‘I knew it wasn’t good . . .’ McKen­zie re­calls ping of pain

The Herald - Sport - - FOOTBALL - NEIL CAMERON

JUST when life was get­ting so en­joy­able for Kil­marnock’s Rory McKen­zie his body goes and lets him down.

At Celtic Park on Satur­day, the winger, who was be­ing mind­ful of his de­fen­sive du­ties, moved to block a cross and his ham­string went ping. Right away he knew it was se­ri­ous.

McKen­zie was play­ing his best foot­ball, had started talk­ing about a new deal and now it might be Jan­uary be­fore the Kil­marnock supporters see him again.

“It’s prob­a­bly the worst I’ve felt to be fair,” said McKen­zie. “On Satur­day night I knew it was bad. I had never pulled a mus­cle be­fore but you know when it’s a bad one. I was pretty gut­ted. Stu­art Arm­strong went to cross the ball and I stuck out my leg to try and block it. I just felt a shoot­ing pain straight away. I just knew it wasn’t good.

“I was just really en­joy­ing it as well, I was en­joy­ing my foot­ball. Last sea­son was dif­fi­cult as I got off to a good start and then had an in­jury. I was just hav­ing fun, ev­ery Satur­day I was en­joy­ing it. Even some­times we were get­ting beat but I felt we were play­ing OK. That’s the big­gest thing I’ve tried to do this sea­son, just have fun and chill out a wee bit.”

McKen­zie was cer­tainly chilling this week as he helped launch the club’s 2016 cal­en­der. He re­vealed: “The leg has been iced from 9am to mid­day.”

“I can’t get my head around not play­ing but it’s hap­pened now. I had ten­donitis last year and that was hard. It’s just the way it hap­pened, I’ve never pulled a mus­cle be­fore and it’s go­ing to be a long six weeks.”

The week­end rather summed up this Kil­marnock team. A draw at Celtic Park, that’s two points taken from the cham­pi­ons so far, and then they can go and lose badly to a side be­low them in the league.

Many folk had Kil­marnock favourite for rel­e­ga­tion but they have some de­cent play­ers who could do with find­ing some con­sis­tency.

“It’s al­ways been the same,” said McKen­zie. “Mark O’Hara and I were say­ing when we beat Celtic last sea­son, I think we played In­ver­ness here the next week and got beat 2-0.

“We seem to do well against the bet­ter teams and in games Kil­marnock are ex­pected to win we don’t win. It’s strange. If Satur­day’s re­sult is go­ing to mean any­thing we really need to win the next games.”

And as for the con­tract, noth­ing yet has been de­cided.

“I was of­fered a new deal a couple of weeks ago, so it’s just at the first stage just now. I’ve not signed any­thing and we’re look­ing over it.”

CAL­EN­DER BOY: Rory McKen­zie helps launch Kil­marnock’s 2016 cal­en­der at Rugby Park

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