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Kiltie will welcome Eremenko

Kilmarnock youngster Gregg Kiltie believes Alexei Eremenko's return to Rugby Park could make the difference in their bid to claim a top-six slot.

The Finland international first moved to Scotland in the summer of 2010 and spent a year with the club during which he produced some impressive displays.

Now the 30-year-old former Rubin Kazan playmaker - available on a free transfer after his release by Kazakh outfit FC Kairat - is set for a move back to Killie after jetting in to watch Saturday's 2-0 win over Inverness.

The victory takes Kilmarnock up to eighth in the Scottish Premiership, but they still trail sixth-placed St Johnstone by seven points.

However, winger Kiltie - who made his first senior start in the Caley Thistle victory - says Eremenko's re-capture could propel Killie further up the table.

The 17-year-old said: "It would be brilliant if we can bring Alexei back in. Just to learn off him in training and watch what he could do would be amazing.

"I missed out on the chance to train with him the first time he was at the club because I was too young.

"But I saw him from the stands when he was first here and he was brilliant to watch. I will always remember the goal he scored against Hearts at Tynecastle, it was fantastic.

"The calibre of player that he is, he will bring so much more to the team. He brings goals and he brings assists, so he will be a dream for Kris Boyd up front.

"I think he could be the difference between us making the top six or not. With him in the side I think we can push on into that top half."