Killie manager Lee McCulloch admits he is not surprised top English Championship sides are showing an interest in Jordan Jones.
Fulham and Norwich City are rumoured to be eyeing up a move for the winger after a string of impressive displays in 2017
Jones was in top form on Saturday as he helped Kilmarnock to a 1-1 draw with Aberdeen, scoring the equaliser at Pittodrie.
Lee Clark brought Jones to Rugby Park last summer and after a slow start he finished the season with some top performances under McCulloch.
Saturday’s man of the match efforts were just the latest notable showing by Jones in a Kilmarnock shirt.
It hasn’t gone unnoticed at international level either, with Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill reported to be an admirer of the winger.
And the Kilmarnock Standard understands Killie could look to thrash out a new deal with Jones as they look to keep hold of one of their top men.
On the interest from English clubs, his manager McCulloch said: “I’m not surprised there has been reported interest in Jordan.
“I know he had said that since the start of the season, he hadn’t been at his best. But I actually think Jordan is being a bit harsh on himself there.
“My job is to make sure he’s working as hard as he possibly can every single day and if he does that, it’ll stand him in good stead in terms of going to the World Cup.
“If he doesn’t make the squad for the tournament, I’ve told him to make sure it isn’t because of a lack of application, dedication and effort.”
McCulloch added: “Jordan’s a match winner with pace to burn. If we’re being ultra-picky, he could add goals to his game which would make him an even bigger asset.”
Killie managed to secure the draw at Pittodrie in what was their most impressive display of the season so far.
Jones’ effort cancelled out Stevie May’s early goal and Killie could have gone on to win the game after Stuart Findlay hit the bar.
“I’ve watched the game a few times and we could have come away with three points,” said McCulloch.
“But it was good to get a good performance and to also get a deserved point.
“The most pleasing thing for me was that we managed to do the ugly side, we scratched and clawed our way into the game. We had a ridiculous togetherness and that’s what is needed.”
Asked if he had a target for the next two matches with Dundee and Ross County McCulloch, who has won the Scottish Premiership three times as a player, said: “Some people have targets and look ahead but I think it’s so important to take it one game at a time.
“It’s so important to approach it like that in this league and, having won it, I know if you start looking too far ahead, you can lose focus.”