Derek McInnes has told St Johnstone manager Steven MacLean that “you can’t guarantee” any wins in the Premiership as the pair prepare to come head-to-head on Saturday.
The Perth side are sitting ninth in the league and will know that a win at Rugby Park will be a massive step towards league survival.
But McInnes was unhappy at MacLean’s pre-match comments after hearing him say his side are going to win in Ayrshire.
Speaking to the press on Thursday, the Kilmarnock boss said: “I’m not really concerned about anyone else, I’m only concerned about us and wining the game to help our cause.
“I’ve just watched Steven MacLean’s press conference on the TV and he says that they won’t get relegated and they are coming here and they will win the game on Saturday.
“It’s hard to guarantee that as any manager, all I can guarantee is we will be ready for a tough game and we will do all we can to win the game of football.
“If we win the game, then it helps our cause, no doubt about it. I think anyone can deal with that and look at it anyway they want but from my point of view, as a manager, you can’t guarantee anything.
“All you can guarantee is that your team is going to work for the right result and that’s what we’ll be looking to try and do. If we can build on the second half performance last Saturday and if we can get close to full 90 minutes at that level, we will give ourselves a real chance.”
Kilmarnock are currently sitting in tenth place, but only two points ahead of bottom side Dundee United and one ahead of Ross County who occupy the playoff spot, and could leapfrog St Johnstone with a win at the weekend.
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