Shiels: Cup joy tinged with sadness

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Kenny Shiels has spoken of the sadness that has enveloped Kilmarnock following the death of midfielder Liam Kelly's father, who collapsed following Sunday's 1-0 Scottish Communities League Cup final win over Celtic at Hampden.

Jack Kelly, 59, suffered a suspected heart attack just after the final whistle and received emergency treatment from paramedics next to the Kilmarnock dugout. As Killie players and supporters celebrated winning the trophy for the first time in the club's history, thanks to Dieter van Tornhout's header, Liam Kelly went up the tunnel in a state of distress.

The 22-year-old midfielder rushed to the nearby hospital where his father was taken, but he died shortly afterwards. The rest of the players were told the news of the death as they toured the Ayrshire town on an open-top bus. Kilmarnock boss Shiels told Press Association Sport: "We are all feeling for Liam and his family."

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