Shiels cools Broadfoot row
Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels wants to draw a line under the clash between Manuel Pascali and Kirk Broadfoot.
By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo
Last Updated: 29/09/11 6:53pm
Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels wants to draw a line under the clash between Manuel Pascali and Kirk Broadfoot durring their midweek defeat at Rangers.
The players were involved in an altercation in the tunnel after the final whistle, with Rangers boss Ally McCoist describing the incident as "handbags" and "like two boys in the playground" in his post-match press conference.
Shiels himself was quoted in the press as referring to Broadfoot as "the ugly boy from Rangers" and "the male model from Ayrshire" in a radio interview.
But the Killie boss is adamant his remarks were meant as a joke and believes they were not taken in the jocular context in which they were meant.
"I wouldn't describe them as comments, it was just banter that I was having. But it won't happen again," admitted Shiels.
"I'm going to be cliched from now on. I'm going to be boring and mundane and I'm going to take that into my press conferences.
"It's hard to change the way you are and I always try to be straight with people but we've been entrapped three times within 10 days.
"They did it with (assistant manager) Jimmy Nicholl and myself twice so they'll not do it again."
Storm in a teacup
Broadfoot hit back in a newspaper interview, claiming Pascali threatened him during Tuesday's match, which Rangers won 2-0, while branding Shiels' comments as "immature."
However, Shiels was keen to call time on the whole row, insisting: "It's not an issue. It's a storm in a teacup.
"Nothing happened. It's absolutely ridiculous to carry it on. Honestly, it shouldn't be carried on.
"What happens if something serious had happened? How long would that linger for? It's unbelievable."