Chris Burke: Everybody is learning from Steve Clarke

Chris Burke: Everybody is learning from Steve Clarke

in #KillieStories March 17, 2018

Chris Burke says Killie boss Steve Clarke is one of the most impressive managers he's ever worked under.

The 34-year-old former Scotland international won trophies with Rangers under Alex McLeish and Walter Smith and has also worked under current Brighton boss Chris Hughton.

Killie have only lost three matches from 24 under Clarke's guidance and Burke is enjoying working under the Rugby Park boss.

He said: "I've been fortunate enough to work with some good managers and this manager here is up there with the best I've worked with.

"What he's done here is a magnificent achievement. We were bottom of the league and we hadn't won a game when he signed on. What you look at with a manager is 'has he improved the players?' And he has, hasn't he? Long may that continue.

"I think everybody, whether they are a young or experienced player, has learned a lot from him. I've said to the young layers before that when the manager is talking to them to take it all in like a sponge.

"You never know when you'll get a chance like this again. It's fantastic to see the young players improve every day in training and in games."

Killie's run has included two victories and two away draws against Celtic and Saturday's opponents Rangers and Burke sees no reason to fear the league's top two.

Asked about the team's ability to handle the pressure of playing at Celtic Park and Ibrox, Burke replied: "Well we've shown haven't we? The manager has come in and we have a good record against Celtic and Rangers since he arrived and long may that continue.

"It will be difficult, Rangers are a different breed since we last played them. They've improved a lot under Graeme Murty in terms of performances and results.

"When any manager steps in you always see a reaction from players and the team picking up and doing well. They can get positive results in the beginning and then tail off but it shows how good the manager is here that we've sustained our results over a long period.

"We are consistent and I don't think we'll change. We'll play the way we play, do the things we do and pick up results until the end of the season as I'm very confident in the team."

Having scored the equaliser last time out at his old ground, Burke wants to play his part in helping Killie gain a top six spot.

That feat could be achieved if Killie return from Govan with three points while Celtic get the better of Motherwell at Fir Park.

Burke added: "I'm desperate to play in any game no matter what. Hopefully I can play a part on Saturday as I've wanted to do in previous weeks.

"It [reaching the top six] would be success. We have to concentrate and not get ahead of ourselves and that's something we've been very good at doing since the manager came in.

"We look at the game ahead and we don't think we're better than we are. We've still not earned that right to be top six but if we do then it'll be success."