Shiels keen to host internationals

  • Last Updated: February 7 2013, 17:44 GMT

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels has called for the Scottish Football Association to consider Rugby Park for future Scotland games.

Kenny Shiels: Feels Rugby Park should host Scotland games

The Ayrshire venue has not hosted a full international since the visit of Wales in a friendly in May 1997.

Last night's win over Estonia was held at Pittodrie, while Easter Road was used earlier in the season for the visit of Australia.

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, Cillian Sheridan could be out of action for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury sustained during last week's William Hill Scottish Cup tie against Inverness.

Ross Barbour is also 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."


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