Jim Jefferies Comments

July 20th 2002 thru May 25th 2003

If it came out of Killie boss Jim Jefferies mouth then you'll find it here (if it was picked up by the press.  Dates shown are dates reported)......

May 25th on the Celtic Post Match..."I told the players they have had a magnificent season and they gave me every single effort they had today, We lost most the goals to set pieces and we could have scored a few ourselves, but there wasn't a player out there who didn't give me 100%." Match Report Here

May 24th on the Celtic Pre Match..."It's been going on all week. I was even offered an all-expenses paid trip to Seville for a couple of days. It was obviously done in good fun because of the situation and at the Scottish sports writers' dinner on Sunday there were brown envelopes flying about and drinks being bought for me and (Dunfermline boss) Jimmy Calderwood. But it was all good banter and in good nature and seriously, I have got to think about Kilmarnock. We have to be better prepared than we have been in our last couple of games when we have given ourselves too much to do.We responded well coming back from 2-0 down at Dunfermline but you don't always get away with that against the Old Firm."

May 17th on the Pars Post Match..."We need a couple of miracles now if we are to make it, but if it's not to be then we can be proud of what we have done over the last five or six weeks. The players deserve a lot of credit for the way they clawed into Hearts' lead over us and their attitudes this season have been excellent. We knew we had to gamble in the second half to get back into the game and we got some luck but it would have been easier if we hadn't had a slack 20 minutes at the start." Match Report Here

May 16th on the Pars Pre Match..."We'll learn from the defeat on Sunday for the next time we go there and we'll have a chance to bounce back on Saturday. If we win that and Rangers manage to beat Hearts at Tynecastle then there's only a point of difference going into the last game. It always looked like we were going to go into the last game four points adrift so who knows. I just hope we get the chance to go into the last game with something to play for. We're working on the basis that Celtic will be coming to Rugby Park on the last day still with a chance of winning the league so we want to go into it with a chance of a UEFA place. But before that we have to win at Dunfermline because if we don't win then the last game of the season will mean nothing for us. I'd be very surprised if Rangers rack up a few goals at Tynecastle so it's going to go to the last game. Dunfermline might be viewed as the easier option in Killie's final two games. I wouldn't be disrespectful towards Dunfermline. They've been up there all year and it's only in the latter stages of the season that they've had a bad run. They're always tough opponents and Hearts only won there with a penalty recently and other teams have found it hard to get results there and we're no different.  They might be fighting with Dundee to get the fifth spot and it's their last game at home and they'll want to go out with a win. But we've done well away from home this season outside the Old Firm. So we've got to go there and put the Rangers result out of our minds."

May 14th on Killie's season... "No matter what happens now, it's been a terrific season for us considering it's a fairly new team we've put together. We've blended the experienced boys we've brought in with the young boys already here and we've been a difficult side to beat, not only at Rugby Park but away from home as well."

May 14th on Squad Planning... "Like every manager, you want to go on and improve things but with money so tight, it's very difficult, but we'll see what we can do. We had six goalkeepers and Gordon Marshall and Colin Stewart were let go simply for financial reasons. But I've not got any experienced strikers, so I've made offers to Andy McLaren and Gary McSwegan who have intimated that they want to stay. If someone comes in and makes them a better offer then I have to accept that but we're hopeful we can keep them. But that's all the money that I have to play with. Any new signings for next season will depend on if either Andy or Gary leave. If they do, then I'll look to bring in an experienced striker to replace them. There's no time frame for them making their decision but the earlier they decide, the better."

May 11th on the Rangers Post Match..."I don't think Rangers have played as well as that all season. I have seen them a few times. I thought we were brilliant - for the first five seconds. We seem to have a complex about coming here. We didn't do well the last time and we were nothing like the side we have been this year. Rangers were different class today and I was delighted to get away with 4-0 because they had a hatful of chances. If they do finish level with Celtic, they could have easily have made it no play-off today with the number of goals they could have got. They were awesome." Match Report Here

May 9th McLaren & McSwegan staying with Killie..."I think they want to stay and at the moment they are thinking about the offers we have made. There is a possibility they will go elsewhere but hopefully we can re-sign both. Players are realistic and know that money is tight at virtually every club now. They have to decide if they are happy at Kilmarnock or if they want a few extra hundred pounds to move on. Only they can decide that."

May 8th on the goalkeeping situation Vs Rangers..."I sat down with Gordon and he told me that he'd be happy to play in the final three games if he was fit and selected. That is all I expect from a man who has been a superb professional throughout his entire career. There is no chance he would go off in a huff just because there wasn't a new deal there for him. Gordon knows that this wasn't a football decision because he's had another good season. It's purely financial and the same goes for Colin Stewart who has been really unlucky. Gordon will play against Rangers and I would imagine that Colin will be on the bench."

May 7th on the Rangers Pre Match..."We have recorded a record number of wins, while we have a couple of strikers in double figures. But it is not finished and we are still hoping to catch Hearts, especially after beating them last week. We have got to be prepared and go and give it our best shot. They are a side that knows what they have to do. So they will be fired up for this one and desperate not to slip up against us. There has been some good news on the injury front  with some big names on the way back. Gary McSewgan took studs down the Achilles and missed the Dundee game but he is back in training. Greg Shields had a groin strain and is just back training, so they are looking promising for Ibrox. We also have a few of the younger players recovering from knocks, including Stevie Murray. Hearts are well in front on goal difference but they have players suspended and you never know what might happen when you play the Old Firm. It is important we do not lose and early goal and hopefully we can keep their fans quiet."

May 3rd on the Hearts Post Match... "Hearts are a strong team, they're organised and they are difficult to break down. Things were getting a bit hairy for a spell in the second half but you want your players to compete for the ball and I'm pleased they did that without getting involved in anything and kept their heads. I didn't really see what happened for the second sending off but it would have been better if the referee had let the game continue because then we would have had a real chance at goal. The win keeps it alive but I would still rather be in Hearts' position. I thought we were excellent in the first half and I don't think anyone could have complaints about us winning today." Match Report Here

May 2nd on the Hearts Pre Match..."Last week we had to win at Dundee to give ourselves hope and we did that so although Hearts are still in the driving seat a win for us will keep it alive. Our task is similar to Celtic's last week in that if they win it is all over. It could go to the last day of the season but for that to happen we have got to win tomorrow.''

