Livi test will be toughest of season so far, says boss

Livi test will be toughest of season so far, says boss

in #KillieStories August 10, 2018

Steve Clarke says Saturday's trip to Livingston will Kilmarnock's toughest test of the season so far.

Killie head to the Tony Macaroni Arena to face Livi on league duty for the first time on league duty since 2006.

Kenny Miller's men started the campaign with a 3-1 loss to champions Celtic but remain on a high following their promotion through the play-offs. 

"I think it will be one of our most difficult games of the season," Clarke said.

"Livingston's first game back in the Premiership, in front of their own crowd, on a new surface, they will want to start really well.

 

"They will gloss over their defeat at Celtic Park last week because they will expect most clubs to lose at Celtic Park this season, so they will be looking to get their season up and running this weekend."

The manager also discussed Lee Erwin's potential departure from the club.

"It is a large wage increase for him and if everything goes the way we think it will go, he will leave us and go to Iran.

"He started the last game for us and I think three of the four League Cup games so he was in the plans for the season.

"It is football, the way it is. I am not going to stand in the way of someone who wants to leave the club because they have been offered a really good contract somewhere else.

"So we have to deal with that and look to find a replacement if I can but I think I have replacements in the building.

"Greg Kiltie, not on the pitch last week, can play that position, Mikael Ndjoli, Eamonn Brophy can play as a second striker so we have plenty of cover in the building."