Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels says threat to play suspended Manuel Pascali was 'wind-up'

Kenny Shiels: Kilmarnock boss has back-tracked over Manuel Pascali

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Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels has admitted his threat to play Manuel Pascali against Celtic, despite the defender being suspended, was a "wind-up".

Pascali landed a two-game suspension after being sent off in the third minute against St Johnstone a fortnight ago and has only served one match.

Shiels claimed that technically the Italian had already missed two games - the Scottish Cup tie against Queen of the South and 90 of the 93 minutes played against St Johnstone.

The controversial Killie manager - already facing two SFA charges - originially said: "I'm looking into the ruling and I need to speak to the chairman, but as it stands I plan to include Pascali in the squad for Saturday's game.

"I think it's within the rules to play him because he has technically served his two-match suspension. He was sent off three minutes into the St Johnstone game. According to my maths, he's served two full games.

"He has completed 90 minutes against St Johnstone and he missed last Saturday, so he will definitely be in the squad - if not starting.

"I think technically I'm right so I'll play him and see where that takes us. I'm not worried about the consequences. I think we should go ahead and do it."

But on Friday, Shiels came clean, telling the Scottish Sun: "It was a wind-up. Of course Manuel won't feature."