Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels has backed new signing Kris Boyd to enhance his squad during the striker’s second spell at Rugby Park.
Kilmarnock 1-1 Aberdeen
Kilmarnock - Heffernan (40)
Aberdeen - Fallon (7)
Boyd, who scored 164 goals across spells with Killie and Rangers between 2001 and 2010, re-signed before Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Aberdeen in Ayrshire.
“It was great to get him in and it’s great to have that type of person back in the squad,” said Boyd. “He will be back in with us on Monday and we will work from there. It’s self-explanatory what he will bring to us – he is the top scorer of all time in the SPL era. There’s a hunger there and I can see that, I think he’s an excellent professional who has served the game well.”
Kilmarnock, though, were fortunate to claim a share of the spoils against the Dons. Rory Fallon’s brilliant volley gave Aberdeen the lead they deserved before Paul Heffernan got Kilmarnock back on terms five minutes before half-time.
Aberdeen passed up a number of good chances to grab a vital second goal and were denied a penalty with 15 minutes remaining when Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell appeared to foul Niall McGinn in the penalty area.
Shiels would not be drawn on the controversial decision, saying: “I’m trying very hard to discipline myself not to speak about referees. I’m not allowed to speak about referees and I’m not allowed to speak about other teams because they’ll fall out with me.”
McGinn was baffled after receiving a yellow card for diving in the incident. “In my own eyes and in the eyes of a few of the Kilmarnock players too it was a stonewall penalty – I think the referee was the only person inside the ground that didn’t think it was a penalty,” he said.
“But being a professional footballer you just have to get on with things.”
His manager was equally adamant a penalty should have been given and said he feared the failure of the referee to award it could have implications for where his side finish in the table. “I’ve seen it again and it’s without a doubt a penalty and a red card,” said Brown.
“I’ve been told by (SFA Compliance Officer) Vincent Lunny and (SFA Head of Referee Development) John Fleming that if you feel the referee has made a mistake then you are able to say that.
“I had asked the fourth official to speak to the referee and ask him why he didn’t give a penalty and a red card to the goalkeeper, but it doesn’t make much difference now as it has passed.
“The league is so tight, the decision is disappointing, but the implications are huge. We can’t totally lay blame on the official as we missed what I would describe as five very good scoring chances.”
The Dons now face a home encounter against Ross County on Tuesday evening and McGinn said: “Hopefully we can take our chances.”