Alex Dyer 'gutted' for Kilmarnock fans over Hibs as he blasts Easter Road club's TV decision
Rugby Park fans will be the only ones in the entire country unable to watch the big kick-off when their team plays at Easter Road.
Although the SPFL are allowing clubs to sell one-off matches on a pay-per-view basis, Hibs have chosen not to take the option for the opener with the contest available only to their own season-ticket holders.
After months without action, it’s a desperate blow for the Ayrshire faithful and Dyer admits he’s disappointed at the decision with people desperate to get their football fix again.
He said: “I’m so sorry the supporters won’t be able to see the match, it’s disappointing.
“I know the board were involved in talks and they were trying their best but Hibs are just not budging.
“Each club looks after their own, I don’t think we would have done the same but everyone has to do what they feel’s right for their club. They’re not worried about what’s right for Kilmarnock.
“The fans have been through the mill, they’ve missed that atmosphere of going to a game.
“Football is a release, people work hard all week and, whatever life’s thrown at them, they can come and watch the football.
“I’m gutted for the fans because I know they would have been desperate to see our first game of the season.
“But we will try and do our best for the supporters and ensure we get the right result for them.
“We just have to make sure we go there and put on a performance.”
Better news for Dyer arrived with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announcing fans may be able to return to stadiums with a reduced capacity in mid-September.
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He said: “It’s going to be fantastic. It’ll be nice to get supporters back at a game.
“Our stadium is big and we can social distance. At least we could have a few in the ground to watch the games. It would be nice.”
Meanwhile, Dyer revealed signing target Aaron Tshibola and skipper Gary Dicker could be shock last-minute additions to the squad for tomorrow’s Premiership opener against Hibs.
Tshibola was released by Portuguese side Desportivo Das Aves with Killie awaiting international clearance before the 25-year-old can register. Dicker has also made a rapid recovery from a hernia operation and could be at Easter Road.
Dyer said: “That’s coming along nicely. We’re waiting for papers to clear. It could be done in a day, it could take three weeks.
“We are hoping that everything gets done in time for the opener. If not, we have enough in the building and we’ll be alright.”