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KILLIE EFFECT – The surprising link of Osasuna and Kilmarnock.

While the high profile transfers of Fabregas, Sanchez and Coencentrao may have grabbed the La Liga headlines this summer, one of the more interesting stories is the growing link between Osasuna and Scottish team Kilmarnock FC.

For many who cast an eye over Spanish football, Real Madrid and Barcelona are the ones that only attract the interest.

With the history, skill and talent that the two possess it is easy to see why the other 18 sides are merely given a cursory glance.

Here however, despite its bizzare nature, is an intriguing example of what other teams are doing to try and develop outside of the dominant top two.

Jorge Galan may not men alot to many people outside of Pampalona, neither may Kilmarnock FC to those who live in the Spanish city.

The 22 year old striker completed a loan move to the Ayrshire club however earlier this month, and made an impressive debut coming on as a subsitute in the teams 4-1 rout of Hibernian at the weekend.

It was somewhat of a coup for Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels, and while Scottish football may not be sterotypically one that would said to suit the spanish game, it is a move that looks to be mutually benificial to both parties.

The link between the two first appeared last season when Osasuna visited Rugby Park to watch France Midfielder Mohamadou Sissoko who was on loan at the club from Udinese. Since then the relationship has flurished and contact has been maintained with officials in both clubs.

According to Kenny Shiels the link is down to the slick footballing philosphy that he is trying to bring to the Scottish team.

“They like the way we play and you get satisfaction when a club in La Liga is willing to trust you with their player”

“So that’s where the relationship began and I’ve got someone working for me in Spain. We’ve kept in touch and it has been continuing. Spain is a country I believe we can benefit from.”

With the Scottish game said to be in an ‘unhealthy’ state of late, Galan’s progress this year will be one that should be intriguing to watch.

From first evidence, the striker who struggled to get any match time last year, may well be good enough to add that flair to Kilmarnock FC.

A flair that is not always abundant in the SPL.


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