Steven Smith

Vital Statistics

Nickname: None

Position: Defender (Left Back) / Defensive Midfielder

Date of Birth: August 30th 1985

Birth Place: Bellshill, Scotland

Height: 1.78m

Previous Clubs: Rangers, Norwich, Aberdeen (loan), Preston North End, Portland Timbers, Rangers

Killie Contract: July 2nd 2015 (3 Year Deal)

International: 2 Appearances for Scotland U21. 1 Appearance for Scotland B.

Killie Landmarks: Stevie's first goal for Killie was the winner at Dens Park on Oct 24th 2015, in the Scottish Premiership.

News & Quotes

July 10th 2015: "I’ve known Kris for 10 years and he’s followed me everywhere I have went, and people say it’s the other way about! I spoke to him and he didn’t have a bad word to say. He told me to come and enjoy it and play football, because I’ve got to the point of my career where that’s what I need to do. I’m looking forward to that challenge."

October 23rd 2015: "We saw on the first game of the season the performance levels Dundee are capable of. If we don't match up and don't work hard and put in a good performance then we could get turned over again. I think every game we go out in we have to work hard after the way we started. Recently we have done that and that's credit to everyone; the manager, the coaching staff and players, because the last few weeks we've worked really hard and we are starting to get the benefits. Over the international breaks, when the majority of teams have days off, we have been in doing double sessions, with every aspect of the shape and fitness levels. It just shows you, when you put the work in, you start to get the rewards. It was always going to be difficult with the amount of changes that happened over the summer. I didn't think we would have started as badly as we did but that's football sometimes. We have come through that tough time and we're all working hard and Saturday is going be no different. I have played wide before which I didn't really enjoy but I really enjoyed it last week. Over the past few weeks in training and in a few bounce games I have played there - we've done a bit of shape and I've been in there and I enjoyed it." - Press Association

October 25th 2015: “The way we started the season was not good enough. We remembered the opening day of the season at Rugby Park. The 4-0 loss was mentioned in the team talk before the game. It gave us all a wee reminder that we maybe owed them one for that match. Nobody felt good after that game as you would expect. Dundee are the best team we have faced this season as they tore us apart that day and up front they caused us problems. We worked on a lot of stuff during last week to try and nullify that. The changes the manager made , as he brought in eight or nine players, was always going to take time. Nobody likes losing 4-0 and it happened to us a few times but we went back to basics and worked hard. We know if we don’t work hard then that could happen again. If we continue to work hard then we know we are capable of getting results. The three points is the most important thing for us as Dundee is a difficult place to come and win.  Paul McGowan changed the game when he came on and Dundee could have got a point as they had momentum then but we showed a bit of character and dug in to claim all three points. I don’t look at the league table but we know that as a team we do not have a lot of individual brilliance but a good work ethic helps us achieve results. I scored a couple of free-kicks for Rangers last season. Once you get in that position 25 yards out it’s worth a hit and luckily it’s gone in. I actually did not think it was going to go in and nobody was more surprised than me when it did. You have to credit Josh as he works his socks off and reaps the rewards. It’s been mentioned that he is maybe not the best centre-forward in the world but I would not like to play against him if he is playing like that every week. He is a good lad to have about the place especially with the way things are going for Northern Ireland as he never shuts up about it!” - Daily Record, Anthony Haggerty, 26th October 2015

July 19th 2016: “I feel good at the moment. I had the operation at the right time and I’ve not missed a training session yet. I did enjoy playing in the middle of the park last season, I’m not going to lie. But at the end of the day it’s up to the manager where I play.

If he wants me to play left back then I’m more than happy to do that. I think we’ve got to be positive and looking up the table rather than just trying to survive in the league. But it’s also important to take it game by game because too many times last season people were talking about top six and things like that.

If we get off to a good start then we can see where that takes us. Ross County were one of the fittest teams in the league last season and had a brilliant year. We’ve got to make sure we are fit and ready to go when we play Motherwell on the first day.” - Kilmarnock Standard, David Wren, July 19th 2016

July 21st 2016 Lee Clark on Naming Smith Captain: "Choosing Stevie Smith as the new captain was a simple choice. Steven is an excellent footballer and an influential player at the club.

He is a leader both on the pitch and off it and is a good example to the rest of the players so it was quite a simple choice to be honest. Along with Miles as vice–captain, they are both top pros and are very vocal in the changing room.” - Kilmarnock Standard, David Wren, 21st July 2016

Oct 27th 2016 on the Hearts Post-Match: “It was a big result for us and we deserved it,” said Smith. “We could easily have scored a few more but we’ll settle for two and the clean sheet, which was just as important; that’s two in the last three games. I think we’re heading in the right direction. Apart from the defeats by Aberdeen and Celtic, we’ve been in with a shout in every game we’ve played. Last year was different – we were being beaten by three or four goals every other week, which wasn’t acceptable. I’ve sat here a few times in the past and said that I thought we’d turned the corner but the boys are confident now and they’re enjoying playing, which is a huge thing.  The biggest thing for any player is sheer hard graft but when you can produce goals like his the other night, when you have something special in your locker, that’s massive. He was a great find,  Not everything he tries comes off but when you score with overhead kicks the way he does or ping one in from 30 or 40 yards then all bets are off.  He’s already scored two or three contenders for Goal of the Season – and Celebration of the Season as well!"


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