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Northern Ireland international Josh Magennis facing 'headbutt' probe after Kilmarnock stars clash

By Gavin McCafferty

Northern Ireland international Josh Magennis could face a Scottish FA rap after he appeared to headbutt a team-mate.

Magennis clashed with his Kilmarnock pal Jamie Hamill during the first half of their 4-1 win over Partick Thistle.

The 24-year-old, who was a late substitute in Northern Ireland's 2-1 Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Finland at Windsor Park, had a blazing bust-up with Hamill as the pressures of the relegation battle boiled over.

Killie boss Gary Locke laughed off the incident but the SFA are unlikely to see the funny side.

The clash was missed by referee John Beaton but they could still find themselves in trouble.

The bust-up happened when Magennis took exception to criticism from Hamill after he conceded a free-kick.

However, Locke played down the incident and insisted it just highlighted the players' desire to remain in the top flight.

Locke, who was delighted to see his team secure their Premiership place, said: "I thought they were trying to give each other a kiss to be honest.

"It showed that the two of them were desperate to win. As long as it doesn't step over the mark then I don't need to step in. And I thought they both produced fantastic performances. We should be talking about that.

"It's not something I'm overly bothered about. If they go over the score I'll get involved.

"It happens every day in training. It shows that the spirit is there in the players.

"They were fine in the shower afterwards, kissing each other. The two of them are strong characters and you need that if you want to be successful."

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