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Clarke: Mulumbu deal unlikely but not out of the question

The Congo international has joined up with his former boss for training at Kilmarnock.

Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke says a deal for former West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is unlikely but not out of the question.

Congo international Mulumbu has joined up with his former boss at Rugby Park to work on his fitness after being released by English Championship side Norwich City during the summer.

Clarke played down the prospect of Mulumbu's move north becoming a permanent one, although the Kilmarnock boss refused to completely rule out the possibility of the pair being reunited.

He said: "He's not on trial, he's here to train. You don't have the experience or the standing in the game that Youssuf Mulumbu's got and go on trial.

"He's someone I know from my time at West Brom, I got a phone call from him to ask if he could come in and get his fitness up because he was sat at home on the couch doing nothing so he's been in for half a dozen sessions and is enjoying himself.

"That's as far as it goes. I think a deal would be quite difficult to do but never say never."

When you have a job in the media, if you're a pundit you have to give an opinion. That's all Kris did, he gave an opinion.
Steve Clarke on Kris Boyd's comments regarding the latest Scotland squad.

Kilmarnock have experienced an upturn in form since Clarke's arrival in Ayrshire, taking a point at Rangers and Celtic and securing a late victory against Hearts at Murrayfield last time out.

For Clarke, it has just been been a case of getting the basics right.

He said: "It's not rocket science being a football coach, you have to keep it simple, give simple clear messages to your players.

"I've managed to do that, they've managed to take on board the messages and the performances have improved.

"But we've only scratched the surface of what we need to do, we need to continue to improve and pick up points and get as far as way from the drop zone as possible."

Meanwhile, Clarke insists he has no issue with his players expressing their opinion on opposition players.

Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd recently branded the latest Scotland squad a "laughing stock" and derided the Aberdeen trio called up to the group.

He said: "When you have a job in the media, if you're a pundit you have to give an opinion.

"That's all Kris did, he gave an opinion."

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