Kevin McHattie

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Nickname: None

Position: Left Back / Defender

Date of Birth: July 15th 1993

Birth Place: Glenrothes, Scotland

Height: 1.81m

Previous Clubs: Dunfermline Youth, Hearts, Alloa (loan)

Killie Contract: September 1st 2015 (3 Year Deal)

Landmarks: Scored the winning goal on his Killie debut at Tannadice on Sept 12th 2015.

International: 4 Appearances for Scotland U17's. 6 Appearances for Scotland U21's.

Twitter: @kevmchattie

 

Quotes

September 1st 2015: "I am delighted to have signed for Killie and I can’t wait to get playing first team football. I have worked with the Manager before and after I spoke to Dale (Carrick) I was certain this was the right move for me. There is a big challenge ahead for me and the Club and I am looking forward to getting started tomorrow at training"

October 1st 2015: "The drive to prove them [Hearts] wrong and show that you can do a job is a motivational thing. I tried to focus on my own game and things I could do to improve. Juwon came in and did exceptionally well, so credit to him. He [Neilson] told me basically I wasn’t going to play as much as I wanted. At my age, you want to play week in and week out. I spoke to Robbie and he said: ‘If you want to, you’re free to leave if you find another club.’ I spoke to my agent and got a move to Kilmarnock. Knowing Gary Locke and a few of the players who were with me at Hearts helps. It made the decision to come here a wee bit easier. Hearts brought me through as a youth and gave me my chance in the first team. I can’t thank them enough. They’re the ones who gave me that opportunity in the first place. I spoke to Robbie before I left and he said: ‘Anything you want, come and see me and I’ll try my best to help.’ He was great with me. He even sent me a text to say congratulations when I scored on my debut for Kilmarnock. I’ll always have that relationship with the club and the people there. I’d hope to keep that going for years to come. To play against your old team is a big one and going back to Tynecastle is a big occasion. I’m used to walking out in a Hearts jersey, so it will be weird. I’m looking forward to it, though. I spent five years there and went through thick and thin with the club going into administration and everything. Then there was the high of winning the league last year. It’s going to be a great occasion for me and I can’t wait to walk out of that tunnel. I’m not the type of guy to get emotional but obviously I’ve got memories from my time at Hearts. I’ll think about the highs and lows. I’m playing against my friends so it will be good but it will be emotional at the same time. I haven’t grown up as a die-hard Hearts fan. Brad [McKay] left at the end of last season and then started this season playing at Tynecastle [for St Johnstone]. It’s slightly different for me. I came in to Kilmarnock for my first day on the Tuesday during the international break and the boys were in training all week. Some clubs give their players time off during international breaks but we were in every day working on things and trying to get fitter. It’s showing in our play now. We’re looking confident and sharp and we look a threat going forward. We just need to tighten up defensively and we’ll be firing. I think we’re decent going forward. We’ve got big Josh Magennis up top, Kiltie out wide and Higgy. They’re very direct players and I think we’ll cause Hearts problems on Saturday. Hopefully we can be stronger at the back. We’ll work on it at training and see what we can do. Everyone in the team is looking forward to it. They’re all speaking about how it’s always good to go and play at Tynecastle in front of a big crowd. That’s what you thrive on so we can’t wait to get there. I didn’t see Hearts’ game at the weekend but I heard the defence tightened up a bit again, so it should be a good game and a good test.”

 

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