Johnson has point to prove

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Lee Johnson insists he has unfinished business in Scotland which he hopes to conduct with Kilmarnock.

The 30-year-old midfielder had a short spell at Hearts in 2006 which ended after only four appearances before he returned to England and Bristol City.

After being released by City, Johnson was snapped up by Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels earlier in the month and is set to make his Killie debut against Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday. "I am looking forward to it," Johnson told Press Association Sport.

"I came up to Hearts for a bit and it didn't work out. But I did love it, I had no regrets and I thought if I got the chance to come up here again I would do it. I do feel I have a bit of a point to prove because people didn't see enough of me. I'm 30, I have a few years in me and I am hungry for silverware."

With that in mind Johnson can look forward to a Scottish Communities League Cup final against Celtic at Hampden next month. The Englishman admitted that showpiece occasion offers a huge incentive to him.

"Of course it is," he said. "I haven't come here to make up the numbers, I have come here to have an influence.

"I'm appreciative of the lads who did well, especially getting to the cup final, but of course I would love to get the opportunity to be involved in that and if I can get my chance it us up to me to keep hold of the shirt."

Johnson knows he and his Killie team mates will come up against a fired-up Rangers crowd who will be giving their full backing to the team with some defiance after the Ibrox club entered administration on Tuesday.

"It's is going to be a fantastic occasion," he said. "I am not going there with any sympathy because I want the three points, so we have got to make sure we go and do our job.

"Obviously you did need help and a bit of experience to be able to cope with big occasions. From what I've seen so far the lads have got that and we are quite confident, without being disrespectful, that we can go and get a result."

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