April 30th on squad planning..."I have still to find out how much money I'll have to play with this summer. It could well be that some of those out of contract (Marsh, Andy & Swegs) will have to leave the club and, if that happens, then we'll just have to get on with it. If it's the case that someone leaves then it is probably not for a football reason, rather a financial one.  I don't know my budget but, like everyone else, we have to be extremely careful. If I wanted to sign one or two players, then some others would have to move on to accommodate them. I have only so much to offer and, while there may be some people I want to keep, it might be the case that it is difficult to do that.  I will find out the budget soon and then work out what I will do from then on. It would be nice if we could get a couple more thousand at every home game. That would make a big difference

April 29th on next weeks Hearts match..."We are the only team that can catch Hearts for third place, so getting the win today was very important. We play them next week so it's going to be a massive game for us and we have to win against them if we are going to make it to Europe."Make no mistake about it, Hearts will bring through a sizeable crowd and it would be great if our lads had the majority of the support on the day...that will be a really important factor. If we win this win then we are only four points behind them and they can be caught." More

April 27th on the Dee Post Match..."When you look at the two players Dundee had missing - the two Georgians who are talented footballers - and the fact that we were without Steve Fulton, you can maybe see why this game was not as good as the last one we played here. That's no disrespect to the guys who came into the team, they all did very well, but it wasn't a great game and things can just get a bit frustrating at this stage of the season."  Match Report Here

April 27th on the 2002-03 season..."Finishing in the top four is our main target now. When I took over at Rugby Park last year there wasn't much time to blend the team. And the doubters were quick to circle when we had a difficult spell early on. But with the mixture of youth and experience we have here I knew the side would come together and they have done superbly well. I have also managed to cut down the wage bill by £300,000 and still produce one of the best seasons in the club's history. We have to be proud of the progress we have made."

April 26th on Players Contracts..."I've not really been able to do anything about contracts. How can you offer players (Gordon Marshall, Andy McLaren and Gary McSwegan all expire this summer) something now when we could offer them something better if we make it into Europe? There's no doubt I would like to keep all of them but it's a question of whether we can offer them an attractive enough deal."

April 25th on the UEFA Cup "MIx-Up"..."If we'd known from the outset that finishing fourth wouldn't qualify us for Europe then there would have been no problem. The system was fine when there was still a European Cup Winners, Cup but that's been done away with so I don't understand why we keep the same qualification format. I've no gripe with the team who wins the Scottish Cup going into Europe and if Dundee beat Rangers they will deserve to be there. But for the runners-up to take the final UEFA Cup spot ahead of a team who has done well over 38 games is not right. Hearts are in the driving seat and can only throw it away now."

April 25th on the Dee Pre Match.." Young Colin Stewart did very well for us when he came in against Hibs.  But then against Celtic we felt it was a game where we needed experience. We now have five games left which are very important and we still have a chance of catching Hearts. So, in the circumstances, big Marsh has the experience and we have to use that. However, it may have been a different kettle of fish if we didn't have five big games left. Colin might get an opportunity when the circumstances change. I feel we have had a good season and all we will do is concentrate on finishing as high as we can."

April 13th on the Celtic Post Match... "We have come here and got beat 5-0 and it was going on 10, They never looked anything like organised.  They were a lot better and we were better organised defensively, but we never created chances in the last third which was a bit disappointing." Match Report Here

April 12th on the Celtic Pre Match... "They have still got their eyes on the championship as well as the Uefa Cup and won't let go of it easily.They cannot afford any more slip-ups so they will be eager to pick up a win this weekend. It will still be a tough game for us but our consistent form in recent weeks will put us in good stead. We are a lot stronger than we were on the last occasion we went there and we have a lot more belief in ourselves. We have to make it difficult for them and cause problems. You don't get many chances to score at Parkhead so we have to take them. We have to give a good account of ourselves and, if we do that, we will have a chance. If we don't do it, they will hurt us. It's as simple as that. We need every single player playing at the top of their game which you have to have at Parkhead and Ibrox. We have to believe to give ourselves any chance to get something."

April 11th on Match Scheduling...This will be us moving back to Sundays again this weekend at Celtic. I understand the reasons why it is with Celtic involved in the UEFA Cup and we accept that. But it is not me who decides it."But it was nice to go back to the traditional Saturday kick-off against Hibernian last weekend. The crowd was a bit better for the game coming in and it felt like a game.  But the timing is nothing to do with us. It is not ideal to switch days but it is a chicken and egg situation. Clubs need television money and that dictates when games are played. But it has been a real stop-start season with the winter break, Euro 2004 qualifiers and Scottish Cup weekends"

April 5th on the Hibs Post Match..."We scored a great opening goal (McDonald's first for the club) and it just got better and better after that. I couldn't ask for anymore, We've had good away performances at Livingstone and Dunfermline this season but this was the best home display since I came to Rugby Park. All credit to the team for a great performance and now we just have to keep playing the way we did against Hibs to keep trying for third sport in the SPL, which would guarantee us European football next season."  Match Report Here

April 4th on the Hibs Pre Match..."We are guaranteed a place in the top six and our agenda is to keep winning and put pressure on Hearts. It is a big game tomorrow and it is intriguing because Hibernian are in a wee battle with Dundee for sixth place. Dunfermline are favourites for fifth place and Dundee are going well at the moment so Hibernian will be looking to get something from the game."

April 4th on the Goalkeeper situation..."Colin Stewart has been doing well in training and has been playing for the U21.The thing with Gordon is that it has been eight weeks since he has played. I will have to sleep on that one but the key factor for Colin is that he played in goal in the two matches last week. He has been waiting to get his chances and we will have to find out some time with Marshall not getting any younger. He is 23 and that's young for a goalkeeper but he has been out on loan at Queen's Park before the break so has played enough games."

April 4th on the 3 Irish Matches..."They were three hard games. It is pre-season there because they play summer football. The Irish teams raised their game and I'm glad about that. St Patrick's were impressive. They have just gone full-time and have a lot of new players in their ranks."

Mar 26th on the goals for remainder of the season..."The target is to try to catch Hearts for a top-three finish. These games in Ireland are just what  we need. There's a limit to what you can do on the training ground. There's no negative thinking here, We face the same problems as most other clubs. The response from my players has been outstanding. They give their all in every game and show determination not to give in."

Mar 18th on Colin Meldrum's form..."I don't think there's a better keeper in the country at the moment and he deserves recognition at international level. He's certainly capable of playing at that level. Everyone at the club knows the standards he sets himself in training and the work he does behind the scenes. We're very fortunate to have a keeper of Colin's ability to call on after big Marshall's injury. I'll be doing all I can to promote him."

