, Higgins?
O’Donnell needs to shape up or ship out, we can’t continue using players out of position to cover.
I’m happy with Jamie Mac or Bell.
We can’t keep changing the manager, being “inexperienced” never hindered Shiels, Williamson or indeed Waddell.
The pitch is too narrow and too dry, but we’re stuck with it for now.
Everyone’s an expert eh! Tell us your opinions on the Killie Kickback forums.
Sunday, 13 August 2017
Hibs Dev 2-3 Kilmarnock
It was a top of the table clash in the SWFL division 1 with the visitors coming away from the capital with 3 points.
The game was played at a frantic pace, and the young hibee's took the lead in the opening five minutes. However Killie responded immediately through Colette Fleming in her first start for the club, following a smashing run and cutback from Munro down the right hand side.
Kirsty McLaughlin then put Killie into the lead, midway through the half slotting past the keeper off the back of a corner kick.
HT 1-2 Kilmarnock
A change of shape for hibs to start the second half, had Killie on the backfoot and under the cosh. A dubious penalty decision drew hibs level ,the striker blasting high past Hunter in the Killie goal.
2-2 and it was game on, edge of the seat stuff with both sides wanting the 3 points.
Kilmarnock got the winner 15 mins from time, and it was Fleming again, who calmly put the ball past an outstretched keeper to seal the win for the visitors.
A brilliant 3 points to consolidate Killies top spot. A huge well done to Stewart and the girls.
Saturday, 12 August 2017
We have have secured, through donation, the sponsorship of Iain Wilson's home shirt for season 2017/18...and we are giving you the benefits!
Everyone who subscribes to our +PLUS+ package before 31st August 2017, and is still a subscriber on 28th February 2018, will be entered into a draw to attend, with a guest, the end of season sponsor’s lunch as guests of our Trust In Killie initiative and will receive Iain's signed home shirt.
Keep an eye out for details of future rewards!
Monday, 7 August 2017
JJ was the manager back in 2008 when we last won our opening fixture (3-0 Hamilton, thanks Dillinger), so we shouldn’t really be surprised that we came away with nothing this time around, even with another JJ in the mix.
For me it’s a formation problem, Lee has a vision of what he wants but with Power’s fitness below par and Dicker still injured we have no real support for Frizzell in there to play at his best.
We look infinitely better without the spare man in the middle and Erwin up front complementing Boyd.
Lee McCulloch has made too many good signings to single them out, and we kept hold of our best players from last year, so I’m confident that despite the sluggish start we will improve when the team has time to gel properly.
Well done to the “Trust In Killie” lads who played in the Legends match at the Open Day on Sunday past; Hooky’s Heroes beat Monty’s Marvels 4-2 and everyone seemed to enjoy the return of the popular fixture.
Wednesday, 2 August 2017
The dinner dance organised by the Kilmarnock FC Supporters Association, the Killie Trust and the junior supporters club, Young Kilmarnock, was attended by the vast majority of the 1997 playing squad and management team. It featured special video messages from Marie Osmond, rock giants Biffy Clyro and of course some cup winning heroes who were unable to attend, and was sold out well in advance.
Jim Thomson of the Killie Supporters Trust said "Although not a fundraising event, such was the success of the evening that we are delighted to be able divide the proceeds between Ayrshire Cancer Support and the three supporter's organisations. Our allocation will help boost the Trust In Killie initiative, which has been set up to purchase 100,000 shares in our Club to secure a fans voice on the KFC Board".
Club photographer Sandy Ferguson was on hand to snap representatives of the organisations with the obliatory comedy sized cheque. Featured are Jim Thomson (Chairman, Killie Trust), Iain Sherry (Supporters Association), Jackie Stanley, Anne Clark (Ayrshire Cancer Support) and Tracey Grant (Young Kilmarnock).
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Cumbernauld Colts 2-3 Kilmarnock
The ladies got back to winning ways after beating Colts at Broadwood Stadium last night. Off to a flyer getting a penalty in the opening minutes after Linzi Taylor was upended in the box. Chloe Ponton stepped up and shot just over the bar, but she quickly made amends in the 11th minute whipping in directly from a corner, not the first time the youngster has done that his season. 1-0 Killie.
Kilmarnock were dominant across the park and increased their lead on the half hour mark through Kirsty Mcglaughlin who blasted home to open her account for Killie 2-0.
Colts had been on the backfoot for most of the half and were looking for the halftime whistle. Killie should have increased their lead throughout the half but missed opportunities.
The second half was a totally different affair with Colts becoming the dominant side using their height and strength to good use. They got their just reward after a long ball was misjudged in defence and Melissa Porter latched onto it and lobbed Hunter in the Killie goal. 2-1.
Colts kept up the pressure and Killie were cracking. Their equaliser wasn't long in coming with a scuffle around the box and Jo Morrison seemed to scuff her shot but it looped over the keeper 2-2.
15mins left to play the tension was incredible. Killie replied almost immediately after a surging run from Linzi Taylor into the box and she was sent crashing to the ground, penalty Killie 77mins. This time Mcglaughlin stepped up cool as you like, despatching the ball past the Colts keeper. 3-2 Killie.
A frantic final thirteen minutes ensued and Colts were desperate to get a draw but Killie held onto their lead. A thoroughly entertaining match full of energy and some excellent football played by both sides in this encounter. Roll on the return fixture in early September.
Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Boroughmuir Thistle 0-5 Kilmarnock Ladies
Kilmarnock got off to the best possible start with Clare Docherty putting pressure on the Boroughmuir keeper and forcing her into a mistake then profited by slotting home in the opening minute of the game. An excellent start and Killie never let the home side into the game for the next 10/15 minutes with constant pressure, but were unable to add to the scoreline. Then midway through the half, a Kirsty Munro strike through a ruck of players ended up in the back of the net. 2-0 Kilmarnock. Just on the stroke of halftime Clare Docherty, who had been a constant thorn in the thistle defence, scored her second of the game to give the visitors a comfortable HT 3-0 lead.
The second half was much the same with Kilmarnock on the front foot and playing the majority of the game in the opposition half. After a series of corners whipped in by Chloe Ponton, Kirsten Rolph got on the end of one and headed strongly past the keeper to make it 4-0 to the visitors. Substitutions came in the form of Taylor and Sanchez being replaced by Telford and Lyttle then Mailley, Higgins and McCluskey came on for Murphy, Munro and Ponton. With all these changes Kilmarnock carried on delivering the same levels of passing, pressing and dominance of the match. They were rewarded in the final minute with Nicole Telford getting on the end of a Laura Lyttle pass and she slotted past the Boroughmuir keeper to end the game 5-0 Kilmarnock.
Coach Stewart Hall was pleased with the attitude and a good team performance today with the team getting back to winning ways and sets us up for next weekend's Scottish cup tie at home to SPL1 team Hamilton Accies.
Saturday, 10 June 2017
All supporters are invited to attend the KFCSA Annual General Meeting in the Park Suite at Rugby Park on Saturday 24th June starting at 1pm.
As well as the normal AGM business, colleagues from the Killie Trust will be in attendance to update everyone on the Trust in Killie initiative, which will result in fan representation on the Club Board.
Club Director John Kiltie, newly appointed manager Lee McCulloch and his assistant Peter Leven will also be there, so there may be news about the new strips, stadium changes, possible new signings, and of course some chat about the first game of the season in the Betfred Cup!
Detailed minutes from last year’s meeting are available HERE
Monday, 5 June 2017
The Annual General Meeting of the Kilmarnock Football Club Supporters' Association will be held in the Park Suite at Rugby Park, starting at 1pm, on Saturday 24th June 2017.
Formal notification will be issued shortly.
Applications are invited for Committee Members and should have a proposer and be seconded.
The current Chairman and Vice Chairman, James Morrison and David Sneddon Jnr, are not seeking re-election and applications (again with a proposer and seconder) are also invited for those positions.
All applications should be submitted to the Secretary Iain Sherry (email@example.com) no later than Saturday 10th June 2017.
Iain will also be pleased to provide any further information or details about being involved with the Committee.
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
The season is well and truly over for us but the football continues with cup finals at all levels and internationals on the horizon.
I may or may not continue the season diary until such times as it is due back in the Scotsman, but if I miss a few here and there I don’t think anyone will mind…be warned, no 140-word restriction on rambling!
I was in to purchase my new season ticket the other day and the ladies in the shop tell me that they are going like proverbial hotcakes with many ‘new’ purchasers and many whom have returned from their self-imposed exile.
That’s great news, but it will take a long time to undo what has been done to our club and let’s not kid ourselves on that we will start getting massive crowds any time soon.
A manager would be nice though, and a chairman.
We do however have a new CEO as ex-club secretary Kirsten Callaghan steps into the breach once more…a great Killie fan and I wish her all the best.
Looking at the board room situation I can’t help but think that we could be doing with a Director of Football type person in there, quickly, so we can be on our toes for next season.
What we need is leadership and someone with some gravitas and football knowledge that can help the directors and the fans during this transitional period.
John Kiltie has intimated to the KFCSA that there could possibly be another appointment announced in the near future, but not who it is or what they are doing, I really hope they have nailed it because getting the right person on board is crucial.
Go get your season tickets if you haven’t already, and join the Trust and subscribe to the Trust in Killie initiative…I’m in!
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
The Committee of KFCSA and the Board of the Killie Trust were surprised to learn of the resignation of former Club Chairman Michael Johnston as both the Company Secretary and a Director of the Club.
Whilst many supporters did not agree with some of his actions and statements it is appropriate to acknowledge Mr Johnston's many years of service to the football club.
Having secured our top-flight status for the 25th consecutive season it is to be hoped that all supporters and the Club Board can now pull together to assist in backing the team and the Club.
There are plenty of ways to show support for the Club and the team – particularly buying season tickets, player sponsorship, advertising etc.
The Trust in Killie initiative is now more important than ever as it will guarantee a supporter representative at full board level who can convey the fans’ viewpoints to the Directors and be part of the decision-making process.
You can sign up to Trust in Killie HERE
With everyone working together and the imminent appointment of a new manager it is time for OUR club to move forward once again.
Monday, 22 May 2017
What an end to the season, I don’t know where to start!
We lost midweek at Motherwell, we hammered them in the first half despite losing an early goal and the full back up against Jones was subbed before he burst into tears, but they made changes and we failed to react.
We lost at home, again, this time to Ross County so we finished the season in eighth place just behind them.
