Kilmarnock star Eremenko shocked by SPL roughhouse tactics

Kilmarnock midfielder Alexei Eremenko has hit out at the roughhouse tactics in the SPL.

Kilmarnock midfielder Alexei Eremenko has hit out at the roughhouse tactics in the SPL.

After lighting up the SPL since a loan move in the summer from Russian side Metalist Kharkiv, Eremenko highlighted the treatment he received during last month's Scottish Cup tie at Ibrox where he risked serious injury.

He said: "It's crazy to think there are people who would try to injure you or break your leg.

"Against Rangers the tackles were pretty bad. Some of the challenges they put in were really, really incredible.

"I remember taking the ball to the corner and they just smashed me. Now I need to be more careful.

"I just think about trying to avoid the dangerous tackles and I've been good at that. I've been jumping up because if I stayed on my feet then my legs would be broken already.

"People think if I jump it's because I'm trying to get a free-kick but I'm jumping to protect myself.

"If I stay on the ground when someone lunges in then they are going to break my leg. If I am in the air it's different as your leg just gets smashed.

"There are nutcases in every country although maybe managers are telling them to play hard with me.

"Maybe they want me to lose my temper and put me off.

"My game hasn't been confused here but I have become stronger and now play a lot more one touch.

"I need to always look behind me to see who is coming and I need to react quicker."

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