Mar 17th more on the Pars Post Match... "The clubs need the television money and you have to accept it. But, from my own point of view, the sooner we get back to football at 3pm on a Saturday the better. My players showed character to come back into the game and could have won it at the end. It is good to keep the gap over Dunfermline intact."

Mar 16th on the Pars Post Match... "I went with the same team as last week because they had done very well at Dundee but this week they were the complete opposite, For long spells Dunfermline passed the ball better than us and we gave them a lot of room to play in. All I asked for was a similar performance to last week but we really didn't start playing until well into the second half. Overall I think we only played in the last 15 to 20 minutes and the players themselves know that it was a disappointing performance. Although we didn't have as much of the play as the visitors we probably created more chances but I have to say that the quality of the game was a bit disappointing." Match Report Here

Mar 13th on the Pars Pre Match..."If we do not finish third, fourth might be enough for Europe. We must keep winning. Anyone trying to undermine the importance of our game is talking utter nonsense. (Due to the CIS Final following!). The outcome could have an enormous bearing on what happens to both clubs for the rest of the season. The fact it is being shown live on television stresses the importance."

Mar 10th on a top 6 SPL finish..."This point (at Dundee) could be crucial for us, We are now 12 points ahead of Hibs, and although it is still possible they can catch us, it's going to be difficult for them. We need one more point to make sure of a place in the top six, but if we keep playing like we did on Sunday, that won't be a problem. There are a lot of important games coming up, and if we stay in the top six then there is a chance of Europe — so it could be a very exciting end to the season."

Mar 8th on the Dee Post Match... "A lot of people knock Scottish football for producing drab games but the teams deserve great credit for the way they played. Both teams got the ball down and played attractive football on a very tricky surface. This was probably our best away performance of the season. I thought we were the better side in the first half-hour, but they hit us with two sucker punches. At half-time I told the lads that 2-0 was a funny score and if they could nick a goal we would be back in it. Fortunately we did that and pushed men forward, taking a bit of a gamble, and got our reward in the end." Match Report Here

Mar 7th on the Dee Pre Match..."Steve (Fulton who missed out last week)  has been an important player for us this year and it is good to have him available again.Dundee have done extremely well and have gained a bit of confidence since the winter break.The break has obviously helped them and they have come back  refreshed.Their front players, quite rightly, get a lot of praise but they have strength throughout their side."

Mar 4th on re-signing Killie's young Talent..."We are delighted to get Kris (Boyd) tied up. Both he and Shaun (Dillon) are at the start of their careers but they have committed to the club. Even when these new contracts expire, they will still be young so the club is staying ahead of the game. Kris has a bit to learn yet but he is improving all the time and has a natural eye for goal. Like a lot of the young players here we have given them a run then taken them out so they come back fresh. With Paul di Giacomo also coming back and the two experienced players, Gary McSwegan and Andy McLaren, we have good options up front. There are still a few other players we want to speak to as well but we can't do them all at once, we are getting round to them one at a time."

Mar 1st on the Dons Post Match....."We had to up the tempo after the interval and, right from the start, you saw a Kilmarnock team who looked like they were going to go on and win the game. The sending-off of the Aberdeen player just before we scored our first goal didn't do us any harm and, from then on in, there was only going to be one winner. But the Rugby Park boss was delighted with his team after a virus at the club this week had threatened to decimate his side.  We had to juggle it around, particularly in midfield. (Fulton out) But I was pleased with the performance of everyone in what was a deserved win."   Match Report Here

Feb 28th Jim Jefferies Celebrates with his management team, their 1 year anniversary in charge with Killie...... Jim's first year report card Here

Feb 28th on the Dons Pre Match......"If we can get a win, and results go for us, then we could eventually clinch it, (a top 6 SPL place) We have had a good run with only two defeats in our last 11 league games. So this is a big match  not everybody can win, so a top six place could be clinched "Our run started at Aberdeen when Gary McSwegan got the only goal in a midweek game. That followed the defeat by Jags, after which I brought the players in on the Sunday for a talk. A few things were said - subsequently we put Andy McLaren and Gary together up front for the first time, and it has paid off." 

Feb 27th on the teams consistency..."First and foremost we are looking at a top six slot and then we can think about Europe.  We have had a good run recently with just two defeats in our last 11 league games.  So with seven wins and two draws that has seen us pick up 23 points from 33. That's not a bad record.  We have been fairly consistent and, of course, we are disappointed when we lose, but when you look at the bigger picture we have done well.  We have gone about our business quietly and collectively. Every-one has worked hard.  There is no doubt that the turning point came after the defeat by Partick Thistle. We sat down and had a long talk about it and went from there." More

Feb 25th on Killie's League Position..."Sunday was a big step for us in terms of the top six, and as each game passes, you make it harder for the other teams to catch you. But you don't get into Europe unless you get into the top six first. If we can get a result at Aberdeen this weekend then we are in a decent position for the top six. Two wins can put you right in there and two defeats can put you down a bit. So there is a long way to go."

Feb 23rd on the Jags Post Match... "The game should have been over at half-time and it should have been 3-0 by then. James Fowler had a golden opportunity but was unfortunate that his shot came off the post. Gary McSwegan should have buried one - he could have taken a touch and walked it in - and then he missed one just after the break. But Partick changed their tactics and just lumped the ball forward because they knew that we were outplaying them. They didn't get any chances but they got a lot of set-pieces and had some excellent delivery which made it very difficult for us to defend. We were tested by some quality crosses so credit to the players who showed a determination to get through it. Match Report Here

Feb 21st on the Jags Pre Match..."The last time we lost 3-0 it sparked off a great run of results which saw us climb up the table into a European spot. Hopefully, the defeat in our last match at Hearts can set us off again and we can start to open up a gap on Dunfermline. The Thistle defeat in November was the most disappointing moment of the season as we capitulated after going a goal behind.  We spoke frankly after the game and the reaction from the players since then has been terrific. We are in a good position at the moment and with our game in hand, we can go three points clear of Dunfermline. Our first target this season was to get in the top six and now our next aim has to be Europe. The situation is in our own hands now as we still have to play both Hibs and Dunfermline before the league splits in April."

Feb 14th on the Jags Pre Match....(This match was postponed)..."It was quite a tight game until Partick scored. (the last time we played them) Then we fell apart and they went on to win easily. We spoke about it afterwards and I made it clear it was not acceptable - and the players responded. We have only lost twice in the league since then, to Rangers and Hearts, and another three points tomorrow would go a long way towards reaching the top six. They were something of an unknown quantity when they came up and they work hard. I think they have got it takes to stay up because they are well-organised and committed. The team that comes up from the First Division is always the one many predict will go straight back down and they have a desire to prove people wrong. The good thing about last week was that other results went in our favour in the race for the top six."

