Gary Dicker has said that he would like ‘common sense’ to come forward after Kilmarnock’s virus situation.
Six players at the Rugby Park club tested positive for Covid-19 a couple of weeks ago ahead of their Premiership match with Motherwell. That one was postponed, followed by having to forfeit their League Cup opener against Falkirk 3-0.
This was due to Alex Dyer’s entire squad entering into self-isolation, only six senior players appearing against Dunfermline in the League Cup on Tuesday night, losing 3-0.
A request was lodged to temporarily delay their next match with Livingston on Saturday but that was pushed back as many Killie players try to rush back into shape. Dicker has praised the stand-in Rugby Park youngsters, claiming he ‘doesn’t really understand’ some parts of the current situation.
“They have a lot to be proud of,” Dicker said. “Coming in at short-notice, I thought they did alright. Only one or two had played reserve football. People were screaming, saying ‘you’ve got players.’
“They need their heads checked a bit, a lot of them aren’t physically ready to play but the ones that did come on and play gave a good account of themselves.
“We can’t train properly (on Thursday), I don’t really understand it to be honest. We had one training session and we’re expected to play 90 minutes, with the rest coming out of isolation with two days training.
“It’s common sense, everybody’s crying out for it. Everyone who plays sport will tell you that you need to build up your fitness. But we will deal with this, we’ve got to. We would have liked a bit more time to prepare (for Livingston) and let people get back up to speed.
“But that’s their call, it’s up to them. We’re not looking for sympathy. The medical team have been brilliant and nobody’s done anything wrong. We are living like monks but you have to go to the shops.”