Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels seeks clarity from referees


Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels was left fuming at the decision to award St Mirren a penalty in Wednesday’s draw in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, insisting referees must front up to questioning after contentious calls are made.

Referee Brian Colvin pointed to the spot with after Dougie Imrie was brought down by Mark O’Hara and Paul McGowan stepped up to fire past Cammy Bell to cancel out Liam Kelly’s opener.

Shiels felt the penalty award was harsh on his team, and threatened to refuse to comment on referees’ performances until the officials themselves are put before the microphones.

“I have to watch what I say, Mark was unlucky. Lets put things into perspective, I’m the manager of Kilmarnock and I’m going to be biased towards my team,” said Shiels.

“If you want me to speak about decisions in a game then interview the referee, I will talk all day long in response to what he has said. “That’s the way it should be, I will not answer questions about referees and I’m emphatic about that.

“I’m not doing any more interviews until the referees are interviewed.

“The conditions were really difficult for both teams and I was very pleased with the performance, we were in control of the game, but it was taken out of our hands - the penalty changed the whole shape of the game.”

Danny Lennon was pleased to see his St Mirren side round off a good run of form over the festive period with a point.

“I thought it was a terrific game. I love playing against Kilmarnock because we both love to get the ball down and play,” he said.

“It’s a wee bit of a boxing match, you have the ball and then we’ll have it.

“Our workrate has been key in this wee turning point for us - we were putting Cammy Bell under pressure but we hit a boy on top form.”