KENNY SHIELS, the Northern Irishman who headed up Tranmere’s youth development set-up, is looking forward to contesting the Scottish League Cup final with Kilmarnock.
Manager Shiels watched his son Dean score the extra-time winner over Ayr United in last weekend’s semi-final to book Killie a Hampden Park showdown with Celtic next month.
The goalscorer made his way towards his father to celebrate the precious goal but Shiels insisted the moment held no special resonance because of their relationship.
“I didn’t have any feelings about it being my boy at all,” Shiels said. “I was just delighted when the ball hit the net, because I didn’t think it was going to be our day. But Dean worked hard and had a few efforts at goal, so he deserved it.”
Shiels senior Šplayed and managed in Ireland before joining Rovers as head of youth in 2007.ŠHe left Prenton Park in June 2010 to become assistant manager at Scottish Premier League club Kilmarnock, working under Mixu Paatelainen.
After Paatelainen left Rugby Park to become the head coach of Finland’s national team, ŠShiels became caretaker manager.
The appointment became permanent in June 2011.