Feb 8th on the Hearts Post Match..."Hearts were more competitive than us from the start so we have no complaints. The best team on the day won. The whole game changed when Alan Maybury scored just after half time but it was disappointing that none of our players came and closed him down. Then at the second goal none of our defenders made any effort to help their goalkeeper.  With all due respect to Mark De Vries he isn't the quickest at turning but he had time to get the ball down, turn and get his strike in on goal. Having said that it was unusual for us because lately we have been defending very well. But once Hearts scored they took control of the game and we were never at the races." Match Report Here

Feb 1st on the Livingston Post Match... "In my opinion Stevie Fulton was man of the match. He controlled the game, especially in the first half and some of his work was different class. I had Stevie at Falkirk and Hearts and I know that he is quality. The other players appreciate him and he makes us play and he had an outstanding game for us here. Maybe it's a clause in his contract. I'm a lover of Stevie and it won't be me who lets him down it will be himself. He's got to make sure he keeps himself fit, because when he is fit there's not many better in Scotland. He's got great strength, passing ability and has a great footballing brain . It's only a problem when he can't get around the pitch and lets himself go. But I've got to say that's not been a problem for us. Stevie has done it for himself and he has to continue to do it. Before you make Europe you have to make it into the top six but if you keep winning your games with matches running out then it makes it hard for teams below you to catch up. But if we play like we did against Livingston, then no one can say that we don't have a chance." Match Report Here

Jan 29th on  Motherwell Post Match...."There's no doubt their goalkeeper was silly and he paid the penalty. We got the chance and we took it. It was so blatant and everybody in the ground could see it. For some reason he took a brainstorm and it was right in front of the referee. So he had to go and they can't have any complaints about that. If any team deserved to win, it was Kilmarnock. We dominated the game against a team who came to frustrate us and make it difficult for us to break them down. There wasn't a lot of chances but we were the team who tried to get the ball down and play. They were never a threat to us and without James McFadden they came here trying not to lose the game. They won on Saturday with a penalty here but this time they lost it with a penalty. But you get games like that and you just have to grind the result out." Match Report Here

Jan 28th on Killie's Goalkeeping Situation..."Although the medical people were ready (for Gordon Marshall who has a shoulder injury) , there was no operating theatre time available, so Marsh played for us in the 1-0 defeat by Motherwell in the Scottish Cup on Saturday. He didn't let us down but he has been feeling the effects of this tendon problem after games. Rather than let it worsen he is going in for an exploratory operation and, if they determine what is wrong, then they will correct it there and then. It is a blow but, of course, it means an opportunity for Colin Meldrum to take over and show what he can do in the next few games. "Big Marsh cannot go on forever, so it is a good chance for Colin to show he is up for the challenge.  He has played a few games for me before and, of course, he has played in a lot of Premier games. So it is not as if we are throwing in a youngster. Colin has been patient and waited his time, and now it has come."

Jan 28th on  Motherwell Pre Match..."There was some confusion over Chris's availability, and we are also without Andy McLaren, who is also suspended. Added to all that, we have Peter Canero, Sean Hessey, Jesus Sanjuan and Gary Locke out, while Gary McSwegan is to have a last-minute fitness test. He trained with us, but felt a hamstring and so it will be a late decision. Barry (McLaughlin) did well when he came on and he will be in the squad along with Freddie Dindeleux, who has had a a hamstring injury. There are plenty of players available, but the financial situation means we cannot go down that road and we have just got to accept it.

Jan 27th on  Motherwell Pre Match...."That defeat by Motherwell is in the past now. (cup on Sat)  We face them again this week and we can get a lift if we go out and make up for the cup loss. If we win the League match on Wednesday then it will help us in our efforts for a European place as well. It is disappointing as I thought we were going pretty well heading to the break"

Jan 25th on the Motherwell Cup Post Match..."You're always worried that after a few weeks off you don't come back as strong. We had a few players out there today who just didn't perform. It might have been the same for Motherwell because I don't think either side deserved to win the match. The rules state that if you challenge from the back it's an automatic (on the dismissal of defender Chris Innes) booking so I suppose the referee got it right. It's a big help to the club (financially) and the players and the long cup run makes things a bit easier (cash-flow)  for all concerned. But all credit to Motherwell they worked hard." Match Report Here

Jan 24th on AGM indicating cuts needing to be made..."We are working to a tight budget and even though five players have left, the wage bill has not been drastically reduced, But I'm quite happy with the squad I've got as we have a good balance between young and experienced players, right now we are not under pressure. There are budget limits but we are in a position where we will be able to get to the end of the season and look at things in the summer. I'll meet the board, who have gone on record as saying it's time for everything at the club to be looked at. They have notified everyone at the club and there have already been changes in the boardroom. We are four points behind Hearts and although there's a long way to go, we are in a good position."

Jan 24th on Playing  Motherwell...."That's the way it works out sometimes. (playing the same twice in 4 days) We know each other very well and sometimes playing against another Premier League club can be a good thing. When you play against a Division Two club, as we found out against Airdrie United in the League Cup, you can dominate the game yet go out if you don't get the breaks. The most important thing is to get your name in the next round, so I'd rather play not so well and win than play well and go out. That can happen."

Jan 19th on Ally Mitchell leaving Killie..."I spoke to Ally and he felt a lot of the players he played alongside here had moved on already. I said I would use him here and there and left it up to him. I said that if he did not get anything else, he would be a part of the squad right until the end of the season. I recall playing Killie (in 97 while manager of Hearts) when I'd just gone to Hearts and Ally was outstanding. I made an inquiry but was told he wasn't for sale." Do You remember Ally "Bully" Mitchell  Here

Jan 2nd on the Arabs Post Match..."We threw it away. We always knew United would be up for it, especially with the signing of Dodds, but we deserved the three points. We always looked comfortable and I thought our defence was excellent in snuffing out the threat of United's strikers. We are kicking ourselves that a silly error right at the end has robbed us of two points, it is a hard lesson to learn. I thought there was another side to Kilmarnock today, we showed real determination and character. I thought Greg Shields was outstanding, as were all of my defenders. Again we fully deserved to get the three points. James Fowler made a mistake and he must learn from it. At that stage of the game we should be clearing our lines instead of worrying about pretty football. With Hearts and Hibs drawing, a victory would have taken us right up there and closed the gap but the fact we're disappointed and going down the road with only a point shows how far Killie have come in the last couple of months." Match Report Here

Jan 1st on the winter shut-down..."We have managed to get a couple of players back in the last few weeks. But, by the end of the winter break, they should all be ready to return. That is one of the good things about the winter break. You do like to keep things going but the break will allow everyone to recharge."

