Kilmarnock recall defender Jack Sanders from loan spell at Cove 

Derek McInnes has increased his defensive options for the second half of the season.

Kilmarnock recall defender Jack Sanders from loan spell at Cove Rangers SNS Group

Kilmarnock have recalled Jack Sanders from his loan spell at Cove Rangers and said he will be competing for a place in Derek McInnes’ squad.

The defender, who joined Killie from Wigan in July 2021, has been at Cove since September and has been an ever-present in their team, playing every minute of their 12 matches since.

Sanders scored his first goal for the club on Monday but the team went on to suffer a 6-1 defeat, leading to the sacking of manager Jim McIntyre.

A Kilmarnock statement read: “Kilmarnock Football Club can confirm that Jack Sanders has been recalled from his loan at Cove Rangers and he will now return to fight for his place in Derek McInnes’ squad.

“The 23-year-old enjoyed an impressive spell up North, having played every minute of Cove’s 12 league matches since joining in September 2022.

“Jack will now bolster Kilmarnock’s defensive options ahead of a busy start to the 2023 campaign.”

Sanders will now push for a place in McInnes’ squad for this weekend’s match against Celtic, and the 23-year-old will hope to play his part as the Rugby Park side look to climb from ninth place in the Premiership table.