Two old hands debut at Rugby Park?

Last updated : 14 January 2010 By Firparkcorner

Having been thrown in at the deep end for the clash against Hearts, Brown's presence - though no doubt not insignificant - was secondary to that of Gordon Young who officially picked the team.

The veteran has now had a chance to see the players in training for a couple of weeks and after racking up a cricket score against Bellshill, he will presumably be raring to go for real. The postponement of the matches with Hamilton and Inverness means this is first real chance to impress and, ironically enough, he could be up against another manager making his debut. It could well be Jimmy Calderwood, far from an SPL newbie, in the home dugout.

On the pitch, we should have a strong compliment of players available with only Hutchison seeming like an injury doubt. Ruddy and Jutkiewicz have extended their loans to give us valuable talent at either end of the park for another few weeks while Coke could also boost the midfield if he rediscovers his early season form.

Kilmarnock seem to be in open dispute with their best player, Kevin Kyle, and if disciplinary measures meant he wasn't kitting up for them on Saturday few would be disappointed. He may not have an abundance of footballing talent but uses his power well and his goals have been crucial for the Rugby Parkers in keeping their heads above water.

This is unlikely to be a classic but both sides will surely be up for a battle. It may take a bit of luck or a rare moment of class to settle the game but following a narrow loss at Tynecastle, fortune may finally smile upon Motherwell again with a 1-0 win.

Remember the last visit to Rugby Park?