Shiels hopes work pays off
Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels hopes some extra tactical work can help his side bounce back against in-form St Johnstone on Saturday.
Shiels has used the international break to hone his strategy for the SPL clash following the 3-1 home defeat by Aberdeen last time out.
St Johnstone have won five consecutive matches, though, and Shiels knows his side will need to show improvement at McDiarmid Park.
"We didn't take much of a break this time and hopefully it will work in our favour, because we did a lot of game preparation this week on the tactical side of our preparation," Shiels told the SPL's official YouTube channel.
"So we are up and ready and we will see where that takes us.
"St Johnstone are the form team in the league and it's going to be a tough game."
Killie are boosted by the return of three key players in goalkeeper Cammy Bell, left-back Jeroen Tesselaar and striker Paul Heffernan.
The trio played in Monday's 3-1 victory over Dundee in the Under-20s league after lengthy injury lay-offs.
However, they might have to be content with a place on the bench.
"It was good to have them back but the game maybe wasn't appropriate because Dundee had a lot of young players in the team," Shiels said.
"As a result of that we have planned a closed-door game against Dunfermline at Kilmarnock on Tuesday to give them another game.
"But it was good to have them back and Hefffernan scoring helped.
"The three of them acquitted themselves very well."
Their return leaves Garry Hay and Danny Racchi, both of whom are recovering from knee surgery, as Killie's only absentees.
"I'm happy with the squad, although you are never content in this job," Shiels said.
"Our last game was a defeat so you are never happy but I amd happy with the squad at our disposal.
"Hopefully we can kick on and do well on Saturday and hopefully this can be a turning point in our season."