Manager Stevie Aitken bemoaned his Dumbarton side’s injury list after falling to a 3-0 defeat to Premiership side Kilmarnock in the Betfred Cup game at Rugby Park on Saturday.

The Sons got off to a bright start, and should have been a goal in front after Dougie Hill’s header crossed the line, however the referee waved play on.

Killie turned on the quality in the second half, with goals from Chris Burke, Kris Boyd and Lee Erwin saw them comfortably progress to the next round of the competition.

With Grant Gallagher out long term, and Stuart Carswell also set to miss the start of the season, and Tom Walsh and Dougie Hill returning on Saturday, Aitken admitted it’s been tough getting a team out each week.

He said: “The League Cup hasn’t been kind to us this year, certainly we’ve had a lot of problems with injuries.

“We’ve had to sign Danny Handling yesterday [Friday], Kyle Hutton’s only had one training session and Alistair Roy from Hearts has only had one training session so we’re flinging them all in and this is a difficult place to do that.

“I see a lot of good things in the team, the four games we’ve played in spells we’ve been good and once we’ve got the players back then I’m sure we’ll be a completely different team.

“Coming here, as a part-time club short of players we gave a good account of ourselves.”

The manager also confirmed Craig Barr missed the tie as he was at his brother’s wedding, and Christian Nade is returning from suspension for Saturday’s league opener against Morton.

Aitken has also reportedly been keen to talk to former AEK Athens forward, Dimitrios Froxylias and former Aberdeen striker Lawrence Shankland.

The Cypriot, who was recently on trial at Dunfermline, was the youngest player at just 17 to turn out for AEK in a European tie back in 2010.

And former Dons man Shankland, who spent last season on loan with St Mirren and Morton, is also another potential option for Aitken.