Aston Villa attacker Ross McCormack has opened up on his affinity with Leeds United ahead of Thursday night’s clash between his current and former employers.

The Scotland international spent four years at Elland Road between 2010 and 2014 before leaving the Yorkshire club to join Fulham.

McCormack has since joined Villa and is hoping to get the goals to fire Steve Bruce’s men out of the Championship and into the Premier League.

The 30-year-old has not lived up to significant expectations at the Midlands club after a move from Fulham in the summer, but signs are there that the Glasgow-born striker can be a dangerous player for the Villans.

With both Villa and Leeds desperate for three Championship points in Thursday night’s clash between the teams, McCormack has admitted that he is looking forward to taking on his former club.

“It’s always good to come up against your former team – and there’s always a bit of banter from the opposition supporters,” he told the Villa official website.

“They are a good team and are in good form so we need to be at our best. We are confident – we’ve won five home games in a row – so we need to take that belief into this latest fixture.

“I am looking forward to it. Leeds is one of the clubs that is really close to my heart. It will be a good game, I’m sure.”

Villa have been much improved under Bruce but face a rampant Leeds side that look like real promotion challengers under Garry Monk.

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