Shiels happy to avoid decision

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Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels is glad he is not the one to make the "no-win" decision on whether Rugby Park is given over almost completely to Celtic fans for a potential Clydesdale Bank Premier League title-winning party.

The Hoops could be crowned SPL champions on Sunday against St Johnstone at Celtic Park if Rangers fail to take three points against Motherwell at Fir Park 24 hours earlier.

In the event of a Rangers win, Celtic would have to wait for their trip to Ayrshire next week for their next chance to wrap up the championship and Killie chairman Michael Johnston admits he would look to cash in on the travelling fans who would invade the town.

Kilmarnock supporters have previously been upset at being surrounded by Old Firm fans who have bought seats for the home sections of the ground. With that in mind, Johnston has written to season-ticket holders in the East Stand asking if they would be in favour of decanting to the Main Stand for the day.

That would give Celtic fans three stands in the 18,000-plus capacity stadium and also raising much-needed funds for ground improvements which would, in turn, prevent breaking into next season's player budget.

Shiels, who is focusing first on Saturday's SPL clash with St Mirren in Paisley, told Press Association Sport: "I can see it from both sides but our priority is to get as much money in as we can to strengthen.

"But I am glad I don't have to make the decision because no matter what decision the chairman makes, it will not please everyone. He is in a no-win situation no matter what happens. But it might not come to that."

Killie fans were outnumbered by Rangers supporters on the final day of last season when the Light Blues retained their SPL title with a convincing 5-1 win, but Shiels was reluctant to discuss the possibility of a similar scenario for his team next week.

"It just makes it a difficult game for the players because someone else is winning a trophy on your ground," he said. "But I don't think it is an issue for me, I am not thinking about that.

"I am thinking totally on St Mirren at the moment. The Celtic game is something that is down the road."

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