A sublimely-gifted player, Cocard joined the Rugby Park side in 1999 and cast his spell all over Ayrshire and beyond. He was nippy and diminutive at his best but languid and lazy at his worst. He arrived on these shores with a pedigree all right, having played for Auxerre, Lyon and with nine caps for Les Bleus - including representing his nation at Euro 92.
So it was some coup for Killie to sign him. He didn’t disappoint. Sometimes at least. Cocard made 68 league appearances for Killie, scoring 13 times, and most of them were worldies. He was part of a French revolution at Killie – joined by the likes of Freddie Dindeleux and Jerome Vareille – and whenever a French player scored the club’s PA system would belt out the French national anthem and everyone would sing along!
Ask Killie fans about Cocard and their answer will inevitably be some variation on: "great player when he could be bothered".
While his talent was apparent - you don't wear the number 10 shirt for France if you can't play a bit - his commitment perhaps left something to be desired.
When Cocard turned it on though he could be unplayable, and he was well and truly in the mood when Killie visited Ibrox on October 28 2000.
Killie were actually above the hosts, albeit Bobby Williamson's side had played a game more than Rangers, but were still a hefty 7/1 to win in Govan.
Cocard probably wouldn't have started under normal circumstances, only coming into the side due to an injury to Paul Wright, and was making his first start since the middle of August.
Perhaps that's why a youth team prospect, who wishes to remain anonymous didn't think didn't think his boots would be needed.
The youngsters were responsible for packing the kit of the first team players before it was loaded on to the bus for away games, and it was only when he got a call while sitting on a supporters' bus asking where Cocard's boots were that the young lad realised his howler.
Perhaps with a bollocking from Bobby Williamson still ringing in his ears almost two decades later, the player in question didn't want to discuss it.
The result of that oversight was that the Frenchman was forced to take to the field in trainers, albeit of the kind you'd wear on astro grass down at 5-a-side.
Cocard was habituated to warming up with rubber studs, before changing into his boots for kick-off. After returning to the dressing room though, the boots were nowhere to be seen.
Manager Bobby Williamson explained: "Rangers kindly offered to lend us a pair in his size but they were new and he felt they were too tight.
"That's when he decided just to play in the rubbers."
Not that it seemed to affect him too badly.
With just five minutes played, Cocard received a long pass from compatriot Dindeleux, and was given plenty of space by Lorenzo Amoruso.
With the outside of his right trainer the Kilmarnock man batted the ball out wide to Andy McLaren and continued his run.
Amoruso failed to track his movement, and when McLaren laid one across the six yard box it was the simplest of tasks for Cocard to side foot it beyond Jesper Christensen.
Things did not get better for the Italian, with the Rangers captain booed by his own fans as Cocard twisted and tormented him. Indeed, the Daily Record match report from the day described torment as too kind, instead deeming it a form of torture.
One can only imagine the reaction had the Ibrox crowd realised the Killie man was playing in his gutties.
Gary Holt soon made it 2-0 after latching on to a defence-splitting pass from former Rangers hero Ian Durrant and Tugay was lucky not to see red for tugging back McLaren when the Kilmarnock forward was clean through on goal having nutmegged Amoruso.
Rangers were expected to come out fighting for the second half but were lucky not to fall further behind. McLaren and Alan Mahood both had presentable chances as the frustration from the stands audibly grew.
The third goal eventually did come, and it was almost a carbon copy of the first.
Dindeleux fed the ball to Cocard - who was playing the second half in boots after an emergency delivery at half-time.
The Frenchman fed it wide to McLaren and once again continued his run to the far post, only this time Arthur Numan turned the ball into his own net before Cocard could convert the return pass.
The 2,500 or so Killie fans in the Broomloan Stand went wild as the rest of Ibrox emptied.
"Bobby Williamson and his players were hardly expected to go easy on them in the first place but the savage nature of the beating they handed out on Saturday was more punishing than anyone could have imagined," the Record declared in the Monday edition.
"The Rugby Park men were relentless and such was the quality and determination behind their work they deserved to win by more than just three."
Killie would go on to reach the League Cup final and qualify for Europe for the fourth time in five seasons but it was arguably Cocard's last great performance.
He left Rugby Park at the end of the season, with his final game coming as a substitute for Ally McCoist in the final game of his career. That match was a 1-0 win over Celtic to secure UEFA Cup football and that, coupled with McCoist's retirement, overshadowed Cocard's final appearance.
He arguably wasn't even the most notable substitute that day given a certain Kris Boyd made his professional debut with two minutes to go.
A brief spell with Chinese side GuÇŽngdÅng HóngyuÇŽn followed before Cocard hung up his boots - and trainers - for good.
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