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International caps reflect well on Killie, says Clarke

The Kilmarnock manager welcomed call-ups for his established and younger players.

Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke has welcomed more international call-ups for his players and says they are proof that the team is preforming collectively.

Stephen O'Donnell has been called up for the Scotland squad to face Israel and Portugal and looks to have established himself as a regular pick for Alex McLeish.

Clarke said that sort of recognition was important for everyone in the squad as it was proof that they were working for each other and to a high standard.

"It's always good when you have players selected for their national team," he said.

"It's not just Stephen O'Donnell. Aaron Tshibola's been called up by Democratic Republic of Congo and Jordan Jones is in the Northern Ireland squad.

"Eamonn Brophy and Greg Taylor will be in the Scotland Under-21s.

"That is great for them and tells you that individually they've done well but it also tells you that collectively, as a team and as a group we've been good.

"Because if you're not good as a group and a team, it's much more difficult to get individual recognition. I think the boys all appreciate that."

Before the international break, Clarke will send his team out to face a Dundee side that only registered their first league win of the season last weekend but remain at the bottom of the league.

"It was obviously big for them last weekend to get their first win of the season," he said. "I'm sure they have had a decent week in training and feel better about themselves. They will approach the game positively. 

"Neil has got a lot of talented players there and they play good football. It will be a difficult challenge for us.

"But it's still only their first win, so the pressure is still on them. They have to try to back it up, they have to try to win again. 

"So there is still pressure there. They haven't won at home and we go there in reasonable form looking to continue a half-decent run, so it should be a decent game."

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