KILMARNOCK caretaker manager James Fowler was frustrated with referee Kevin Clancy after his side’s loss to Celtic, feeling that two of the visitors’ goals shouldn’t have stood.

Fowler was aggrieved as Celtic were awarded a penalty early in the second half as Albian Ajeti went to ground under the challenge of Killie keeper Colin Doyle, feeling that the striker had gone down too easily.

He also felt that Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard was offside as he ran through to score Celtic’s third on the night.

“Overall we’re disappointed to lose the game 4-0, we created enough chances to score at least a couple of goals ourselves,” Fowler said.

“I’ve seen some of the goals back and certainly when you look at their second, I don’t think it’s a penalty.

“Speaking to the fourth official, he said the referee and the linesman were having a conversation and there was a delay in the award, so that tells its own story.

“The third looks as though it could be offside as well, so that’s the frustrating part, those big moments in games.

“We had spoken as a staff to potentially change the shape at half-time, and to lose a goal so early that I don’t think should have been a penalty, that’s frustrating.”

Fowler, head of football operations at Rugby Park, says that he may well be in the dugout again as Killie travel to St Mirren on Saturday.

"I’ll probably meet up with the board this week and we’ll take it from there," he said.

“We are looking to try and get someone in sooner rather than later, but we just have to make sure we go through the proper process and we get the right person in.

“It’s not something we feel will be a long process, but we want to identify the person we believe is going to be the best manager for Kilmarnock.”