Kilmarnock have dominated out a go back to Rugby Park for influential midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, consistent with supervisor Steve Clarke.
The 31-yr-old impressed remaining season after signing in November following his release with the aid of Norwich town, however, has handiest signed a quick-time period settlement.
“Youssouf’s long gone,” Clarke said. “We simply don’t expect him to lower back.
“I suppose he’s in the communique, or his agent’s in conversation, with various exclusive clubs.”
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Kilmarnock have to this point simplest added new faces – teenage forward Mikael Ndjoli on a mortgage from Bournemouth and right-back Ross Millen, who had left Queen’s Park after their relegation from League One.
Stuart Findlay has again after the defender’s flow from Newcastle United changed into made permanent following final season’s mortgage, but Clarke turned into now not expecting to look former West Bromwich Albion midfielder Mulumbu back in Killie colorings.
“it truly is now not one we’re looking at at this second in time,” the manager instructed BBC Scotland after a 0-0 draw with St Mirren inside the first Scottish League Cup game of the brand new season.
“we are searching at the marketplace. manifestly it is a difficult marketplace while you do not have too much left in your budget, so we must be clever.
“We tied up a variety of the lads on long contracts here because we feel they deserve a risk to head again this season.
“That game this night is simply another step at the manner to what we hope can be another right season.”
Kilmarnock finished the 5th closing season below Clarke, who become appointed in October, but they struggled to contain promoted Championship winners, St Mirren.
indeed, the side now controlled via Alan Stubbs, who took over from Sunderland-bound Jack Ross, won the penalty shoot-out to take the greater point in institution H.
“The penalties, we practiced them the day before today and, to be sincere, they were even worse yesterday, so it was a leap forward tonight,” Clarke joked.
“it’s far something we are going to ought to paintings on – psychologically you have to be better in a penalty shoot-out.
“glaringly it approaches that St Mirren appearance favorites to win the institution, but we have to ensure that we win the following 3 games.
“We have put ourselves underneath a touch bit of strain to choose up nine points and hopefully that’ll be enough to see us through.”
League One outfit Dumbarton, League two’s Queen’s Park and Lowland League Spartans are the alternative aspects inside the organization and Clarke said he changed into “reasonably happy” to take a point.
“proper sport, I concept it turned into quite open, a great exercise for us, probably a terrific exercising for them as nicely,” he added.
“probabilities for both groups. that they had moments when they had manipulated of the game. We had moments when we seemed as though we had manipulated.
“A draw was probably a fair end result. a comparable amount of shots on the right track.”