Dundee’s Faissal El Bakhtaoui is convinced he can still make it in the Premiership but is happy to have the chance to prove himself all over again at Dunfermline.
The Frenchman left Tayside for the Pars on a season-long loan after becoming increasingly frustrated with his lack of game-time at Dens Park.
The 25-year-old scored eight times in 66 appearances for the Dark Blues after joining from Dunfermline in 2016 but failed to scale the heights he did with the Pars first time round.
The striker insists his opportunities in the central striking role were all too rare under Neil McCann and this term was unlikely to be any better.
Now the former futsal star, who joined Dunfermline as a complete unknown in 2012, is desperate to breathe new life into his career in familiar surroundings.
Speaking ahead of last night’s Irn-Bru Cup clash away to Inverness Caley Thistle, he said: “I have come back a better player, with more experience. I learned so much in the Premiership, even though I was a bit frustrated at Dundee.
“I think I can play at that level but it just didn’t happen for me. I just didn’t get my game-time.
“When I did play at Dundee, I think I did well, but I thank Neil McCann for giving me the chance to come out to Dunfermline on loan.
“The system we played at Dundee didn’t help me. We were playing just one up front and I was playing as a second striker and on the left and the right wing.
“I was happy to play, I was happy to get a game but I don’t think it was my right position.
“All my goals I scored with Dundee came when I was in my right position, in the middle, and I’m happy to get the chance to play there with Dunfermline.”