New Kilmarnock striker Bruce Anderson hopeful teaming up with old pals can bring success

-Credit: (Image: kilmarnock fc)
-Credit: (Image: kilmarnock fc)


New Kilmarnock striker Bruce Anderson says he's 'raring to go' and insists he can team up with good pals Matty Kennedy and Danny Armstrong to help fire his new club to success.

The 25-year-old made the move to Ayrshire after a three year stint at Livingston during which he bagged 24 league goals - a figure that saw him finish top in the club's scoring charts each season and become the club's all-time leading Premiership goalscorer.

And he's keen to take his game to the next level at Rugby Park after penning a two-year deal last month. He gets to meet his new teammates tomorrow as Killie report back for pre-season training - but he'll be surrounded by plenty of familiar faces having worked under Derek McInnes at Aberdeen and played alongside several of the squad.

Speaking exclusively to the Standard, he said: "I'm raring to go and can't wait to get started. I've been keeping fit and the club have given me a personal plan to follow. It's all about making sure I'm in the best shape when I get going.

"I know the gaffer and some of the staff plus a few of the players. That was definitely a big selling point because I know how they work and what they do so it was really an easy decision when I looked at all the options.

"They were a team that really stood out to me last season and it feels like there's plenty of growth in the squad. I feel like I'm joining a club that can still get better and has lots to look forward to. I wanted to be part of that and I want to help on that journey."

Anderson was often used as the sole focal point of attack in West Lothian with McInnes opting more often for two up front. He says that suits him better - but is far from the only selling point - while he's determined to get on the end of deliveries from the club's wing kings.

He commented: "Fanbases love strikers who score goals. Thankfully I got off to a good start at Livingston and they took to me and I had a great relationship with them over my three years there. I'm aiming to have that at Kilmarnock and one thing I can guarantee is that I'll always give 100 per cent every time I step on the park. That's what I pride myself in and I believe that's what I showed at Livingston and want to show at Rugby Park.

"I'm not your bulky 6ft 5in striker and I think two up top does suit me. I think it allows me to find space that bit easier and I have someone up there I can work with and have that shared responsibility.

"That was part of the appeal but it wasn't just the idea of two up front, I like the way they play and think I can play a big role for the team. They get crosses into the box and try to create chances and opportunities for the strikers and that's my game - trying to get on the end of those chances and taking them.

"Matty (Kennedy) is one of my best pals and I've also known Danny (Armstrong) for years as well - I know what they can do and every striker wants to have service like the two of those can provide. I hope I can get on the end of it often enough to make a difference for the team."

Anderson's debut could be a European clash after Killie were drawn against Belgian outfit Cercle Brugge in today's Europa League second qualifying round draw. He admits he didn't really feel part of things during a couple of brief continental clashes whilst at the Dons and is looking forward to the challenge.

He said: "Europe was a big attraction. I played small parts in a couple of games for Aberdeen but I was only young and didn't really feel like part of the team whereas hopefully I'll be a big part of the plans here.

"That was a huge attraction and you want to challenge yourself at that level and play in these types of games. I'm really excited to be at Kilmarnock."

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