Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke has blasted the SPFL’s scheduling of the post-split fixtures – calling the league “amateur” for cramming so many fixtures in during winter.

Killie face five games over the final six weeks of the campaign and Clarke thinks more games should be pushed in at the end of the campaign when the weather is better.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke looks on during the Scottish Cup 5th Round Replay between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Clarke mockingly called the decision “really clever” as he pointed to packed schedules earlier in the season.

“It’s one of the vagaries of the Scottish amateur league, sorry the Scottish football league,” Clarke told the Daily Record.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 08: Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke arrives prior to the Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership match Celtic and Kilmarnock at Celtic Park Stadium on December 8, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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“We’ve got two weeks off for an international break, pack three games into a week and then have another two-week break before we play another league game.

“We’ve got five allocated Saturday’s between now and the end of the season. So when we get really good weather we spread the games out but in the winter we pack them all together. It’s really clever.”

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - JULY 13: Kilmarnock FC manager Steve Clarke looks on during the Betfred Scottish League Cup match between Kilmarnock and St Mirren at Rugby Park on July 13, 2018 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

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Despite Clarke’s complaints about the weather, there haven’t been too many issues created by it this season and games have had to be moved around to accommodate the winter break clubs demanded.

With the weather in Scotland anyone’s guess most years until the end of April, even allowing for more games to be played later in the season could lead to issues down the line.

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