I’d have taken that at the start of the season so well done all concerned.
There was terrible news on the injury front as top talent Greg Kiltie was stretchered off at half time and we await the results of scans to see just how long he will be out this time, get well soon wee man.
Gary Dicker won the KillieFC.com player of the year award - just for most appearances in the match report and season diary adverts! Exciting stuff as J2 nearly caught him on the last day but lost out by just a point.
Four Killie players were named in Scott Gemmill's squad for the Toulon Tournament, yes FOUR, only Celtic had as many which, along with being the only club from the UK in the top 100 lowest (#28) average age first teams in Europe, makes Gordon Parks' article about us at the start of the season laughable.
The KFCSA/Killie Trust/Young Kilmarnock dance in the Grand Hall to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of our Scottish Cup win was a sell out and attended by most of the team including manager Bobby Williamson, who flew in from Kenya.
Top night, well organised, enjoyed by all.
Last but not least we had the resignation of Michael Johnston.
It is sad how it transpired, but I hope we can all eventually look forward to happier times.
Now get out there and buy your season tickets…I want to see you all back next season!
Monday, 15 May 2017
This is one of the quickest appearances as "Boss" ever as we don't normally have time to cover midweek games...so apologies to Calum McGhee for his brief stint in the hot seat! The pressure of securing our place in the top division (again, twenty five times on the trot) is over so will the new Boss decide to blood some youngsters?
After an excellent result and performance at the weekend against Inverness securing our position in the league for 25th season in a row, a fantastic achievement, I have chosen my team for Motherwell. Having played so well on Saturday I am going to stick with mostly the same team that played, but making two changes at centre forward and defensive midfield. I'd quite like to take the last two games seriously and push on and cement our place in seventh. Therefore...
Jamie MacDonald - A good keeper and glad to see him back in goals after an undeserving amount of time out of the team. Jamie has been utterly professional throughout the whole Goalkeeper saga. However, Woodman was a fantastic prospect, and will have great career in football.
Luke Hendrie - Mr. Consistent himself, a smashing player and hopefully a guy we could make a move for at the end of the season as his contract is up with Burnley. Seven out of ten most weeks, a good solid player and has been an excellent signing. Not many wingers have gotten the better of him this season.
Gary Dicker - Player of the season certainly . Not only versatile but a real leader . Next years captain for me no questions. Great professional and glad he has triggered an extra year in his deal . A role model for the rest of youngsters in the squad . Im keeping him in defence because he's been immense in there and to hopefully keep Moult for Motherwell quiet.
Kristoffer Ajer - A breath of fresh air since joining us in January. Tall and athletic and completely composed on the ball. The complete package, he has a great understanding with Dicker in defence, both complimenting each other's game well. I reckon he is the best centre half in the Premier League outside of Celtic. He will have a massive future in the game. Pleasure to watch him in the stripes on his storming runs. The Beckenbauer of Kilmarnock!
Greg Taylor - Another who has been excellent all season. Came on so much since his debut just under a year ago. A young Garry Hay style of left back and an exciting prospect to have. I think with a little more confidence in himself he will be a top player for us. A real tidy player with lots to offer next season. Straight back into the team at expense of young Wilson unfortunately.
Steven Smith - Not always his biggest fan but in this position he breaks up play well and can give it to the more creative players in the team the ball. I would like him to get in around Scott McDonald and stop him being on the ball in the final third. He will be used solely to anchor the midfield and fill in for either full back. This then allowing the four in front of him to support further up the pitch without worrying about being exploited on the break.
Greg Kiltie - Our Lord and saviour. Great to see Greg back in action and hopefully he will be back to his best soon. Exciting prospect and arguably our best player on his day. I would like him to play on the right hand side of my four in midfield. Greg can provide goals and assists from this position, in what I think is an exciting midfield who can all interchange across the park.
Sean Longstaff - A player I think will become an excellent midfielder, he ghosts into great positions and, as you witnessed last weekend, he gets shots away and gets goals. Still only a teenager he would be a player I'd welcome back next season. He has great energy and can spot a pass. Sean will be given the freedom with Frizzell to push on and support our lone striker from midfield. He hopefully will add another goal to his tally on Tuesday.
Adam Frizzell - Adam was excellent at Firhill earlier in the season and hasn't featured much since due to loan signings. I was delighted he played so well and assisted the second goal on Saturday. Hopefully a new start for him in the team from now on. Excellent ability on the ball and always looking to receive it under pressure. My man of the match last week against Inverness. Next season will be a big season for him I think in that advanced midfield position he is dangerous. Makes good decisions and is willing to get stuck in. Frizz and Longstaff work well together, both pressing while Smith anchors the midfield behind them.
Jordan Jones - JJ was extremely frustrating at the start of the season in and out of the team but he has came on so much and an extended run in the team and a few goals has helped his confidence. He is probably our most dangerous player at the moment. His pace and trickery is frightening at times and the way he skinned the boy against Inverness and finished for his goal was excellent. I'd like Jordan to get at the right back on Tuesday and give him hell for the entire game. Come inside and get shots away and get to by line for cut backs.
