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European qualification a ‘big aim’ for Kilmarnock, says Lyons

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Saturday, Apr 13, 2024

KILMARNOCK: Brad Lyons hopes to help Kilmarnock take another step towards Europe after becoming available for the first time this year.The 26-year-old Northern Ireland midfielder sustained a knee injury in the 2-2 home draw against Dundee on December 30 and required an operation.

Killie finished the game in fourth place in the cinch Premiership and remain in that European spot, five points ahead of St Mirren with six games remaining.Ahead of the visit to

play St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on Saturday, Lyons, who was “absolutely delighted” to recently sign a new deal which keeps him at Rugby Park until 2026, claims a European spot is a massive aim.

He said: “We’re really proud that we got top-six this season, especially from our last two seasons where we were coming out of the Championship and then surviving relegation.“So that’s a big aim for us. That’s the drive.“Obviously, we’re going to take it a game at a time but that’s a big aim is trying to get Europe and trying to get this club back to where it belongs.”

Lyons, who signed for Killie from Blackburn in June 2021, admitted the road to recovery from the most serious injury of his career has been hard and is thankful for all the help he received.“I’ve had a few injuries but this has been the most long-term one,” he said.