Season Diary for 2023-24...
Killie go into the close-season with the following players under contract; Daniel Armstrong, Fraser Murray, (with a new 2 year deal), Kerr McInroy, Rory McKenzie, Joe Wright, Kyle Vassell, David Watson, Bobby Wales, Steven Warnock, Innes Cameron (with a new 1 year deal).
Paul Sheerin is named assistant manager as James Frew, Ltd replaces Browning's as the primary shirt sponsor for 2023-24.
In player news Robbie Deas joins from Inverness & Brad Lyons re-signs. Both players get 2 year deals. Alan Archibald also joins Del's backroom staff. Killie's new Hummel red away kit makes the national news with a tribute to Darvel man Sir Alexander Fleming being featured on the kit.
Killie Get Off to a Flier Against Annan Ath
Killie get 2 friendly matches in N Ireland against Linfield and Glentoran with Killie falling 0-1 to both teams.
On the eve of the opening League Cup fixture at home to Annan, Killie bring in Stuart Findlay on loan from Oxford Utd,
The complete squad changes are as follows coming out of season 2022-23.....
In: Matty Kennedy, midfielder (Aberdeen); Kyle Magennis, midfielder (Hibernian); Robbie Deas, defender (Inverness Caledonian Thistle); Kieran O'Hara, goalkeeper (Colchester United).
Loan in: Will Dennis, goalkeeper (Bournemouth); Corrie Ndaba, defender (Ipswich Town); Stuart Findlay, defender (Oxford United).
Out: Scott Robinson, forward (Partick Thistle); Calum Waters, defender (Greenock Morton, loan to permanent); Ash Taylor (Bradford City); Chris Stokes, defender (Morecambe); Cameron Mulvanny, forward (Kilmarnock); Jon Craig, defender (Clyde, loan to permanent); Alan Power, midfielder; Blair Alston, midfielder; Lee Hodson, defender; Dylan McGowan, defender; Harvey Gilmour, midfielder; Kirk McKnight, defender; Sean Clark, defender; Kabir Chahal, midfielder; Joe Spencer, defender; Aiden Boon, forward.
Loan ended: Jordan Jones, midfielder (Wigan Athletic); Zach Hemming, goalkeeper (Middlesbrough); Luke Chambers, defender (Liverpool); Ben Chrisene, defender (Aston Villa); Christian Doidge, forward (Hibernian); Lewis Mayo, defender (Rangers); Jeriel Dorsett, defender (Reading); Ryan Alebiousu, defender (Arsenal).
Loan out: Aiden Glavin, goalkeeper (Auchinleck Talbot).
Killie beat Annan 3-0 to get their season up and running with Armstrong (Pen), Murray & Cameron all on the scoresheet. Killie then sign defender Lewis Mayo on a three-year contract after paying Rangers an undisclosed fee., followed by forward Marley Watkins, who joined the club on a one-year deal.
Next up Killie win at East End Park with the final score Pars 0-2 Killie, as sub Vassell scored a screamer.
Killie then bring in young Full-Back Tom Davies on a season long loan from Cardiff City, before killie need a Late Findlay goal in a Killie 2-2 Raith Rov's league cup tie (Raith won 5-4 on Pens) Killie did advance as an unseeded team with a 1-2 win at Cliftonville with their "prize" being a home tie against holders Celtic in the round of 16.
Killie Celebrate their Opening Day Win Over Rangers
To open Aug Killie re-sign Liam Donnelly to a new 2 year deal and then send Kerr McInroy out on a season long loan to Partick Thistle.
On Aug 5th Killie open their Premiership campaign with a surprise but well-deserved home 1-0 win over Rangers. Brad Lyons netting the games only goal, in a game that McInnes saying he could'nt single out one player as the team to a man were fantastic.
Two very similar performances were to follow... Hearts 0-0 Killie & Killie 1-0 Celtic in the League Cup.
Battling Kilmarnock inflicted Celtic's first cup loss under Brendan Rodgers to set up a Viaplay Cup quarter-final meeting with Hearts. During his first spell at Celtic, Rodgers picked up this trophy on three occasions, along with two successes in the Scottish Cup. But his side struggled to create openings against their energetic Premiership hosts and Marley Watkins touched in the only goal on 59 minutes. Kilmarnock, who beat Rangers at Rugby Park on the opening day of the league season, pressed bravely and worked with unflagging spirit. Despite having just 30% of possession, Derek McInnes' side had the best of the few chances there were. Defender Corrie Ndaba twice went close in the first half, with an early volley and a header in stoppage time. After the break, Kyle Magennis had a shot pushed round a post by Joe Hart.
Watkins Nets the Winner Vs Celtic
Watkins started the move that led to the goal with a strong surge down the left and he was in the right place to divert Danny Armstrong's shot across goal into the net. Kilmarnock goalkeeper Will Dennis was seldom troubled, making a few routine stops.
To close out August Killie travel to Fir Park and fall 1-2 despite taking an early lead through Marley. In a game of 2 halfs McInnes said in his post-match comments... "If you can't win it ... then don't lose it" This is exactly what Killie had done conceding the Well winner in the 97th min. Missing from the Well loss was Corey Ndaba who had been outstanding in Killie's prior 3 matches
Brad Lyons then gets his first International call-up, and joins Matty Kennedy in the N Ireland squad.
Killie go into Sept 1st's "deadline-day" needing a striker and back-up for Ndaba..... so we will see how that pans out! Also, Killie announce breaking a 30 year record with season ticket sales reaching well over the 5,000 mark.
Killie finish the month with 4 points from 3 matches, and were 7th in the Premiership table.
A "WTF" Moment For Killie Against the Staggies!
Prior to the Staggies mome match Killie completed the season long loan for striker Andy Dallas from Barnsley. Killie lose 0-1 at home to the Staggies, but were denied a perfectly good leveler from Findlay, however Kevin Clancy awarded Killie a penalty which Danny unfortunately missed. Clancy should have allowed Stuart's goal to stand ratheri than blowing "to quick" for the spot-kick.
Killie could/should in all liklihood be unbeaten having conceded in the 97th min at Fir Park, and being denied at least a draw from poor refering against the Staggies so the International break would be a long one for killie.
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