Kenny Shiels says more players could leave Kilmarnock in January

The Rugby Park boss has already lost Liam Kelly and Michael Nelson.

Kenny Shiels
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Kenny Shiels has braced Kilmarnock fans for further January departures following the sales of Liam Kelly and Michael Nelson.

Scotland midfielder Kelly joined Championship side Bristol City for £200,000 last week while central defender Nelson departed for League Cup semi-finalists Bradford City for £50,000 on Wednesday.

Rabiu Ibrahim has been the Ayrshire side’s one incoming move in the window so far while Gary Harkins continues to be linked with a move to Dundee.

And while keen to blood the club’s younger players, Shiels says he may lose other players in this transfer window.

"You obviously have to cut your cloth and I'm not going to complain," said Shiels.

"We might be affected the most but we can't start crying because it sends out negative energy, and we don't want that to happen.

"They are massive losses but there is an opportunity for others to step up. We have good people to come in.

"I am motivated towards getting young boys in to help develop their careers and the club accordingly. That's the motivation I have.

"There could be more players leaving. I have no problems with that. If a player wants to leave he can.

"But hopefully this is a good enough place for people not to want that."

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