Feb 15 2013 by David Wren, Kilmarnock Standard
Killie boss Kenny Shiels is delighted with the performances of some of his youngsters in recent games.
The manager has made no secret that younger players would be introduced in coming weeks but even he is impressed with how some of his youth players have adjusted to the SPL.
He told the Standard: “You never know with the younger guys, you’re taking a risk introducing them.
“You trust your judgement and you trust the players and we’ve thought these players were ready so we have brought them in. Saying that, though, I have been pleasantly surprised with just how well they’ve done.”
Killie started against Celtic last week with only two players over the age of 24 and almost caused yet another upset in Glasgow.
And with the news that Cillian Sheridan would be out for six weeks it meant Shiels would again have to turn to youth to fill the gaps in his side.
But William Gros turned in a Man of the Match performance on Saturday and Shiels admits he won’t be quick to add senior players to his starting 11 if his youngsters are performing well.
He said: “It doesn’t matter what age you are, for me, it’s about how well you are playing and how committed you are to the cause.
“We have 14 senior outfield players and then the kids so we have a well balanced squad.” Killie have a tough week ahead as they were set to play Inverness on Wednesday and then face Hearts tomorrow at Tynecastle.
The manager thinks it will be a tough set of games for the team but he believes they can build on the positive start to February.
He said: “We face a couple of tough games over the next wee while.
“We will look to build on the positive start we’ve made this month and even though we have two of our senior players out we have a chance.”
If results go Killie’s way, two wins from their next two games could see them propel well into the top six and continue their climb up the table.
Tickets for Killie’s game against Hearts on Saturday are still available from the club shop.
●See page 110 for details on buses travelling to the match.