O’DON­NELL READY TO RUN DOWN KIL­LIE DEAL

Scottish Daily Mail - - Football - ALAN DOU­GLAS

KILMARNOCK de­fender Stephen O’Don­nell is set to hold off on a de­ci­sion on his fu­ture un­til the end of the sea­son. The Scot­land in­ter­na­tional’s cur­rent deal ex­pires next sum­mer and he has been of­fered a new deal by Kil­lie, who face Mother­well at Fir Park tonight in an in­trigu­ing third-ver­sus-fourth clash. But O’Don­nell, 27, is pre­pared to let his con­tract run down be­fore choos­ing whether to ex­tend his stay or move on. ‘There’s been no progress,’ he re­vealed. ‘Just now, I am try­ing my best for Kilmarnock. There are things go­ing on off the pitch. My wife is preg­nant and I’m fo­cused on that, along with the foot­ball. ‘Come the end of the sea­son, I’ll prob­a­bly de­cide what I’ll do. I’m for­tu­nate Kilmarnock have of­fered me a con­tract but just now I’m not quite sure what I’m go­ing to do.’ Kil­lie may be tempted to cash in on the right-back in Jan­uary but O’Don­nell said: ‘No one came in for me in the sum­mer, so I don’t see why it will be any dif­fer­ent in Jan­uary. If it does hap­pen then we’ll need to look at it.’ O’Don­nell says it’s too early to talk about An­gelo Alessio’s Kil­lie team re­peat­ing the feat of fin­ish­ing third un­der Steve Clarke last sea­son. He said: ‘Maybe if we’re in this po­si­tion in three months, I can say it’s within our grasp.’

No rush: O’Don­nell

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