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Dad Kenny will get best out of me, insists Dean

By Steven Beacom

Northern Ireland midfielder Dean Shiels is relishing the opportunity to play under his dad Kenny at Kilmarnock.

And Shiels junior believes his father will get the best out of him in the Scottish Premier League.

Shiels made his debut for Killie at the weekend in the 0-0 draw with Motherwell after signing from Doncaster Rovers on loan.

The former Hibs ace came on for the last 17 minutes and showed enough in that short spell to suggest he could become real asset to the Rugby Park outfit.

The 26-year-old, though, is well aware that playing for a side managed by his father will put him firmly in the spotlight.

“Every player is under pressure to perform,” said Shiels (pictured).

“Once you're out there playing, he's not my dad, he's my boss. I'm out to do a job for him, the team, and the fans.

“When you're out there things like that aren't on your mind.”

Since he was a kid, being coached by Kenny, then an Irish League manager, Dean has always liked to get the ball down and play.

That style of play continued when he moved to Arsenal as a teenager and should suit the passing game that Killie currently play.

Shiels, adds: “I've been in football a long time, it's a cut-throat business.

“Everyone knows what goes on in the changing room. But we are all here to work hard for Kilmarnock.

“Anyone who knows my father will know he will not treat me any different to anyone else, and I wouldn't want it any other way.

“You can see the way he wants to play. That football suits the way I play and I think it gets the best out of me.”

Kilmarnock have recruited several players over the summer and Shiels is hoping to land another in the shape of teenage Linfield midfielder Jude Winchester, who has impressed on trial.

Meanwhile after Jim Jefferies was sacked as Hearts boss, majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov is considering bringing in former Sporting Lisbon coach Paulo Sergio to replace him.

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