Ghana midfielder Prince Buaben says he his determined to help Heart of Midlothian secure promotion to the Scottish top-flight.
He joined the Edinburgh club on a one-year contract last month but has spent a fair part of the intervening period fielding questions about why he is not playing at the top level.
The 27-year-old is fully charged, ready to begin a new chapter of his career and is certain to start in midfield against Rangers.
Yet he is still hearing people asking why Hearts and why the Championship.
â€œPeople say I need to prove a point at my age, but I didnâ€™t come here to prove any point,â€ said Buaben, speaking exclusively to the Evening News.
â€œI just came here to help the team get up. They belong in the Scottish Premiership so I want to do well for them and hopefully they can get promotion.
â€œPeople have said I can do better than coming to the Championship in Scotland. They keep asking me why I came to the Championship. I just tell them itâ€™s not because of any reason other than playing football and enjoying football again. Hopefully Hearts can go back up and then weâ€™ll see what happens.
â€œFootball is the same everywhere you play. Obviously the Premiership is a higher standard but, if you look at the Championship this season, I think itâ€™s going to be better than the Premiership. Playing for Hearts against teams like Hibs and Rangers will be amazing.â€