02 Mar Smith ‘deeply concerned’ about Kilmarnock survival
Former Kilmarnock striker Gordon Smith admits he’s deeply concerned about their chances of survival in the Scottish Premiership.
Killie suffered their third defeat in four games after a disappointing 2-0 loss to Ross County to leave them in the relegation play-off spot.
The Ayrshire outfit still have an eight-point cushion ahead of bottom side Dundee United but have played two more games.
Smith believes after seeing the poor display against the Staggies and with Aberdeen and Celtic to play before the split they’re in serious trouble.
“I had deep concerns for Kilmarnock and I think last night confirmed that with a home defeat by Ross County – a team taken apart by Dundee United, who are chasing Killie,” he said.
“It’s not only their poor form that is a worry but they’ve actually got really difficult games coming up and the chances of picking up many points are limited.
“If Dundee United put together any sort of run before the break then it could be very tight they could even catch Kilmarnock as they approach the break.
“Then they’ve got a head to head in the split. If Dundee United catch form then you would worried for Kilmarnock.”
Smith admitted he was shocked to hear new manager Lee Clark come out and say his team didn’t have the fight against the Staggies given the situation they find themselves in.
“It’s very alarming to hear that from a manager who has just come in there,” he said.
“You’re not exactly buying great respect from your team by saying things like that. You’re questioning their integrity as opposed to their ability.
“He’s maybe looking to try to get a response from his players but sometimes it can have the opposite effect.”
Smith, who started out his career at Kilmarnock in the 1970s, admits it would be hugely disappointing to see his former side go down.
“They’ve been down before in their time but it would be a big cost to the club. I could see a lot of the fan base being upset by it because Kilmarnock have been used to fighting it out in the top league.
“It would be a bit of a blow. It would hurt to see one of my former clubs go down.”