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Clarke: Competitive Killie can match last season's high

The manager said he won't set specific targets but believes in potential for success.

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke has refused to set any targets for the forthcoming season but said if his team show their best then they could have another season to remember.

The Rugby Park club finished fifth in the Premiership last time out, with Clarke turning the side around in spectacular fashion after his arrival in October.

Clarke has now had a pre-season to work with his players and is approaching the season's kick-off, in the Betfred cup clash with St Mirren, with hopes of making a mark on every competition they enter. 

He said the key for him is not about hitting positions or objectives, but about getting the team right on the field and letting everything else take care of itself.

"We want to be competitive in every game," he said. "If you enter a competition, you should try to win it.

"That's got to be the bottom line. So we enter the League Cup and we want to win it, whether we can win it or not is a different story but we want to try and win it.

"We want to go as far as we can in the competition.

"But I won't set targets. I'll never put that we want to be here or there or everywhere. I want the team to be competitive in every game we play."

While targeting improvement, Clarke says that progress might not necessarily be measured in a climb up the table but he still has confidence that if things go according to plan then they can surpass last season's achievement.

"We proved last year that if we are competitive then we can pick up enough points and enough wins to have a decent season," he said.

"We have to aim to do better than last year but you don't know how the other teams have improved . You don't know how difficult the league is going to be. Sometimes, things may go against you and you end up in a lesser league position and actually feel like you've achieved a little bit more. That can happen.

"We just want to be competitive in all the games and if we do that then I think we can be at least as good as last season."

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