Steve Clarke on Spartans, Kris Boyd and squad rotation

Steve Clarke on Spartans, Kris Boyd and squad rotation

in #KillieStories July 23, 2018

Steve Clarke says he won't be taking Spartans lightly when he selects his team to face the Lowland League opponents.

The manager may rotate the squad once more following the head injury suffered by Stuart Findlay and Greg Taylor during the 4-2 win over Dumbarton.

Asked if he had more leeway to change his team due to facing a side outwith the SPFL, Clarke said: "We can rotate the squad but not because of who we are playing. Spartans have been more than competitive and they’ve already picked up points and pushed St Mirren all the way to penalty kicks.

"They’ll be dangerous opponents the same way Dumbarton were and the same way Queen’s Park will be.

 

"Irrespective of who the opponents are then I’ve got players who need some minutes on the pitch so if I need to rotate one or two on Tuesday and again on Saturday then that’s what I can do."

Clarke also praised hat-trick hero Kris Boyd following his decisive contribution on his first competitive appearance of the campaign.

While he hasn't decided what part Boyd will play at Ainslie Park, the boss was full of praise for his captain.

On how long the striker will play on for , Clarke said: "It will be down to Kris and how long he wants to keep going. 

"Since I came to the club he has shown a great hunger and desire to be involved every week, he very rarely misses a training session so really it will come down to how long Kris wants to keep pushing himself to be out there performing every week."

Summer arrival Mikael Ndjoli was also on the scoresheet but the Rugby Park boss felt his side were better in the first half than the second period.

"I thought first half was better than the second half. First half we had good control of the game but we didn’t get the goal when we were on top, which you have to do against teams from the lower leagues. If you get the first goal then normally makes the afternoon a little bit easier.

"To have such good control of the game and not score was disappointing and obviously concede the goal in the manner we did was also disappointing but we responded well."