Dec 31st on the Arabs Pre Match..."United are in a position where they have got to pick up points. But they have made a good signing in Billy Dodds who will give them a lift with his bubbly character.  So we have to be well prepared for what to expect and we will have the players well warned. Dodds' arrival is obviously going to create quite a buzz for everyone at United and there will probably be a few added to the gate by his signing. Teams always get a lift from a new player arriving but we have got to go there and focus on ourselves and get to the level we have been playing recently. If we can go to places like Dunfermline and win, we will give United a hard game." Jim Jefferies is named SPL manager of the month for Dec More

Dec 29th on the Rangers Post Match..."If we are going to lose a game then we should lose in that way - we were a bit tentative in the first half but in the second half we had a go at them. Rangers had one or two chances to kill us off because we had pushed so far forward to take the gamble. But, as far as our work-rate and effort was concerned, I couldn't fault the team. I said to the players that there is no disgrace in losing a game like that and we just have to pick ourselves up again. It has been an excellent month for us and to take something from this game would have been a bonus." Match Report Here

Dec 26th on the Pars Post Match..."Gary (McSwegan) has had a bit of stick recently but things have started to come for him and he's started getting goals for us. But even though weeks ago, when things weren't coming off for him, I'd never seen him work harder. We had faith in him and he's come good with goals against Aberdeen and Livingston. Now, again against Dunfermline, he has come up with a terrific goal for us. I was worried today with the conditions and the fact that Dunfermline are more physical than us then we knew it was the type of game would have to dig in. I felt Dunfermline had a lot of the ball in the first half but never really created very much and I can't recall Gordon Marshall having a save to make. In the second half, we created two chances and I felt we looked the team more likely to score. Again they had a lot of possession but they couldn't break us down and we coped well." Match Report Here

Dec 25th on the Pars Pre Match..."This is a great club and we have a good squad. We're doing all right and, with the exception of Rangers, we are on the best run of form. The team went through a sticky spell, which was down to injuries. But now we have some confidence. The performance and result against Celtic was terrific and we carried that on to win against Hibs.  Dunfermline are a great side, especially at home. I don't think many teams outside the Old Firm have won at East End Park. But we are playing well and I fancy this to be a good game."

Dec 24th on Squad Changes..."If the right player was available and we lost somebody then maybe, but I'm not trying to push anybody out. If somebody comes in for one or two of the players who want to move on then maybe it frees up things, then maybe I could do. But if that doesn't happen then then I am quite happy to go the end of the season with the squad I've got because they've showed lately there's a lot of quality here. When everybody's fit we have got a good squad and we can tinker which things for different opposition which looks good at the minute."

Dec 21st on Gary McSwegan getting an Extended Contract... "Gary has done enough to earn him a contract thru the end of the season... and perhaps longer!"...."I had a chat with the board and recommended that we get Gary sorted out with something.  I spoke to him yesterday about it and I think it was a weight off his shoulders - especially with Christmas coming up. I would definitely like to keep him. He has been scoring goals as well but his overall play has been terrific.

Dec 21st on the Hibs Post Match... "The young boys have done well but when you see McSwegan and Andy McLaren together they know the game inside out and it shows.  I was delighted with the performance and the chances we created against Hibs. For the first five minutes or so, they really looked up for it and managed to pin us back a bit. But, by the time our first goal came, I thought that it was justified. I'd be delighted if we maintain that kind of performance, and I'd have no need to strengthen the squad, either" Match Report Here

Dec 20th on the Hibs Pre Match..."There aren't too many teams who take points off Rangers or Celtic, so when you do you get a lift from that. We had a real chance against Celtic and could have won the game. But we have to get our feet back on the ground because the Celtic result is only a good result if we can get something against Hibs." 

Dec 20th on Squad Changes..."We have a good squad when everyone is fit and available and we are like most other clubs. "We have to work within the wage budgets and it would depend on whether one or two players move on. If someone goes then that might mean there is a possibility of something happening. But, if no-one moves on, it's likely that we'll have to work with what we already have."

Dec 15th on the Celtic Post Match..."We were terrific in the first half and that was as good as we've played this year. We did everything well, we were organised and we got the ball put in the right areas. In fact, but for a deflection we could have been 2-0 up at half-time. But we knew Celtic would come out strongly after the break - they are a good side. You always worry about them crossing into the box because they have so many big players.  But we defended very well and we got the breaks which you need against the best sides. We could have maybe even won the match later on when Peter Canero had a shot on the half-volley. He could have maybe took a touch and then shot because he had time to pick his spot.  But I'm pleased we got something out of the game because when they scored the equaliser I feared the worst. But we did well to hang on in there and take the point which is very pleasing."  Match Report Here

Dec 13th on the Dargo staying with Killie..."Craig Dargo has agreed a new two-year extension to his current contract today. He was out of contract at the end of the season, so I am very pleased that today he has signed a new two-year deal. We've missed him when he was out injured, so that [the new contract] is off his mind now. He would have attracted a fair bit of attention at the end of the season when he would have been out of contract. But he has shown that he is committed to Kilmarnock and it's good news for everyone at the club. He's done well since coming to Kilmarnock and since I've been here he's done very well. I've played him deep sometimes and he is a very intelligent player and can beat people, so I'm delighted that he has agreed to stay and he's now ready for some great years with the club."

Dec 13th on the Celtic  Pre Match..."Kilmarnock have won four out of our last six games. The crowd was affected last weekend by the Old Firm game and the onset of Christmas. But the game against Celtic is on a pay per view channel so we would hope that the fans put their money into the club rather than a television station. If the fans see results getting better and progress being made then they are encouraged to turn out and watch the team play. The better the score for us against Celtic, the better the home crowd will be for our next game against Hibs the following Saturday. If the idea behind it was to force clubs to bring on young players then it's a failure. Motherwell were forced to play a crop of youngsters at the same time and they fell to bottom place."

Dec 7th on the Dee  Post Match..."We should have been 2-0 up at half time but we missed a great chance by Craig and I thought, 'Here we go again". But our first goal was a great. Stephen Murray did well to get the cross in to Kris Boyd who also did well to pull the ball down and lay it off and it was a terrific finish by Stevie Fulton.

