KENNY Shiels was on the warpath again on Saturday over an early red card – but on this occasion it was the dismissal of opponent Stephen McKenna that drew the wrath of the Kilmarnock manager.
The ordering-off – for a rash challenge on Borja Perez – came after 90 seconds – and made Queen of the South’s task at Rugby Park all but impossible.
“The SFA must have changed the rules – an ordering-off just for making a tackle. and I’m still trying to figure out what those changes are,” said Shiels.
“It’s a hard job for referees, but it just looked like a strong tackle to me. I couldn’t see anything wrong and I would be very disappointed if I was with Queen of the South.
“It was a complete role reversal from last week.”
Kenny is already in hot water with the SFA following last week’s dismissal of Manuel Pascali and earlier criticism of Referee Euan Norris – but it would be unusual to say the least if further charges were forthcoming for him defending an opposition player.
Many onlookers believed that Killie should have been on ‘easy street’ with their opponents reduced to ten men – but the manager was having none of it.
He added, “It made it more difficult for us as it gave us more space and time on the ball – it was almost a reversal of last week, when Pascali was sent off for a similar kind of challenge. We had a lack of penetration as we had too many options,”
Kenny Shiels’ men held out however for a deserved win and the Rugby Park boss afterwards paid tribute to his Second Division opponents.
“I am delighted though to be talking about football again and to get through. I thought our win was well deserved.”
Finally Kenny hinted that he is a great believer in omens.
“We started last season’s League Cup run with a victory over Queens, so who knows where we can go from here?”.