Kilmarnock youngster Greg Kiltie has killed off speculation over his future after agreeing a new two-and-a-half-year deal with the club.
The 18-year-old’s current deal was due to expire in three weeks’ time and worried Killie boss Gary Locke feared he was set to lose the talented winger, with Hibs among his many suitors.
But Kiltie has now put those worries to rest after penning an extension which ties him to Rugby Park until 2018.
He said: “I am delighted to sign again with Kilmarnock.
“I have really enjoyed my time here and want to continue playing first-team football and help the club finish as high up the table as possible whilst improving as a player.
“I am happy that the gaffer made it clear that he wanted to keep me at the club. He has given me my chance and has shown he believes in me by playing me in important games this season.
I am happy that the gaffer made it clear that he wanted to keep me at the club.Greg Kiltie
“I hope to repay him by doing well for the cub.”
Locke added: “I am absolutely delighted to have signed Greg, it has been a long process but it is great that one of the best young talents in the game has committed his future to Killie.
“I hope Greg continues to improve and develop as a player and performs as well as he has done for us so far this season.”
Meanwhile, Lee Ashcroft says he wants to drive the Rugby Park side to fresh cup success after he missed out on the open-top bus ride the last time Kilmarnock celebrated a trophy win.
The 22-year-old defender had yet to graduate from Killie’s youth ranks when former boss Kenny Shiels led the Ayrshire outfit to League Cup glory in 2012.
But fresh-faced Ashcroft was denied the chance to join the victorious top team on their lap of honour round the town when he missed the bus.
However, memories of that famous Hampden victory over Celtic have only inspired the youngster and he now wants to steer his side past St Johnstone as they open their William Hill Scottish Cup campaign in Perth on Saturday.
He said: “It was a massive thing for the club when we won the League Cup in 2012.
“Occasionally I’d get to train with the first-team and there was a real sense of excitement in the build up to that game.
“So actually going on to win it and beating a team like Celtic in the final was brilliant for everyone here, even the lads who weren’t in the starting 11.
“Because we were in the youth team we were given tickets for the match. I remember seeing the lads with the trophy after match and thinking I would like that to be me someday.
“There was an open-top bus ride through the town later that night. We never got on the open-top as the team had already left. The celebrations round the town were just mad, though. It would be nice to sample that myself while I was playing.”