SHIELS TORN OVER SON'S INCLUSION

Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels admits he may leave son Dean out of the League Cup final.

Last Updated: 08/03/12 at 18:08 Post Comment   

Dean Shiels: Could miss out at Hampden

Dean Shiels: Could miss out at Hampden

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels admits he may have to leave son Dean out of their cup final against Celtic because of his suspensions either side of the Hampden trip.

Shiels junior was sent off against St Johnstone on Saturday after Craig Charleston showed him a yellow card for simulation.

The Northern Ireland midfielder will miss Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League match at Inverness, the weekend before the Scottish Communities League Cup final.

Shiels, who felt his son should have been awarded a penalty when he was adjudged to have dived, said: "Because of these stupid bookings that he's got, I have to decide whether he plays in the final.

"He is missing the game before it and the game after it and I can't show prejudice.

"I can't chop and change the team, unfortunately, because other people can't do their job properly.

"I had to take a player off at Dundee United because the referee threatened to send him off. That's the problems we have."

The Kilmarnock manager admits he may rest some players at Inverness to protect his cup final plans.

"I have to be careful or I might rest some players because of the cup final," he said.

"We have had a big fixture congestion there and some of the players are feeling that. It might be a good opportunity to rest some. We will make that decision in the morning.

"The decisions will be made on what we have to go to Inverness as our first priority.

"I'd be a liar if I told you we are just thinking about this game. I have to think about the final and where players might benefit from a rest against Inverness.

"We will look at who needs to rest and who needs to play.

"We are not treating this game with contempt, we are treating it with the respect it deserves.

"We can still mathematically make the top six so the level of importance is not an issue.

"It's about how we approach this game to win it and see who can come in to get some game time."

Striker Dieter van Tornhout looks likely to miss the game after dropping out of training today with a hamstring injury.

Shiels said: "He is a worry for Saturday. It's too early in the injury to say about the cup final."

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