Kenny Shiels preparing for Kilmarnock job full-time

Kilmarnock caretaker Kenny Shiels
Shiels has drawn his first two games in charge at Rugby Park

Kilmarnock caretaker Kenny Shiels says he is planning for next season in anticipation of being in the job.

Chairman Michael Johnston had earlier told BBC Scotland that Shiels was in "pole position" to land the role on a permanent basis.

But interim boss Shiels said: "We haven't dwelled on that.

"I'm trying to plan to plan in anticipation of having the job and if I haven't then the next appointment will come in and things are on the run."

Shiels has been in interim charge since Mixu Paatelainen returned to his homeland to become Finland coach in March, since when Kilmarnock have recorded two draws.

"There's no targets set in terms of winning games," he said.

"Obviously we like to win games of football, but there's no target as such.

"It's just trying to continue the flow of how we've been playing and we've achieved that in our last game and continue to do that."

Shiels was recruited by Paatelainen in June, having been head of youth at Tranmere Rovers for three years following spells as manager of Coleraine, Ballymena, Larne and Carrick Rangers.

And the coach who also led the Northern Ireland Under-17 side to the European finals would love to be his own boss full-time again.

"It is a big opportunity for myself and I see Kilmarnock as a club that can go places and we will be doing everything we can to do that," he said.

"I've a good relationship with players and supporters and hopefully I can get in and do the job properly and get established in that role and we can move forward."

Meanwhile, Shiels backed his chairman's opposition to a proposal from the Scottish Premier League to reduce the number of clubs in the top flight from 12 to 10.

"The last time there was 10 teams in the SPL, it was won by 19 points," Shiels pointed out.

"I don't think that's a good idea. It's going to crucify the game.

"Supporters don't want it. I don't see it carrying any benefits whatsoever."

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