To Dundee's credit, they pushed four men up but, although they had the pressure, they only created one good chance when Nacho Novo missed the ball at the back post. We kept the ball and you've got to give Kris Boyd credit for the second goal.  He got between the defender and got a terrific shot in. I'm pleased because the players didn't do well in the last half-hour at Partick Thistle last week. To bounce back with two back-to-back wins at Aberdeen then against Dundee is great and we should take a lot of confidence and credit for it." Match Report Here

Dec 6th on the Craig Dargo Contract Situation..."I have spoken to Dargs and he said he wasn't aware his agent was talking to Preston. Now we will get the game (Dundee Dec 7th) out of the way, have a chat early next week and then it is up to him to come back to us before the end of the week. An offer has been on the table for some while now. He decided to leave it there until he was back playing and he is now. We are not looking to receive any offers. We would rather have the player and that's why why we have made him a very good offer. It was made before the TV deal collapsed so he is very fortunate that Kilmarnock have honoured their part of that given that the circumstances have changed."

Dec 3rd on the Dons  Post Match..."Credit has to go to Locke and Dillon. Freddy Dindeleux called off and I was going to play Chris Innes, but he got injured too. The defence worked very hard though and they were superb. "The team as a whole worked well and this is a great result - it makes up for Saturday. The players took a lot of criticism after the weekend and it was a huge disappointment to let down the 1,500 fans who traveled to Partick. There were only a few fans up here tonight, because this was a crazy fixture to play in midweek. Aberdeen should have been given one of the Dundee teams on a Tuesday night, but I am just glad we got the points."  Match Report Here

Dec 2nd on the Dons  Pre Match..."I'm pleased this game has come round so quickly because it gives us the chance to bounce back from the defeat at Partick. It was a very tight match but we capitulated after the first goal and they went over the top of us and deserved the win. But we want to go to Aberdeen and get the win our supporters deserve."

Nov 30th on the Jags Post Match..."It's hard to take. We warned the players and told them what to expect - that Partick would target this game for three points. From the minute they scored the first goal there was only going to be one winner because they wanted it more than we did. For sheer effort and the way they went about their job, Partick Thistle deserved to win by three clear goals. Our application wasn't good enough enough - it was the worst all season. We can't complain about losing by three because we collapsed after the first goal." Match Report Here

Nov 29th on no Killie youngsters in the Scotland squad..."Canero has been on stand-by and Di Giacomo is coming back after a lengthy injury. Kris Boyd has been a part of the U21 squad and has time on his side."But it is not just the young boys and I was hoping some of the older lads would get a chance. Greg Shields is playing extremely well but these lads are concentrating on doing their best for Kilmarnock and everything else is a bonus."

Nov 28th on Squad Changes....."We have a good squad but wouldn't mind strengthening in a couple of areas," he said. "There are some players who might want to move on to get regular first-team football in January. Obviously if people move on there's a better chance of bringing others in."

Nov 26th on signing trialist Oliver Risser ...."He will need a wee bit of time to adjust to the game here and we don't have that time"

Nov 24th on the Hearts Post Match..."He (De Vries) hardly touched it and it was a half-hit shot. He had to adjust at his near post, but that was disappointing. Gordon is experienced enough to hold his hands up and he was going one way for the shot and obviously it's caught him wrong-footed. He made a great save after that and then we had a couple of great chances to take something from the game."  Match Report Here

Nov 23rd (HAPPY 52nd Birthday Jim !!) on the Hearts Pre  Match ..."I had a terrific time at Hearts and a lot was made of me going back to Tynecastle earlier in the season, when we got a good draw after playing almost an hour with 10 men. For me, it is the three points that are important and it doesn't matter whether they come against Hearts, Rangers, Hibs or Dundee United. At the end of the day, it is the same three points you get for winning. Every victory feels the same and it makes it a good weekend. It would certainly be a nice birthday present. The only thing is though is that my son is a big Jambo so he wouldn't be best pleased. "I think he would settle for a draw but I want the three points. I reckon I could stand him not talking to me for a few days."

Nov 16th on the Livi Post Match..."I thought overall we played well and felt we were the better side particularly in the first half. But, for long spells, we lacked composure upfront despite working very hard.  That composure comes with experience and it will improve in the coming months.  It was nice to get the first goal and as Livingston started to push forward we managed to catch them with James Fowler's pace. Overall, our two worst performances this season have been against The Old Firm but you have to try and do your best.  We have been unlucky in games this season particularly against Dundee, Hibernian and Dunfermline. Many of our games have been very tight but the players have always remained positive. Last week's win at Motherwell gave us a confidence, and today there was a lot of willingness in the team and, as manager, I can't complain." Match Report Here

Nov 15th on the Celtic's Performance in Europe..."There is disregard for the Scottish Premier League from people down there and I know that from my time in England. After the first Blackburn game at Parkhead they came in for a lot of criticism, but all credit to them they never said anything. They did their talking on the pitch. That has given Scottish football a lift. Football up here is not as bad as what it's being made out to be by some of the people down there. There's a lot of good young Scots coming through at the moment and it won't be long before the big boys are coming up here to try and take some players away again."

Nov 9th on the Well Post Match....."Anyone who was at the game last week saw that we played well and didn't deserve to lose. The players had a sense of injustice all week, worked hard in training and came here looking to put it right. Motherwell had good spells and then we had the best of the match at times but I feel the best chances of the game fell to us and their keeper had a good save from Kris Boyd. Overall I was pleased by the way the players worked today and we got our reward." More  Match Report Here

Nov 2nd on the Arabs Post Match....."They stole it. We were the better team on the day. We got off to a terrible start but the heads didn't drop, which they might have done. The players were terrific, battling back into the game and scored a good goal. In the second half, I felt United were happy to go home with a point. I couldn't have any complaints about my side apart from maybe our final ball. Overall, I thought it was a travesty that we didn't take anything from the game because we certainly deserved it". Match Report Here

Oct 27th more on the Rangers Post Match...."We knew that Lorenzo Amoruso and Mikel Arteta weren't playing so we thought we would come here and have a go. We've been criticised in the past for sitting in, getting behind the ball and having nothing to offer. So we played with three up front but we didn't get to grips with the game. We lost two early goals and, after that, it was just about damage limitation for us." Match Report Here

Oct 20th more on the Pars Post Match...."The players showed the same spirit they have done on a number of occasions and it was nice to stop the run of bad results. I was disappointed with the fans because Gary tried really hard after being out injured. He's worked his socks off in training and he just needs a couple of goals to get his confidence up. "

Oct 19th on the Pars Post Match......"It was an awful first-half. We have five or six players unavailable because of injury and the result of that we were a bit tentative and maybe lacking in confidence because of a recent result away from home. I told the players at half-time to go out and have a go in the second half and they did just that. The players showed a lot of spirit to come back twice and equalise and I thought we were going to win it in the end. Once we have players like Craig Dargo, Andy McLaren and Paul Di Giacomo fit again, then we will be a much better team. But I agree with Jimmy that a draw was probably a fair result over the 90 minutes." Match Report Here

Oct 18th on the Pars Pre Match......From our point of view it would be terrific to get a win, particularly against a team that’s going well, and take on the confidence that brings you. And that’s where the supporters can act as a 12th man for the team. “OK, we’ve had a few injuries, but when the fans see the players working hard on the field they appreciate that. It will be a tough game, but we have the capability to win and move on from there.”

