Kilbane apologises for gesture
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Fans vented their anger at the Republic of Ireland man during a dismal 2-1 defeat at the hands of Gent on Saturday night.
Kilbane reacted by aiming his two-fingered gesture at the travelling fans, prompting boss Peter Reid to substitute him immediately.
The former West Brom man has now offered an apology to all the fans who took the trouble to travel out to watch the side play.
"I want to offer my sincere apologies to those supporters. They travel a long way to these games and spend their cash to back us and I deeply regret what I did," said Kilbane.
"It was a moment of frustration and things just got the better of me. It was my first game back, I was feeling a bit tired and things boiled over.
"I'm devastated by the whole thing because it's always my aim to go out there and try my best for the team and the supporters.
"I just want to give my all for this club. That's what I've always tried to do and it's what I will do in the future."
Reid, meanwhile, has been linked with an ambitious move for Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen as he continues to search for new recruits.
Leeds' Robbie Keane was his last target as he desperately searches for a new striker, and he is now thought to want the Icelandic international at The Stadium of Light.