Innes Cameron - The young boy has had rave reviews, and with Boyd potentially missing out I'd give him his chance with something to prove at centre forward, at the expense of Sammon. He has done well recently away with Scotland U17s, scoring in the Euros for them, and is a big lad. It would be a good learning curve for him in this game against a player like McManus at Motherwell. As a lone striker I'd like him to exploit Motherwell along the channels and get centre backs turning and facing own goals. No more launching it up the park. Playing into space down the side of centre backs and supporting from midfield would be my tactics.
I'd like to keep it tight at the back and express ourselves in the forward areas of the pitch. With no big target man I want little triangles in midfield and the ball given wide to players such as Jones and Kiltie to commit defenders and slip balls in to Cameron and supporting players from midfield. Exploiting Motherwell's lack of pace at the back especially on the counter attack as it may be key. I would like to cement seventh place and that's why I have gone with such a strong eleven instead of possibly dropping a few players. I'd love to see Will Graham get some game time on the pitch at some point, as he's unlucky not to be included in my first eleven. Heard good things about him and his attitude and that he is one of our own makes it even better.
It has been a while since we have been able to do that, especially with games still to go at the end of the season.
It is probably not a good sign that the only thing we have to celebrate these days are getting meaningless end of season fixtures, which we are repeatedly told we hate!
That said, I don’t want to say anything which could be construed as negative as that could send some über fans off the deep end.
Instead I will congratulate both Lees and the sixty odd players who have pulled off what almost every pundit predicted at the start of the season we wouldn’t do…and avoid relegation for the 25th year in a row.
Shame on them.
Do they know who we are?
Given we do not have our troubles to seek its high fives all round to the management and players…well the hell done…and that’s not a prediction for Tuesday’s match hopefully!
Tuesday, 9 May 2017
This week's "Boss" is Irvine Beat FM's Wednesday Night Sessions presenter Ben Grant. Ben is a life-long Killie fan and long time member of KillieFC.com. Ben and wife Lauren are members of the Killie Trust and he's never been backwards in coming forwards as they say...
With a possible play-off place mathematically just about out of reach its time to get over that line and allow the rest of the 'Bosses' a bit of creative freedom in the remaining articles. Coming off a loss against Sky Sports Pundit Neil McCann's Dundee I've made two changes in midfield that will freshen things up and hopefully be enough to find the win at Rugby Park on Saturday.
Jamie McDonald - Our only option now, I was completely against dropping him when Woodman arrived but Freddie put in some great performances and any reservations I had were quickly put to bed. Jamie is a great keeper and will be a safe pair of hands in nets.
Luke Hendrie - Right back has been a bit of a problem area for quite some time but Luke has made this position his own and is probably one for first names on the team sheet.
Stevie Smith - Never thought I would find myself wanting Stevie Smith in any Killie team. Identified as a complete journeyman who looked average at both his times at Rangers. It surprises me how well he's played for us. Leads the team well and a great influence on the younger players in the squad. Would have been at defensive midfield was it not for Greg Taylor's suspension.
Karleigh Osborne - My first choice here was Gary Dicker but again the Taylor suspension has forced me to move him back into midfield, where I prefer him anyway to be fair. Osborne's had a few scary moments but with Addison (who also had more than a few scary moments) gone, we are short in this department - and surely he can't be all bad or we'd never have signed him in the first place? May as well get something for the wages we're paying, who knows, maybe he'll have settled in by now.
Kristoffer Ajer - Looks the absolute part in our defence since arriving in January. An absolute cert for me and I reckon he will be a player we will see Celtic sell on in the future for a great fee.
Gary Dicker - I was in two minds where to include Gary, and I had opted for centre back until, again, I heard that Taylor was out. Dicker has been remarkably versatile and deputised well in defence, but we do seem to lack a certain something when he's not in the midfield so maybe its not such a bad thing that he's going to have move back in there. Solid and dependable, he brings the best out of Ajer in defence, so hopefully he will have the same calming influence in the midfield and we'll stop lumping long balls forward.
Jordan Jones - One of the few signings made by Clark that actually looks a decent player. Able to supply balls into Sammon and Boyd up front from the wings
Greg Kiltie - The best talent we have in our squad, a player who will go far I'm sure. Can make things happen in attack causes defenders problems all game and now with his injury problems behind him should be back in the starting XI.
Cal Roberts - Used more as impact sub since arriving, after Saturday's performance I would mix things up and replace Longstaff with Roberts here. Looked decent against Celtic earlier this season and a good time to freshen things up and give him another chance.
Conor Sammon - Great to see The Fish return was a big fan and followed his progress everywhere he went. Links well with Boydie and allows him to stick to being in around the penalty box to score the goals.
Kris Boyd - No brainer, experience + goals = must start for me. Boyd has taken a bit of stick as he has got older but you can't fault him. Knows where the goal is and that's what we need.
Monday, 8 May 2017
If there is a hard way to do anything, Killie will find it! All we needed was one goal on Saturday and that would have given us a point that would see us out of reach from the play-off spot…but no, it wasn’t to be.
As it now stands there is a 26% chance that we could still have to go through the same nerve-racking end we endured last season. I hate statistics, especially when there are negative connotations.
Dundee just looked more up for the game from the outset and despite a high number of shots on goal as we tried to get back into the game, we were woeful in midfield and toothless up front.
Some of our most consistent players were having an off day and nothing big Lee changed seemed to make any difference. Woodman is now offski but a note to the rest of the players…there are three games to go…you are not on holiday yet.
