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Why Not Play International Football At Rugby Park?
Published : 08 Feb 2013 12:56:37
Investnent on facilities only pays off if they get used on a regular basis
Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels would love for the SFA to call on the facilities at Rugby Park to host future Scotland games. The last time the ground was used for a full international was a friendly against Wales in May 1997. Easter Road and more recently Pittodrie have been used for full internationals as the SFA try to take such games around the country. Shiels said: "I would like to see an international match at Kilmarnock. My chairman has had the foresight to work on the pitch and spend a lot of money on it. Outside of Glasgow, it's probably one of the best facilities to have an international match. We've got great facilities and we've a hotel on site, which is fantastic. We would be more than willing for the SFA to avail of that service. It's a fantastic set-up and they have to realise that we are a football club as well. I'm disappointed we have been overlooked yet again." Meanwhile, on the playing side, Shiels has to worry about Cillian Sheridan who could be out of action for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury picked up during last week's William Hill Scottish Cup tie against Inverness and Ross Barbour is looks set to miss this weekend's visit of Motherwell with a flu bug. Shiels said: "It's a blow. We've potentially lost two more. It's not an easy game. Motherwell are flying high so it's going to be tough for us."