Battle of the hit-men

JASON Scotland might be aware of the threat posed by fellow hit-man Billy Sharp as Portman Road prepares to welcome Doncaster Rovers tomorrow.

But the Trinidadian is only interested in firing in the goals to earn a new contract with Town rather than worrying about the man who might become a future team-mate.

On the day Paul Jewell deflected speculation linking him with a move for Sharp, Scotland pledged to do all he can to convince the Blues boss that he still has a future at Ipswich.

The 32-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season, said: “I just want to do well for my club and do the best that I can do, score a couple of goals, and see where it takes me.

“As long as I play well and score goals, something will happen. I need to get my head down and concentrate on my football and help Ipswich Town progress.

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“Obviously I would like to stay but we will have to see what happens. There are a good bunch of boys here and hopefully I will be here next season.”

Scotland, who has scored three times in nine starts this season, has shaken off a couple of minor niggles and should start upfront alongside Michael Chopra tomorrow afternoon.

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The match should also give home fans the chance to see Sharp in action after Jewell was this week linked with a fresh move for the 25-year-old.

And of his rival, Scotland said: “He has been around for some time and has always been scoring goals, no matter what club he is at. I rate him extremely highly and our defenders will have to keep him quiet.”

Sharp scored in midweek for Rovers just days after the death of his newborn son – manager Dean Saunders making him captain for the match.

And Jewell said: “Billy Sharp is a player I admire, but there are plenty of players I admire right throughout the league. I don’t think it’s right for me to talk about Billy Sharp or any other player.”

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