The Ivorian striker certainly indicated he will offer a new threat to Killie’s attack but he was decidedly rusty in the finishing department, missing three excellent chances before a deft backheel changed the course of the game.
The goal came in 69 minutes and was swiftly followed by a William Boyle header. However, spirited Clyde found a counter in 87 minutes through Jamie Watson and undoubtedly rued Scott Linton’s penalty miss when the game was goalless.
It was a decent performance by the Rugby Park side as Lee Clark used six of his new signings.
Coulibaly could have made things more comfortable earlier in the game but missed with three headers.
Greg Kiltie cleverly picked him out in the middle of the box in 22 minutes with a precise cross from the left but Coulibaly headed straight at John Gibson.
Then in 31 minutes he should have done much better when skipper Stevie Smith delivered a great free kick to the back post but the header was too high,
Thirteen minutes into the second half, Josh Magennis hit a great cross from the right and the former Tottenham academy attacker headed wide from five yards,
Clyde had a very strong claim for a penalty in 28 minutes when William Boyle clearly had a handful of Higgins’ shirt, preventing him from connecting with Ewan McNeil’s free kick.
But after they were awarded one when William Boyle clearly handled Dylan Easton’s shot in 61 minutes, Linton made a mess of it and Killie were off the hook. The defender hit an awful penalty which was easily saved by Jamie MacDonald. Little wonder manager Barry Ferguson smacked a water bottle off the surface in frustration.
Eight minutes later insult was added to injury as Killie took the lead and it was a classy finish by the previously profligate Coulibaly.
Magennis was the provider with a low ball in from the right and the 21-year-old took a touch before backheeling the ball into the net.
Killie found a second goal in 76 minutes when Boyle made up for his earlier indiscretion by heading Jordan Jones’ corner past Gibson.
However, Watson ensured it was a more nervous finish than they would have wished when he volleyed home man-of-the-match Dylan Easton’s free kick.