The club AGM is this Wednesday and despite it being massively late yet again, we are still not safe, we still have no manager and we still have no Chairman. Despite this, as circumstance would have it, I see the ‘board’ getting an easy ride as per usual.
To be fair to Billy Bowie and John Kiltie, things seem to have improved since Johnston has taken a back seat in recent months, surely though that is an indication for them as to the direction the club could be going in if the company secretary were to depart the board completely?
The club and the fans have been sleepwalking through the latter part of this season and complacency on both fronts could spell trouble for the mighty. We have to waken from this stupor and start making hard decisions which will hopefully build on any opportunities we can create for ourselves.
Join the Trust, contribute to the ‘Trust In Killie’ initiative if you can…the club can’t do this alone.
Friday, 5 May 2017
Cathy has served as both the local Member of Parliament at Westminster and Member of Scottish Parliament at Holyrood for 16 years. During that time she held Ministerial positions in both parliaments. Cathy is now Chief Executive of a Children's Services organisation in the UK and Ireland and serves as a voluntary Director of Scotwest Credit Union
Being passionate about supporter involvement and ownership, Cathy joined the Killie Trust at the outset in 2003. She is on the Board of the Scottish Football Supporters Association and keen that Scottish football can learn from what is happening elsewhere in Europe to give fans a greater voice in the game.
The Killie Trust launched the Trust in Killie (TiK) initiative in April. TiK aims to raise £100,000 for the purchase of shares to secure a Supporter-Director on the board of Kilmarnock Football Club and provide funding for the club on an ongoing basis thereafter. The Trust will outline TiK in a presentation at the Kilmarnock Football Club AGM on Wednesday 10th May.
Jim Thomson, Chairman of Killie Trust said, ‘Cathy’s drive, knowledge and network will complement and enhance those of the existing Trust board members to ensure that the TiK vision becomes a reality as quickly as possible. She is an exceptional talent to have with us at this exciting time.’
Tuesday, 2 May 2017
This week's "Boss" is Robert Scott who was recruited from the ranks of the "killie fc 1869" Facebook group for Killie fans. All we can say is according to young Robert there are a lot of no-brainer selections in the team...that was handy! 😆
Freddie Woodman - Speaks for it's self this one after last week's performance. Two outstanding saves from that wee cretin Imrie. Getting better with every game.
Luke Hendrie - As with Woodman this is a no-brainer as he has made the spot his own and with the talk of the other 90 right backs being released then he has to be in there.
Gary Dicker - Formed a budding partnership with Ajer. Once again Dicker was outstanding against Hamilton with a couple of vital blocks and is for me the player of the season. A leader from the back and a model pro to the young boys.
Kristoffer Ajer - Ajer has been great since coming in and there is a future international in there for me. Great in the air and not scared to put in a challenge.
Greg Taylor - No-brainer this one, young player of the year for me and his maturity is well beyond his years. Solid defensively and can attack as well.
Sean Longstaff - Longstaff again has been great since coming and has great vision for a pass as well as chipping in with a goal or two.
Steven Smith - Stevie is in there as the more defensive of the two central midfielders, and that wand of a left foot speaks for itself.
Conor Sammon - His pace out wide can cause problems to most full backs and although he is not the best at crosses, he seems to be in the right areas to pick up scraps as proved last week for his goal.
Jordan Jones - My man crush if I'm honest. He has finally shown his potential in the last two or three games and he is grabbing goals as well - which was the part of his game he was missing. A nightmare for full backs too, and he will only get better.
Greg Kiltie - Need the wee man on from the start to show his outstanding talent. Unfortunate with injury this season but the one player for me who can change a game in a flash and if given the nod he can be the match winner.
Kris Boyd - Boomer for me here as he is always going to be a goal threat and a nuisance for centre halves with his power and grit. Should link well with Kiltie and for me the only man for this role.
Saturday isn't a must win. I reckon a point should be about enough but none the less let's go out and get the win and put in a performance!
Monday, 1 May 2017
I don’t know exactly how often we hear in the media about how ‘bad’ our support is, but it is all too frequent.
Hamilton reported that we had just under half of the 2,482 attendance, but in all honesty, when you consider that there were many Killie fans in the main stand as well, there were probably more of us than them; which merited not one mention.
The fantastic support was rewarded with a goal from a cool corner, the fish putting another one in the net, and notice was posted that we now have the ability to win ugly…possibly for the first time since Stevie Fulton retired.
Dicker was outstanding in a resolute defence as both he and Freddie Fingers pulled out all the stops to ensure a clean sheet, leaving us a whisker from guaranteed safety.
We should really try and clone the Irishman, because he’s sorely missed in the midfield when he’s deputising at the back! I'm delighted to see him extend his contract.
Tuesday, 25 April 2017
This is not necessarily a must-win game, but as I said earlier, it is definitely a must-not-lose game so we have to keep things tight and close Accies down as much as possible, without reverting to long balls and by-passing the midfield. I'm challenging my assistant (and driver) Andy Clark to take the hot seat next week when I'm otherwise engaged.
The results of the KFCSA survey regarding season ticket renewal have now been reviewed and analysed; sadly, the gathering of data on match days had to be curtailed as a mark of respect due to the sudden and untimely passing of Mrs Joanne Johnston - wife of Company Secretary Michael Johnston.
