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Michael Gardyne comes on in place of Johnny Russell.
Johnny Russell gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-3 Dundee Utd.Assist on the goal came from Barry Douglas.
Gary Mackay-Steven leaves the field to be replaced by Rudi Skacel.
Corner taken right-footed by Rory McKenzie, Jon Daly makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Rory McKeown, clearance by Sean Dillon.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Mohamadou Sissoko goes wide right of the target.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Barry Douglas, Cameron Bell makes a save.
James Dayton fouled by Johnny Russell, the ref awards a free kick. Rory McKeown takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Mackay-Steven by Ross Barbour. The referee cautions Ross Barbour for unsporting behaviour. (Kilmarnock) makes a substitution, with Jude Winchester coming on for Ross Barbour. Direct free kick taken by Gary Mackay-Steven.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Rory McKenzie, clearance by Gavin Gunning.
Barry Douglas takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Manuel Pascali.
Danny Racchi leaves the field to be replaced by Borja Perez. Rory McKenzie replaces Cillian Sheridan.
Corner from right by-line taken by Willo Flood.
Unfair challenge on Barry Douglas by Danny Racchi results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Barry Douglas.
Johnny Russell takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
Johnny Russell finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Kilmarnock 1-2 Dundee Utd.Assist by Keith Watson.
Corner taken right-footed by Danny Racchi, Gavin Gunning makes a clearance.
James Dayton takes a shot. Save by Radoslaw Cierzniak.
Mohamadou Sissoko concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Watson. Barry Douglas takes the free kick.
Manuel Pascali fouled by John Rankin, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan O'Leary takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Barry Douglas, Shot from deep inside the area by Gavin Gunning clears the crossbar.
James Dayton produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jon Daly. Cameron Bell takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Millar on Rory McKeown. Free kick taken by Danny Racchi.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jon Daly. Cameron Bell takes the free kick.
Johnny Russell fouled by Mohamadou Sissoko, the ref awards a free kick. Willo Flood restarts play with the free kick.
Paul Heffernan produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
Johnny Russell fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-1 Dundee Utd.
Unfair challenge on James Dayton by Keith Watson results in a free kick. Danny Racchi has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, clearance made by Johnny Russell.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Gary Mackay-Steven. Cameron Bell takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Barry Douglas from the left by-line.
Gary Mackay-Steven takes a shot.
Corner taken by Barry Douglas from the left by-line, clearance made by Ryan O'Leary.
Jon Daly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Fowler. Ross Barbour takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Gavin Gunning restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Jon Daly on Mohamadou Sissoko, free kick awarded. Ryan O'Leary takes the direct free kick.
The official flags Gary Mackay-Steven offside. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
Jon Daly is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Cameron Bell takes the direct free kick.
Long range effort from Mark Millar misses to the left of the goal.
Barry Douglas takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Cillian Sheridan.
Corner taken by James Dayton from the left by-line, Manuel Pascali finds the back of the net with a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-0 Dundee Utd.Assist by Danny Racchi.
Paul Heffernan concedes a free kick for a foul on John Rankin. Free kick taken by Gavin Gunning.
Ross Barbour challenges Gary Mackay-Steven unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Barry Douglas.
Unfair challenge on Mark Millar by James Dayton results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Willo Flood.
Manuel Pascali challenges Gary Mackay-Steven unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Millar takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Barry Douglas from the left by-line, Cillian Sheridan makes a clearance.
The offside flag is raised against Gary Mackay-Steven. Cameron Bell takes the free kick.
Foul by James Fowler on Jon Daly, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Barry Douglas.
Corner taken left-footed by Barry Douglas, James Dayton makes a clearance.
Mohamadou Sissoko challenges Johnny Russell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Douglas restarts play with the free kick.
Ibrahim: Nigeria career depends on Killie
Rabiu Ibrahim is hoping a fresh start at Kilmarnock will help him make the final step in his international career with Nigeria.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder, who switched to Rugby Park earlier in the month after failing to make the breakthrough at Celtic, was named in the initial 31-man Nigerian squad for the African Nations Cup but did not make the final cut.
Ibrahim has represented his country at under-17, under-20 and under-23 level and is looking to make the transition to the senior side as a Killie player, after signing a two-year contract early in the month.
"I am not disappointed at being left out," he said. "It was my first squad, I went there and did very well and they are happy with me.
"They said that I should go back and work hard to be playing week in and week out and I will be called up for the World Cup qualifiers.
"So my international career depends on Kilmarnock.
"If I do very well and consistently, they will be watching and I will definitely get my chance in the national team."
Ibrahim is set to make his debut against Dundee United at Rugby Park after being granted a Scottish Football Association endorsement towards his work permit.
He said: "We have been training very hard this week and we are looking forward to the game on Saturday.
"We want nothing less than victory."
Manuel Pascali and Mo Sissoko have recovered from their respective hamstring and ankle injuries to take their place in the Kilmarnock squad for the clash at Rugby Park.
Danny Racchi, Garry Hay and William Gros remain on the sidelines.
Dundee United manager Peter Houston believes a victory against Kilmarnock will help offset any concerns about his decision to quit at the end of the season.
Houston confirmed this week he will not be renewing his current contract when it expires in the summer, but stressed he is still fully committed to the club for now.
The Tannadice boss knows some fans may question his motivation for the remainder of the campaign now that he has taken the decision to move on. But he hopes a win at Rugby Park will allow the focus to shift back to results on the park, rather than his own situation.
Houston said: "I wasn't looking for a reaction from the players when I told them I was leaving. I want the reaction to be on Saturday, when we play Kilmarnock.
"I told them we have to make sure we are focused. We have trained magnificently this week and there was a good spirit, as there always is.
"I've got the reports, I've done my home work for Saturday. I know the game-plan when we go to Rugby Park.
"We put this to bed now and hopefully the one thing that will keep the fans from being unhappy is if the team starts winning again."
United currently sit eighth in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League table, with Houston determined to go out on a high.
He firmly believes the top six is achievable again this term and has no fears about the motivation and commitment of his players either.
He said: "I still believe we can finish in the top six and I still believe we can put a run together because they are a great bunch of boys.
"They work ever so hard. They don't always play well but you can never guarantee that anyway. They work hard, they train hard and their attitude is absolutely spot on.
"I don't have a problem with any player in the dressing room. I can have no complaints about the attitude and efforts of the players at Dundee United Football Club."
Dundee United are set to be boosted by the return of Gary Mackay-Steven.
The winger is expected to play some part at Rugby Park after recovering from the fractured hand he suffered in November.
Defender Brian McLean remains on the sidelines as he completes a two-match ban.
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