Scotland fires a warning

JASON Scotland, a former Swan, is out to end his goal drought against high-flying Swansea City in this afternoon’s lunchtime duel (kick-off 12.45pm).

JASON Scotland, a former Swan, is out to end his goal drought against high-flying Swansea City in this afternoon’s lunchtime duel (kick-off 12.45pm).

Ipswich Town front-man Scotland, after a blistering run of five goals in his first six home league appearances, has not hit the target for the last six games.

But the Trinidad & Tobago international is eying up the visit of his former club Swansea to rediscover his scoring touch, as well as helping to end Town’s miserable run of four straight league defeats.

“There’s more to come from me!” warned Scotland.

“I haven’t scored in five (league) games, which in my eyes is a drought.

“Both Tamas (Priskin) and I need to chip in with some goals, because we’ve been playing up front a lot.

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“But I’m happy with my form, and it’s not preying on my mind. I just need to put away a couple of chances.”

Scotland boasted an impressive ratio of one goal every two games for Swansea, plundering 45 goals in 90 league outings over two seasons (2007-09), before his �2m switch to Premier League club Wigan.

Needless-to-say, he has happy memories of his time in South Wales, though that might not deter him from celebrating, if he was to score this afternoon. The game is being screened live on Sky TV.

“It was the best time of my career,” admitted Scotland, with reference to Swansea.

“I enjoyed playing there and under manager (Roberto) Martinez. I fitted into his formula, with one striker and two pacey wingers.

“I don’t know whether I’ll celebrate if I score, simply because I haven’t scored for a few games.

“It would be a relief to score, to be fair, so I might not celebrate, but if I was to score a brilliant goal in the top corner, then I might celebrate. So who knows?

“I don’t really regret leaving Swansea, because it was a big stepping stone for me to go into the Premier League with Wigan.

“At that age (30) I had to try and prove myself. It’s a chance I had to take.”

Roy Keane’s men enjoyed a confidence-boosting Carling Cup quarter-final win over West Brom in midweek, to set up a glamorous two-legged semi-final against Arsenal next month.

But they will have to be at their best to overcome Swansea, who are third in the table. Town are down in 17th and have lost seven of their last nine league fixtures.

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