Football - McKenzie: Killie must stay focused

Rory McKenzie has refuted any suggestions that Kilmarnock have nothing to play for as they face up to the remainder of the season in the bottom half of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

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Defeat at the hands of Dundee - combined with Dundee United's own last-gasp victory over Aberdeen - saw Killie fail to book their place in the top six ahead of the league split.

Every team who did make the cut - other than champions in waiting Celtic - are now vying for a European spot.

But, despite their own ambitions being limited to seventh place at best, McKenzie insists Kilmarnock's players will be motivated for the visit of Hearts.

The forward said: "It was a tough few days after the game against Dundee but we've had a break since then. It's not forgotten about but we are just focusing on the Hearts game now.

"A lot of people are saying there is nothing to play for but I don't see it that way at all.

"We've got players playing for contracts and there is still a lot of money to play for in terms of places in the bottom six. So I see the game against Hearts as a big game."

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