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Kilmarnock goalkeeper Craig Samson believes his side have the young talent to rival those of Dundee United.

Last Updated: 13/12/13 at 17:02 Post Comment   

Craig Samson: Wants Killie to take the initiative

Craig Samson: Wants Killie to take the initiative

United have scored 17 goals in four games ahead of their Scottish Premiership trip to Rugby Park on Saturday, five of them in a William Hill Scottish Cup win over Killie.

United youngsters Ryan Gauld, John Souttar and Stuart Armstrong have been getting rave reviews but Samson feels the likes of 19-year-old winger Chris Johnston, who has scored two goals in two games, offer hope to the future of his club.

Samson, who rejoined Kilmarnock from St Mirren in the summer, said: "When I first came to the club I spoke about Chrissy to a lot of boys I know in football and said how good he was.

"He has shown that over the last few weeks, that he is a massive talent with a big future in the game.

"Another young boy who did very well for us last week is Lee Ashcroft, he showed he can come in at centre-half and do a job as well as young Craig Slater, who has been doing well for us recently.

"Although the Dundee United boys are getting credit - and rightly so, they have been fantastic - we have young boys here who can do well for the club as well."

The 29-year-old added: "You don't need to be in the headlines to be doing well on the pitch. You sometimes don't mind flying under the radar, maybe players don't pay as much attention.

"Young Chrissy has just got to go about his business and not worry about things. We know what Chrissy is doing and we have just got to concentrate on ourselves and help him out.

"He's a great lad, he listens to the older boys in the team and takes their advice."

Samson is keen for his side to take the initiative.

"We have got to look to put our stamp on it rather than worry about what Dundee United have been doing recently," he said.

"They beat us last week and scored five goals but we looked at the game again and took a lot of positives from it.

"We know where we went wrong in that game and we're going into the game to put our stamp on it, go forward and not worry about them too much. We have to eradicate different mistakes.

"They are obviously playing with a lot of confidence and freedom but if you go into games just worrying about what the opponents are going to do, you end up being too defensive and not concentrate on your own performance."

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