Jewell unlikely to stand in Scotland’s way

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell is unlikely to stand in the way of striker Jason Scotland returning to Swansea City – as long as he finds a suitable replacement.

Players can start moving again next week when the loan market reopens and Scotland is reported to have asked Jewell for a move.

And Town legend Kevin Beattie says that he would not be surprised to see Scotland, who turns 32 later this month, move on.

“He has not looked comfortable to me,” said Beattie. “And to be honest there are others ahead of him in the Ipswich pecking order.”

Trinidad and Tobago international Scotland joined Town from Wigan on a two-year contract last August and has scored seven goals in 28 appearances.

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He is expected to play in an Ipswich Combination reserve fixture at Didcot against Oxford United reserves tonight along with others who have been on the fringe recently like Luca Civelli, Luke Hyam, Tommy Smith and Colin Healy.

Tamas Priskin and 17-year-old Connor Wickham are Jewell’s current first-choice strike force although if Scotland was to move on it would lead rookie youngster Ronan Murray as the only alternative striker.

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So Jewell would need to bring in a new loan front man if he was to release Scotland to the end of the season, and he is believed to be working on this.

Scotland scored 53 goals during a two-year spell at Swansea and a source close to the player was quoted as saying yesterday: “Jason has spoken to the Ipswich manager and told him he needs to go out on loan if he’s not going to play him.

“And there’s only one club he wants to go to — Swansea.

“There are other clubs chasing him, but he’s not interested in them.”

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers revealed interest in signing Scotland, but said he had not contacted Ipswich.

Scotland is said to have watched Swansea lose to Cardiff on Sunday and he is said to believe that he could help Swansea in their push for promotion.

Town are bottom of the Combination table with Oxford at the top.

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