Russell Martin praised the performance of Kieran Agard in Tuesday’s Papa John’s Trophy victory over Norwich City Under-21s, and hinted that the striker could remain involved moving forwards.
Agard was handed his first appearance since January in midweek, and marked the occasion with a brace to take his goal tally for MK Dons to 50 and secure sole possession of third place in the Club’s all-time scoring charts.
“With Kieran it has never been personal, always professional,” Martin said of the 30-year-old striker in his post-match press conference.
“We are trying to restructure things at the club in a way that we have to and he has fallen victim to that. We've also got excellent options in front of him and has been unlucky with injuries at the wrong times
“It could be easy for him to just make things difficult but he is a really strong member of the group and a great character. He's a top man and a top professional and he deserved a chance.
“Kieran has done himself proud [with his performance]. He was the first person we applauded in the dressing room because he deserved it.
“When he plays like that, he gives me a nice problem. There's a big possibility he could play more of a part going forward.”