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Mark is keen to be Kev partner


MARK BURCHILL is keen to resume his partnershi­p with Kevin Kyle as he pushes for his first Kilmarnock start against St Johnstone today.

Former Celtic hitman Burchill has come off the bench twice in recent weeks after recovering from the Achilles injury he suffered shortly after his summer move from Rotherham.

The 29-year-old played with Kyle for Scotland Under-21s and is confident they can strike up a good combinatio­n at club level.

“I’ve known big Kev for years, we were in the Under-21 squad together years ago,” Burchill said.

“We had three or four appearance­s, he was just coming into the squad and was coming off the bench.

“But you know when you train with someone for a couple of days, you know right away if you can play with someone or you can’t.

“I know his style and he knows my style. I’m sure if we were played together, we could form a good partnershi­p.

“It’s easy to play with someone who is a good player. But there are a few other good forwards at the club, so it’s a good mix.”

Meanwhile, Hugh Murray believes there is little chance of any other team in the SPL finishing above Rangers and Celtic.

But the St Mirren midfielder is still bracing himself for a difficult afternoon when they travel to Dundee United to face one of the Old Firm’s biggest challenger­s.

United head into the match at Tannadice fourth in the SPL, but within touching distance of the Glasgow giants and knowing that, depending on results this weekend, they could move into second spot.

“Everybody is speaking about other teams catching the Old Firm,” said Murray.

“But, personally, I think it will be Rangers and Celtic who will be first and second.”

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Burchill on the way back

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