On 24 hours after Lee Clark signed a three and a half year contract to be Kilmarnock’s new manager, his first game in charge was a high profile fifth round cup replay at home to Rangers.
Despite being a division lower than Kilmarnock and away from home, it was Rangers who took the game to the former Newcastle midfielder’s new side.
After only three minutes the visitors were ahead via a Martyn Waghorn penalty.
Clark though got his players to instantly regroup and only four minutes later equalised through Rory McKenzie.
A pretty even first half followed with no further goals, though in the second half Rangers turned the screw and were dominant.
Despite the final tally being 17 Rangers shots to Kilmarnock’s six, it looked as though Lee Clark’s men would take the game to extra time but an injury time strike from Nicky Clark sent Rangers through to the last eight and a home tie against Dumbarton or Dundee. Former Newcastle full-back James Tavernier was part of the victorious Rangers team.
Lee Clark now looks to pick his team up and try to improve their league position when Dundee visit on Saturday.
Currently 11th (second bottom), there is plenty to aim at above as only six points separate Kilmarnock and Ross County who are fourth.
Lee Clark played for Newcastle in two spells and since hanging up his boots has taken on some tough assignments.
After doing well at Huddersfield, Lee Clark took over at basket case clubs Birmingham and Blackpool both with sever problems behind the scenes.
The 43 year old took over from Gary Locke as boss at Rugby Park and here’s hoping this latest job will get his managerial career heading in the right direction once again.