• 197 non season ticket holders responded with 89% stating they'd be more likely to buy a season ticket if Michael Johnston was no longer part of the board of the football club.
• 420 season ticket holders responded with a total of 66% either undecided or stating they would not renew if Mr Johnston was still part of the board.
• Concerningly, 47% stated they will not renew if Mr Johnston continues to be part of the board of Kilmarnock FC.
• 34% of the season ticket holders who responded would renew regardless of Mr Johnston's position.
In summary, approximately two thirds of season ticket holders who took part were either undecided on renewal or indicated they wouldn't renew if Mr Johnston continues as part of the board. Also, almost 90% of the non season ticket holders were much more likely to buy a season ticket if Mr Johnston is not involved on the board.
The survey indicates there is clearly significant customer dissatisfaction with the existing board arrangements and Mr Johnston's role in our club. Following those results a statement from the KFCSA Committee regarding season ticket renewal will be issued in the next few days.
Monday, 24 April 2017
The Trust in Killie initiative launch went well last week, we will see at the end of the month when the first payments come off just how well.
Make no mistake, this is the most important thing to happen at the club since the stadium debentures back in Fleeting’s day and its success will be a barometer for just how much the fans want to help turn things around.
Fifteen or twenty-five quid a month is not a fortune when you look at how little it can buy you these days, but it is still a lot to some families and as far as priorities go we understand that family should always come first.
If it’s not something you can get involved with at the moment, then you can still do your bit by joining the Trust and sharing and liking all the TIK related stuff on social media.
I weighed up my options and decided to cancel Sky and sign up for TIK instead, and if you tell them you are cancelling because they crapped all over Scottish football they won’t keep bothering you either!
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Control. Such an important factor in all things football and it seems to be something that we sorely lack.
The Trust in Killie initiative launch went well on Friday night. That is about having control of our own future and safeguarding the club for generations to come.
On the park, it seems to have given way for power and athleticism and it is frustrating to watch at times.
Let’s be honest though, despite another clean sheet and a point against a top six team, Friday’s draw with Hearts was devoid of much skill or excitement. It wasn't the worst I've seen by far but it was a bit of a yawn-fest.
Watching countless players either lumping the ball up the park or running straight at the opposition until such times as someone steps in and takes the ball off them or they crash straight into them is a wee bit tedious.
Both teams were guilty of this, both teams failed to score with us failing to get a single shot on target.
Still, we have a young team, they are still learning, let’s keep our moaning to the forums and get behind them on match days.
I happened to be in a local hostelry on Easter Sunday when the Manchester United versus Chelsea match was on...and found the missing Killie generation!
Dozens of young lads in their late teens and early twenties, shouting and cheering at the TV box like they'd been born in Blackley or in the shadow of Stamford Bridge, many of whom, from their comments it would appear, have never seen a live match in their puff.
Sickening it was. I can't remember seeing one of those faces at any Killie games, never mind the Hearts game less that 48 hours previous.
I suppose you can't blame these sons of Sky as they have been spoon fed the self-appointed 'greatest league in the world' from an early age while the SPFL and SFA have steadfastly refused to accept change or the fact that we need to do better to keep fans interested and attract new blood.
I appreciate it can be good to watch some of the most skilful players in the world, given what's happening in our game, but I fail to understand the show of allegiance and loyalty to teams which are literally in another country, from the one we should be taking an interest and a pride in.
Things have to change or this won't be the last generation that goes missing.
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
"We go into Friday night's game against a team who blow hot and cold. We need to take advantage of that and take the game to them. Press high up the park and don’t give them time or space to play. An early goal to settle us down and go from there. We need a win before the split to give ourselves a better chance. Back the team...KTID."
Freddie 'Fingers' Woodman – In recent games he has shown how good a keeper he is. Made a few crucial saves for us. Just one criticism, he needs to take control of his box more and talk to defenders. Good pair of safe hands.
Greg Taylor – What can you say about this kid. Improving with every game and can only get better. Good left peg and engine. Links up well with Jones.
Scott Boyd – Experience in rear ranks which we badly need. Good in the air and talker. A leader from the back.
Kristoffer Ajer – This young lad has an experienced head on his shoulders. Good all rounder and comfortable with the ball at his feet. Needs someone to go beyond him.
Luke Hendrie – Mr. Reliable. Like Taylor he has a good engine. Solid at the back and going forward.
Gary Dicker – Most improved player this season for me. Starting to be a leader in the middle of the park. Our new midfield general. Good reading of the game and passing.
Jordan Jones – Has the pace to cause any defender problems. Only thing he lacks is a final cross ball or shooting but that will come hopefully.
Iain Wilson – This young lad is growing in confidence and stature either as CD or CM [old champ manager kicking in there dude?]. Good on the ball and in the tackle.
Cal Roberts – Hasn't had much game time but I like his drive and directness. Running at defenders and has the skill to cause problems.
Greg Kiltie - Our talisman. Good to see Greg back. I would play him in a free role just off Boydie. Give him support and go beyond Boyd for his flick ons.
Kris Boyd – The big man can still score goals but needs help and better service from wide. His hold up and link play is good but needs someone to go beyond him. Step up Kiltie.
"In this team we have pace on the wings, solid in the middle and at the back. Wingers need to stay wide to stretch Hearts, giving Kiltie the freedom in the middle of the park to back up Boyd and get the goals".
