Kilmarnock boss Shiels happy despite Celtic defeat

Kilmarnock caretaker boss Kenny Shiels
Shiels wants the Killie job on a permanent basis

Kilmarnock caretaker boss Kenny Shiels was pleased with his team's application despite slipping to a 2-0 defeat by Celtic at Rugby Park.

"I couldn't ask for more from the players and they gave a good account of themselves," he told BBC Scotland.

"The players are giving as good as they're getting in every game - they can't give any more.

"Now Motherwell is a big game for us. If we can go there and get a good result we've clinched fifth position."

Kilmarnock had managed to block out Celtic until first-half stoppage time, when Scott Brown headed the visitors in front.

Kris Commons made it 2-0 in the second period with a fantastic strike from distance into the top corner.

"The first goal was always going to have a big influence in the outcome because there was so much tension from Celtic's perspective after their result at Inverness," said Shiels.

"Right up to that point it was a good, even game. We had posed a few problems for them.

"It was a bad time to concede. I told them at half-time they had matched Celtic.

"The work ethic was good and there were a lot of good performances out there.

"The supporters and the club want to get fifth place and then we can look forward to the Rangers game."