Reid keeps faith in Kilbane
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former West Brom and Preston star has found himself out-of-favour since the opening game of the season at Blackburn.
The Irishman's future has been in doubt after he made a two-fingered gesture to the Sunderland fans in a pre-season friendly in Belgium for which he has subsequently apologised for.
Kibane has come in for fierce criticism from a section of the Black Cats fans and although he has not figured since the start of the season Reid is adamant that the Republic of Ireland international still has a big role to play in his plans on Wearside.
"Kevin Kilbane will certainly be used by me," said Reid. "We have to utilise whatever ways we can for the benefit of the club.
"I need to protect him and I need to use him. He is such an honest player as well as an honest lad.
"Ask Mick McCarthy and he will tell you he is one of the first names on the Irish team sheet."