Monday, 10 April 2017
Well that’s the double header against the Glasgow teams out of the way and I can’t say it’s a bad thing not having to listen to their ‘party tunes’ for a while, seeing as we have now been consigned to the bottom six.
Maybe we should find out from the SPFL how they miraculously manage never to hear any sectarian singing and employ the same method?
The midweek game against Glasgow’s new boys was a bit disappointing as they managed to hang on for a draw, that will have given them a morale boost for their trip to Aberdeen.
Our trip to Celtic Park though was never going to be easy, to the extent that Lee rested Kiltie and Boyd for the Hearts game on Friday.
We still gave them a fright with an equaliser but ultimately battling, and losing, was no disgrace.
Don’t forget the ‘Trust in Killie’ Initiative launch in the Sports Bar from 6:30pm on Friday (14th), this is the start of a new era at the club and it’s time for the fans to rally and be counted.
Thursday, 6 April 2017
But just who could accomplish such an impossible mission? Well, only eleven of the finest athletes available to mankind could ever think of taking on such a task… and if they’re not available then it will just have to be the sorry bunch that I’ve chosen below!
Seriously though, what an opportunity for Killie to inflict the first defeat on this year’s champions. I’ve gone with a 4-5-1 formation to achieve this feat. Hopefully, the following team will go down in history!
Freddie Woodman - He will most probably be the busiest player over the 90 minutes, but he could also be the biggest hero. If Woody is on his game then we may well have a chance.
Luke Hendrie - A no-brainer! ‘Mr Consistency’ is a stick-on but he will have to be at his best to cope with Tierney’s driving runs down the left wing.
Scott Boyd - Scott has done really well since arriving from Ross County and his aerial presence may reap rewards from a set-piece. He didn’t play against Rangers so will be fresh for this one.
Iain Wilson - I thought about bringing Osbourne back in to replace Ajer (who is ineligible to play against his parent club) but decided on Wilson who has been a great utility player for us. The occasion won’t faze this young man and he could be the player to frustrate the Celtic strike force.
Greg Taylor - No surprises here as young Taylor has been a revelation recently. He will need to match the runs of Forrest carefully though.
Gary Dicker - I thought about switching the Captain to centre half but felt that he would be better placed in front of Boyd and Wilson where he can organise things around him. Dicker will cover the right side of the defensive midfield partnership and his level-headedness and organisation will be key to keeping Scott Brown and co out.
Martin Smith - I’ve brought Smith in from the cold to partner Dicker. He will need to watch the runs made by Forrest and Roberts and work closely with Dicker to frustrate his opponents. Martin always gives 100% and this could be a good chance for him.
Jordan Jones - The man with the perfect first touch, and a shot that wouldn’t wake a sleeping baby. Jordan has come on to his game recently and just needs a goal. Could this be his time to shine? His manager will also want him to defend when he hasn’t got the ball and stop Celtic rampaging down the wing – this could be key to keeping the game tight.
Callum Roberts - I’m a big Newcastle fan and many Toon fans have been raving about this guy for ages. It’s just not happened for him so far but I’m going to throw him in instead of his fellow Geordie, Longstaff. If he can regain some confidence then he is more than capable of running in behind Tierney and bagging a goal. However, he also needs to defend better when he doesn’t have the ball.
Greg Kiltie - Kiltie is the man to open up any team with his driving runs. This could be his opportunity to show Killie fans what they’ve been missing for the last seven months, playing in behind the sole striker.
Connor Sammon - I’m one of Kris Boyd’s biggest fans but feel this game is not for him. He needs a rest and busting a gut on his own up front won’t do him any favours. So, I’ve chosen The Fish up front to make runs in behind their defence and hope that Kiltie plays him in. Fish fingers crossed!
Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Killie supporters can help make history next week by backing a campaign to have a fan-elected Director join the board of Kilmarnock FC.
‘Trust in Killie’ will be launched at the club’s Good Friday (14/4/17) match against Hearts. Organised by the Kilmarnock Supporters Society (also known as The Killie Trust), the campaign aims to raise £100,000 to purchase unallocated shares in the club.
It follows an agreement made last year with Kilmarnock FC’s board which would see a Supporters Society representative take a seat on the club’s Board of Directors. As well as giving fans a real voice in the operational running of the club, the elected Supporter Director will ensure there is a meaningful link between the board and fans, whilst providing a stepping stone towards greater community ownership. Now, with due diligence completed and with the full support of the club, the Trust in Killie campaign will be launched at Rugby Park next Friday.
Jim Thomson, Chairman of the Killie Trust and John Kiltie, Director of Kilmarnock FC, will be joined by ex-players at the Sports Bar to get the 'Trust in Killie' campaign officially underway.
Fans will be able to sign up for Standard (£15 per month), Plus (£25 per month) or Premium (one off contribution, limited to 20 contributors) packages, with benefits ranging from their name on the Trust in Killie history board, to entry into prize draws for ‘money can’t buy’ memorabilia. Once the £100,000 is raised, the cash will be invested into the club through the purchase of unallocated shares, and the Killie Trust will take a seat on the Board. This will be filled by a Supporter Director elected by members of the society.