Oct 18th on Sammy Boutal..."He’s still a bit short of match fitness, but you can see in training just how much he has to offer. He’s a very intelligent player, but then he’s played at a very high level with Bordeaux”

Oct 5th on the Dundee Post Match...`The first Dundee goal was the killer. It was a good finish from Gavin Rae but we had six men in attack and let ourselves be caught out. The second goal was unlucky. It bounced off a defender and fell perfectly for him. I thought we looked much better defensively today and we can take some hope from that. On new signing Boutal....``I tried to sign him a year ago, but he was looking for a bigger deal than I could offer him, He is a very good player but is well short of match fitness, so it could be a while yet until we see him at his best.''  Match Report Here

Sept 30th more on the Celtic Post Match..."The only ones who did themselves justice were Paul di Giacomo and James Fowler. Paul showed willingness to work but is a bit rusty and wouldn't have normally been in the side but we were forced to play him."

Sept 28th on the Celtic Post Match..."It was our worst performance of this season. It wasn't good enough. "You can't afford to give away three goals like that so early. It was shocking defending. "When there are two strikers and three defenders it's common sense for one to be covering."  Match Report Here

Sept 27th on the Celtic Pre Match...""We are not flat or down. The matters off the field are nothing to do with us. We haven't won at Parkhead for a long time - 50 years, I'm told. But nobody expects us to do anything so if we can get a result the team will put themselves in the record books. They are a quality side so we will have to concentrate fully and also cause them a few problems." 

Sept 25th on the Airdrie Post Match..."I knew when it went to penalty kicks it would just be a case of whoever sticks the ball in the back of the net would win it. Any time we got through, their goalkeeper did well so we knew it was going to be difficult against him. Our boys are human and better teams than us have gone out on penalties before. We had all the possession and all the chances but you have to score if you want to win cup ties."  Match Report Here

Sept 23rd on Jacko's fitness ahead of the Airdrie CIS Match..."Di Giacomo shouldn't really be involved until Christmas time, but we might have to put him in. We wanted to give him bits and pieces and help him with his confidence. But we shouldn't expect too much of him because he's nowhere near 100% fit. He's worked his socks off since the injury and he is probably ahead of schedule. So we have no worries about his knee but playing games is different to training. That is why we tried to sign three or four players before the deadline. We've been playing Kris Boyd and he's still a young lad who needs a rest now and again and Gary McSwegan has been playing recently with an ankle injury, which has affected his game."  

Sept 21sth on the Hibs Post Match..."We had some great chances in the game and I said to the players at half time that, if we could get a goal, we would go on to win the game, not just draw it. We had warned them at the start of the game that we would be up for it but the two goals we lost were just shocking. I think McManus was as surprised as anyone to see the ball hit the back of the net after miss-kicking it and Gordon Marshall made a bit of a mistake. We played some great stuff and I thought we dominated the game - it's the first game we've made as many chances as that." Match Report Here 

Sept 20th on Bobby Williamson..."The criticism he's had has been unfair and like everybody else with the loss of TV money they have had to cut their cloth so his job has been made more difficult. He will steady things at Hibernian, but that will take time. He got the job there because he had a good track record here as a manager so they have got to give him a chance to get it right." More

Sept 14th on the Dons Post Match...""They will be delighted with the result. "We were so dominant in the first half but just didn't get the break. The ball did not fall kindly for us and we were maybe just lacking a bit of sharpness in the danger area. I thought that, if we could get a goal, we could go on and dominate the match. But, when Aberdeen scored, it was they who took the initiative. We did well to get the late equaliser and maybe we could have just nicked it in the end."  Match Report Here 

Sept 13th on Kris Boyd..."I told the directors a few weeks after I came here that if Kris learns quickly than Kilmarnock have a real gem on their hands, He's still raw in the sense he needs to learn to link up with other players and I'm on the look-out for a big experienced striker to help him along." Boyd Gets SPL Award Here

Sept 12th on Peter Canero..."He injects a lot of pace and he scored a couple of goals in the pre-season from there. And that was another great finish from the young lad and I feel he will always cause problems for the opposition."

Sept 12th on the return of Paul di Giacomo ..."He did his cruciate ligament quite some time ago and I wanted him to come back in, That would have done him the world of good and it's nice to have the young lad back so he can push for a first-team place."

Sept 11th on the Partick Post Match..."There's no doubt with the chances we created that we deserved to win this. The first half was the best we've played this year. We passed the ball and kept the tempo up. They spent a lot of time chasing shadows and Gary Locke and Steve Fulton held the midfield well. Partick pushed us back a wee bit at the end, but we had the chances, although we couldn't get the killer goal. They were one of the hardest teams we could have played because they were well organised and they work hard. But the application and commitment of my players has been great from the start of the season and we have done well to be in third place and that's been pleasing for me." Match Report Here 

Sept 12th on McLaren's injury..."Andy put his shoulder out when he got pulled down on the edge of the box. The doctor said he should actually come off at half-time, but he asked for five or 10 minutes, but he went down again and felt it go again. The doctor said he might as well play on because we were going to lose him anyway, but he's going to be out for two to three weeks at least which is a big blow for us. He has been playing really well and when he went off we lost our shape a wee bit."

Sept 9th on the Scotland Faroe's performance..."They got off to the worst possible start and struggled to recover. They battled back for the draw but they have now got to pull a big result out of the hat to make up for it. You can't blame Berti Vogts for going down a different line. But, having said that, there was enough quality on the park for Scotland to win the game. It makes it hard and they cannot afford any more slip-ups now."

