SPFL: Alexei Eremenko returns for second spell at Kilmarnock
Kilmarnock have re-signed former fans' favourite Alexei Eremenko until the end of the season.
Last Updated: 28/01/14 4:23pm
The midfielder, who has been capped 59 times for Finland, spent a year on loan at Rugby Park between 2010-2011, scoring four goals in 31 matches.
His form earned him a nomination for the Scottish Footballer of the Year award and Celtic were reportedly keen to take the 30-year-old to Parkhead at the end of his contract.
However, he decided to team up with his younger brother Roman at Russian club Rubin Kazan where he spent two years before moving to Kairat Almaty in Kazakhstan last year.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said: "To be honest, I didn't expect to return to the club as soon as I have.
"I thought I would come back one day, maybe when I was 34 or 35, but that makes no difference. I am just delighted to be back here.
"I'm glad the deal could be done and I can't wait to put the Killie shirt on and get playing again.
"However, my last game was about three months ago so it may take a little bit time before I am ready.
"I'm not match-fit, that's for sure, but I have been training and I just need time...maybe two or three weeks to get my fitness back.
"Hopefully against Dundee United in two and a half weeks I will be ready to return.
"My main mission is to help the team to get to the top six and I hope I don't disappoint the fans.
"I want to help bring the younger players through and if someone needs some advice or help on the pitch then I am happy to help them."