Steve Clarke happy to see forwards firing on eve of Ladbrokes Premiership season

Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke reckons his attacking players could not be in finer fettle as they prepare for the start of the Ladbrokes Premiership season.

The Ayrshire side warmed up for the visit of St Johnstone on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Queen’s Park that secured safe passage into the knockout stages of the Betfred Cup.

The two forwards that started the match – Eamonn Brophy and Kris Boyd – both got on the scoresheet and Clarke reckons that can only be a real positive for his team.

“That’s all four of our recognised forwards scored already for us this season,” he explained. “Kris Boyd and Mikael Ndjoli have seven between them so they’re certainly full of confidence.

“Eamonn has picked up a little injury so it was important for him to start today and get as many minutes under his belt as possible. The goal was a reward for the work he put in today.”

Clarke also admits that he would love to go deep into the competition that the Rugby Park side won back in 2012.

“If you’re in any competition you want to go as far as possible,” he added. “You look at Motherwell last season, making two cup finals and you realise that it can be done.

“There is a pathway to the final if the draw is kind to you and you turn up on the days in the cup ties.

“We’re looking forward to the next round but before we get there we’ve got two league games and then we play the next round of the cup on a Saturday – which is another strange foible of the Scottish game.“

Football Paradise Staff Reporter

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