Dundee defender Lee Ashcroft started his road back to the Scottish Premiership when he was released by Kilmarnock following a play-off final win – now it could be finished against his former side.

Ashcroft was part of the Kilmarnock side that survived in the 2015/16 season via the Premiership play-offs with victory over Falkirk. Now in the 2020/21 season, Ashcroft is targeting another win, but this time the shoe is on the other foot, looking to take Kilmarnock’s spot in Scotland’s top flight with Dundee.

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Lee Ashcroft is targeting Dundee promotion. (Photo by Roddy Scott/SNS Group via Getty Images)

James McPake’s team hold a 2-1 lead from the first leg and Ashcroft is hoping to make his Premiership return: “It’s a long time ago that I left. I loved my time at the club but it never worked out. I was glad to finish on a high and keep the club in the division.

“I hadn’t played many games that season but I got in for the play-offs and managed to do well and keep the club up. I look back and it was a great experience to go through. I am looking to do the opposite now and get Dundee back where they belong. I’m a Dundee player now and I want to get Dundee back in the Premiership.


“That’s I was brought in here for. Hopefully I can be a part of that and do my job. It would be amazing in my first year at the club. I have obviously been in the Championship longer than I wanted to be but that’s down to myself as well.

“I have been in Kilmarnock’s position before with Killie and it feels as if the weight of the world is on your shoulders. I know it’s a game of football but it means so much to so many people. Hopefully we can get there in the end and I’m sure the feeling after it will be great.”

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