Shiels remains upbeat after Kilmarnock trouncing

Anthony Stokes smashes home Celtic's fourth goal at Rugby Park
Kilmarnock had no answer to Celtic's pace and power at Rugby Park

Kenny Shiels remains very keen on remaining at Kilmarnock beyond the end of the season despite a 4-0 thumping from Celtic at Rugby Park.

"Of course I do," was the interim manager's reply when asked if he still wanted the job permanently.

"You could see some good things and I think everyone saw a good game.

"I know we want to win matches and that's a priority for us but I don't think the performance was as bad as you might think."

Shiels has overseen three matches since the departure of former boss Mixu Paatelainen, drawing twice before the drubbing from Celtic.

Kris Commons opened the scoring on four minutes and found the net again before Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes added goals for the visitors.

Celtic were much sharper from the off and played with a pace and precision that Kilmarnock struggled to cope with for long spells.

"They were at a different level to us," explained Shiels. "No question about it.

"You have to reflect and say that when a team is playing at a different tempo and moving the ball about so well, that Celtic were good. They were really good.

"They get the early goal then their tails are up and they're oozing confidence and playing with panache."

Kilmarnock rarely threatened, with David Silva often isolated up front.

And on the two occasions the striker did get a glimpse of goal he was thwarted by Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

"I felt that we played in patches and tried to distribute the ball but we didn't penetrate very much," added Shiels.

"We were up against it and there were parts that we spoke about in the dressing room where we feel we should have done better.

"We gave the ball away cheaply in our own half of the pitch for two of the goals, so we have to deal with the ball better.

"There were a few positive things. I know a 4-0 scoreline doesn't suggest that.

"We saw a bit of character from some of them when we had to dig in.

"If I make comparisons to this game and the one at Parkhead earlier this season when we got a point, there was a lot of this game when we were better.

"At Parkhead Celtic tore us apart and created so many chances. Tonight they converted those chances."

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