Kilmarnock stalwart Kirk Broadfoot is adamant his next Euro adventure will be one to savour, hoping for the chance to put his last European outing behind him.
The centre-half was part of the Rangers side that bowed out of European competition to Malmo and Maribor in 2011 during Champions League and Europa League qualifying.
Now he’ll get the chance to put it behind him with Angelo Alessio’s men, setting out his Kilmarnock Europa League ambition.
He told the Daily Record: “I was on the bench for the Malmo games but started both against Maribor. They were so disappointing – at a club like Rangers or Celtic you have to be in Europe and win in Europe as well.
“We’ve got standards at Kilmarnock as well though. We’re here and not just in it for the day trips.
“And if we get through I don’t see why we can’t beat Partizan Belgrade, even if they are a big club. Look at our record with Rangers and Celtic over the past couple of seasons. We only lost six of 18 to them under our last manager Steve Clarke.
“So why can’t we cause upsets? We set up to be hard to beat.”
Partizan are the real test for Broadfoot and Killie
A victory against Connah’s Quay Nomads might not do much to soften Broadfoot’s European woes. However, a challenge against Serbian giants Partizan Belgrade might just do the trick.
Killie will be underdogs in that game, but they’re used to that. As Broadfoot says, their record against the old firm shows they can deliver in less than favorable circumstances.
Belgrade will be the real test for Killie. The Nomads should be swept aside with ease. If they get by the Serbians’ that’s a huge achievement for Alessio and Kilmarnock.
A Europa League shock may just give Broadfoot the chance to right some wrongs at the unlikeliest of clubs.