in #KillieStories July 20, 2018
Steve Clarke hopes Kilmarnock fans will see the fruits of the team's labour after another intensive week's training as we face Dumbarton in the Betfred Cup.
The Rugby Park squad have been put through three double training sessions as they continue to build towards the start of the Ladbrokes Premiership campaign while trying to secure qualification to the next stage of the cup.
A trip to the Rock provides the first Super Killie Away day of 2018/19 with Eamonn Brophy and Adam Frizzell unlikely to be risked due to minor knocks picked up during the week.
Speaking ahead of the game, the manager said he may make changes to the line up which took to the field for last week's season opener against St Mirren.
He said: "I thought physically we finished the game well and stronger than St Mirren, which was good to see and hopefully the work we’ve done this week will show on the pitch on Saturday.
"I might shuffle it up a bit this week because I’ve got a few of players who need to play games and we’ll see what we get."
A midweek friendly with East Kilbride saw several first-team stars return to action with Clarke satisfied to give players a run out against Lowland League opposition.
He added: "The East Kilbride game was actually a Reserve team fixture
that I sort of hijacked a little because I felt some boys, specifically Kris
Boyd and the international players who were in a little bit later, needed time
on the pitch.
"It was a good workout against a good East Kilbride team and it was good for us going forward as we play Spartans on Tuesday but first we have to focus on Dumbarton.
"They (Dumbarton) are big and strong with good delivery from set plays so we’ll need to be on our guard for that but it is up to us to be ready to get the result we need."