Ndaba 'aiming for the stars' after 'surprising' suspension

Corrie Ndaba says his Kilmarnock teammates have got him up to speed on the importance of the Scottish Cup as they eye a quarter-final spot.

Derek McInnes' side enjoyed a late win over Livingston on Wednesday night and will be hoping to carry that momentum into Saturday's tie with League 1 Cove Rangers.

The on-loan Ipswich Town defender believes the bolstered squad after the January window has raised competition for places, which can only benefit them as they seek to fulfil their ambitions.

"This cup here is pretty special," Ndaba said. "If we could get another win tomorrow that'd be really good.

"I think we should go into every game thinking we can win. It would be really good to win a cup like this. Speaking to the lads and the staff, it's a special cup. Hopefully, [we can] aim for the stars and it'll be a big achievement.

"All the new signings look really sharp in training, everyone looks really sharp in training. I think when good players come into the group it lifts the level again. Everyone wants to play, everyone wants to perform and show the manager they're good enough to play."

Ndaba returns to the Killie squad from suspension after being shown a controversial red card in the 2-2 draw with Hibs last week.

Having initially being shown a yellow, the defender was dismissed when a check of the monitor upgraded the card to red. Ndaba admitted the first sending off of his career came as a shock.

"I'm happy to be back now," he added. "It [his suspension] was only a week but it felt longer.

"I was a bit surprised. I don't think it was a red card but I think the referee said from the follow-through it was a red, so there's not much I could do.

"It gets a bit technical now. Obviously I've got the ball first and then the follow-through has went to his ankle. I didn't really have anywhere to put my leg but again, the referee gave me a red card so I had to take my medicine.

"You shouldn't think too much about it. I always try to tackle clean, that's the way I play. I'm just going to play like normal.