Jim Thomson said: “After many years hard work, much negotiation and considerable due diligence, the Kilmarnock Supporters Society is delighted to finally be launching our fundraising campaign for a seat on the Board of Directors. This is an historic opportunity to affect meaningful change in the club we all love and care passionately about, to re-energise the supporter community, and to safeguard the future of the oldest professional club in Scotland. We’ll also be unveiling details of our Trust in Killie History Board which will carry the names of the first fans to sign up for the campaign.”
A spokesman of Kilmarnock FC, added: “The Board of Kilmarnock Football Club have been working with The Killie Trust to help shape 'Trust in Killie' and are delighted to support this initiative. The inclusion of a Supporter Director on the football club board is an exciting prospect for us, the supporters and community.”
Date: Friday 14th April 2016
Place: Sports Bar, Rugby Park
The launch will be attended by:
• Jim Thomson - Chairman, Killie Trust
• Andrew Millar - Secretary, Killie Trust
• Peter Telfer - Board Member, Killie Trust
• Garry Hay - Ex-Player
• Gary Holt - Ex-Player
• John Bourke - Ex-Player
• John Kiltie - Director, Kilmarnock Football Club
• Billy Bowie - Director, Kilmarnock Football Club
Tuesday, 4 April 2017
Brownings the Bakers have announced a partnership with KillieFC.com which will see them as the main sponsor for the online portal which incorporates the The Kilmarnock Supporters' Society (Killie Trust), The Kilmarnock Football Club Supporters' Association, FC Kilmarnock Ladies, Young Kilmarnock and the website and forums itself.
Brownings were a major sponsor and supplier of Kilmarnock Football Club until April 2016 when the two businesses parted ways.
John Gall, Managing Director of Brownings the Bakers said: "As a lifelong Killie fan and local businessman I have always relished the fact that I have been able to contribute to the club. Times have changed and we are no longer directly involved with the club, but now we have the opportunity to support Kilmarnock and the supporters in another way. When we were asked to sponsor the KillieFC.com website it was a very easy decision to make".
The partnership kicks off from today and will see Browning’s branding across KillieFC.com.
Jim Thomson, Killie Trust Chairman said: "The Killie Trust are delighted that Browning's the Bakers, such a prestigious local family company, have agreed to sponsor the KillieFC.com community for the foreseeable future. This financial security will allow the online portal to expand its vision to be the best football supporter’s website in the country and we're proud to work in partnership with Brownings towards this goal."
James Morrison, KFCSA Chairman added: "The website has come on leaps and bounds since all the fans organisations joined together online. It is great to see an award-winning business like Brownings financially supporting a community project such as this."
Monday, 3 April 2017
As we approach the final three fixtures before the infamous 'split' it does seem that a couple of things have happened under interim manager Lee “Jig” McCulloch:
A. We have stopped playing Lockey’s Lotto or Clarkey’s Bingo each week which means we’ve been playing a fairly settled side.
B. All games have been close so far with only the game at Perth being decided by more than one goal.
So with the next visitors to Rugby Park being a team from Govan under new management what changes (if any) should be made? I’m assuming that Stevie Smith will not return fit in what has been an injury-plagued season and this line up would start in 4-2-3-1 but could easily change to change to 4-4-2.
Freddie Woodman - This will be the biggest test yet for the youngster from Newcastle with a serious work out also likely at the weekend. Like others I feel sorry for Jamie Mac (particularly as my business sponsors his away strip!) but young Freddie has only really cost us one goal which was at Dens Park.
Lee Hendrie – Our most dependable right back since Gus and here’s hoping we can either sign him permanently or on another loan deal next season.
Scott Boyd – Reliable and dependable and Ross County’s loss has been very much our gain.
Kristoffer Ajer – Been outstanding since he joined in January. So committed and a leader and motivator which is quite something for a lad so young. Whilst I’d prefer to develop our own talent I’d love to see him spend next season with us on loan.
Greg Taylor – The next “Hooky” in so many ways and an obvious choice for our Young Player of The Year. One wee point is I wonder who he’ll tackle on Wednesday night with no Barton to crunch?
Gary Dicker – Seemed to be doing alright this season until he formed the defensive partnership with Ajer but has been terrific ever since both in defence and midfield. Player of The Year for me – and for lots of other Killie fans.
DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER (Tracking Runners)
Rory McKenzie – Does a lot of unseen work in tracking back and blocking tackles. Frustrates many fans but clearly has the skill and ability as shown in the Perth match I mentioned earlier where he scored from about Dunkeld!
Jordan Jones – May be adventurous to play him in this game but his defensive game has improved as has his directness. His Man of The Match game in the Highlands on Saturday convinced me he should start.
Sean Longstaff – After Saturday I can only think this lad will be wearing gloves in May! Seriously he looks shattered after 15 minutes every game but his running and passing could well hurt a fragile Rangers back-line.
LEFT WING (Second Striker)
Conor Sammon aka The Fish – Wish he’d use his obvious physical presence a bit more but has done really well since re-joining his beloved Killie. Another lad I’d hope will be here next season.
Kris Boyd – Written off so many times by fans from both Govan and Killie in the past few seasons but he keeps proving his doubters wrong by doing what he has always done and that’s putting the ball in the net.
The only real decision I had was whether to start Greg Kiltie but I’d bring him on after an hour perhaps for Longstaff or possibly Rory depending on how the game is going. #KTID