Sept 2nd on the team's start to the season..."I've been really pleased with the boys this season, The Motherwell match was a really bad day for us but we bounced back well against Livi and then with 10 men at Hearts. I thought that showed the players have determination and steel,"

Aug 31st on the  Hearts Post Match..."What annoyed me is that we (Sean Hessey) won the ball and managed to get it away from Valois and then this happens. (red card).  If Sean did something off the ball, then there is no excuse. I went to see the referee at half-time to find out what happened and he said he used an elbow. Sean said he was trying to free himself so I'll have to watch it again on the television and see for myself what happened. If he did use his elbow, then he will be dealt with internally - the same as the others. I thought that we came back well and Boyd scored a great goal for us. I cannot believe he isn't in the Under-21 squad - he scores goals regularly and that's three for him now.'' Match Report Here 

Aug 30th on his Tyncastle return with so many Jambos in the squad..."If Martin O'Neill takes Neil Lennon and Steve Guppy from one of his old clubs does it mean he's building Leicester Reserves at Celtic Park? "It's a situation not unlike my own position at Kilmarnock. It's not important where you have been in the past - the only thing that matters is where you are going next and what I have done is surround myself with players I know I can trust to quickly settle into the team. If I'm successful and they are successful, who'll give a damn that we were once at Hearts together? I know some people didn't want me to get the job at Rugby Park but I've had lots of letters of encouragement from Kilmarnock supporters as well. By the same token, it's nonsense to say there was a fall-out between me and anyone else at Hearts. I went to watch them play Dunfermline and got a terrific reception from the fans. I still have a strong feeling for Hearts on a personal level but from a professional point of view I know that Kilmarnock is where my priorities lie."

Aug 25th on playing his old club Hearts next week... "I had a good time there and I hope the supporters give me a good reception. But they know me and they know I'll be determined to get three points for Kilmarnock. And after this result (Livi) we can go there on a bit of a high."

Aug 25th on the  Livingston Post Match... "I said to the boys before the game that after our defeat last week the result was more important than the performance. I thought we did okay in the first half but in the second half we allowed Livingston to pin us back because we made a lot of daft mistakes. But one thing we did today was show a steely determination and the resilience to compete. We didn't look as fragile and players like Barry McLaughlin, Kris Boyd and Peter Canero came in and gave me problems for next week. We should have finished the game off because we had the better chances in the second half and our defence was so good we never gave Livingston any opportunities of their own."  Match Report Here 

Aug 24th on the Livingston Pre Match..."It's always good to be on the television and I hope this game will be as good as the two that have already been on. "If they score four then we will just have to score five. Maybe it won't be good for the managers' health but I do hope it is an entertaining game. "They like to play and we always try to get the ball down and do the same. If we play as well as we did at Dundee United, when we won 2-1, I will be happy."

Aug 17th on the Motherwell Post Match..."I thought we were poor in the first half. We didn't create nearly enough chances and looked slow to the ball. Having so many players booked early on in the game didn't help, but we can't make excuses. My first reaction to the Locke sending off is that he was just trying to defend himself, but I need to see it on TV. Gary says it wasn't intentional, but if it turns out that it was then he will be dealt with. What Andy McLaren did is indefensible, there can be no excuse for that. We were already down to 10 men and had a good chance of getting something from the game. He will be dealt with internally by the club. Jesus Sanjuan was unlucky. I suppose the letter of the law says that he should have gone, but when the referee books 10 players, it is inevitable that someone is going to be unlucky. The ref could argue that according to the rules, all three sendings off were correct, but he never let the game flow and booking so many players meant that what happened was inevitable. I think he should have had a word with some players rather than book them." Match Report Here

Aug 10th on the Arabs Post Match..."It was a great game and even if it had finished 0-0, it would have been one of the best goalless games. It was full of incident and both sides showed the right levels of commitment. I think my players showed a lot of character to come back from 1-0 down and they have to be given credit for that. It was a great finish from Kris, he deserves all the credit for a goal like that. He just looked up and saw the keeper off his line, then instinct took over and he knew exactly what to do. It is satisfying to see the subs doing well when they come on, because there are lots of good players at this club. Competition for places is important and I hope this is what drives the players on."   Match Report Here  

Aug 8th on signing Gary Locke..."I've wanted to sign him from the day I started here. As I've already said, I think the best is still to come from him. When I left Bradford with about two thirds of the season gone, he was by far the player of the season. He's good on the ball, he's got a terrific attitude and is a real competitor and I think he'll be a driving influence in the team." More

Aug 5th on signing Gary Locke..."Gary is a player I know very well. (JJ has signed him twice before at Hearts & Bradford) I'm sure he'd be a good acquisition."

Aug 3rd on the Rangers Post Match..."We were very well organised and in the first half I didn't think Rangers made that many chances. The referee had a really good game today. But I thought he made a mistake and from that mistake we lost a goal. I was not happy at the time but that's the passion. When you work hard in the first half and restrict them to very few chances it's disappointing to lose a goal in that way. He made the mistake, he's only human, but overall I thought he had a good game. All credit to the boys, once we changed things we got further up the park and scored from a corner move we had been practising all day yesterday It worked and Andy McLaren was in the right place to knock it home. On Fulton... "I felt Stevie was magnificent. He was in against two very, very good players but he got on the ball and started things for us." Match Report Here 

Aug 2nd on the Rangers Pre Match..."It really doesn't matter. We have to play them at some point, so it may as well be the first day. Our target for the start of this season is to do well. If we can start picking up results, we will be looking at Europe. But we have to do as well as we can and then the rest will follow."

July 27th on his 2 former Hearts players...."We lacked an out-and-out goalscorer and that is what Gary is. When your top scorer and main striker, Craig Dargo, finishes the season with seven goals you know something is not right. When I had him at Hearts he became a Scotland internationalist. I know what he can do and I've given him the opportunity to show his ability, now it is up to him, I have also been delighted with Stevie (Fulton) . He was extremely unlucky last year, because any time he came on he turned the game in Hearts' favour - but for whatever reason he was not a regular starter. He knows himself he has to work harder than most and with the frustration of not playing, he'll admit that he let himself go a bit. Again, I told him there was a chance of a contract if he worked hard in the summer and I don't think I've even seen him look so lean. The contract is designed to keep his weight down and when he's in that shape, he's a great player because he's one of the best passers of the ball in the country."

July 20th on next season's goals...."I think every club outside the Old Firm has got to be realistic. Rangers and Celtic are difficult to even challenge, but that is what you set out to do. You have to take advantage if they do slip up, but it is very unlikely that the two of them will. You can see that from their track record over the past few years, and they have spent some money on some quality players. But the rest can compete for third and fourth and the European places that come with them. Third or fourth is a good, satisfactory season and qualifies you for Europe  So that's what Kilmarnock will be going for, along with plenty of other teams."

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