Shiels reveals loan interest

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Kenny Shiels

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels has told how Barclays Premier League clubs asked him to take some of their players on loan in a bid to boost their development.

Shiels signed Celtic youngster Lewis Toshney on loan ahead of the transfer deadline and has spoken about how he is keen to develop the teenager's potential. But, despite interest from south of the border, the Rugby Park boss is reluctant to strike too many similar deals and risk Kilmarnock losing their identity as a club in their own right.

Shiels said: "There are clubs in England who have been in touch and asked me to develop their players, Premier League clubs, but they weren't the right positions that we needed at that particular time."

He added: "In December, I had meetings with clubs in England - big clubs - and they would like us to take on a couple of their players.

"I'm reluctant to because, if you bring in too many loan players, it takes away a dynamic of the team and the squad.

"So I'm reluctant to do it too often. I don't want it to become just (a case of) 'we'll develop your players'.

"Kilmarnock are a club in our own right so we can't fall into that trap. This year is more to benefit us but there has to be some sort of supporting mechanism from us for the player's future and I feel that we can provide that."

However, Shiels does find the interest from other clubs encouraging.

He added: "Of course. Chelsea and Arsenal were very impressed with the work we are doing, just to mention two.

"There are other clubs as well who are impressed by us and see that we help players to improve and understand. The fact that they are playing in the SPL, it looks good for those clubs that they are playing at a good level also."

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