You've pickled him! Kilmarnock boss Shiels slams Everton interest in Kennedy

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels has confirmed Everton's interest in Matthew Kennedy, but has criticised the club for 'pickling' the young winger's mind.

The Toffees have reportedly made a £250,000 bid for the 17-year-old Scotland youth international, who has impressed in the SPL since making his debut as a 16-year-old.

Pickled: Kilmarnock winger Matthew Kennedy

Pickled: Kilmarnock winger Matthew Kennedy


But while Shiels admitted that talks were ongoing with Everton, he told the Daily Record that Kennedy would be better off staying put for the time being.

‘The boy’s head has been pickled with talk of Everton,’ said Shiels.

‘There are negotiations taking place at the top end of each club.

‘I have spoken to Matty’s father and told him what I think is the best thing for his son’s career. A young lad’s career is the most important thing here, not finances.’

Meanwhile, Everton boss David Moyes is in the market for another striker but is unsure about the value attached to Wolves' Kevin Doyle.

The Republic of Ireland international works tirelessly but looks to have lost an edge to his game over the past year with Wolves' dip in form, confidence and subsequent relegation affecting him.