Scotland: QPR will show how good we are

IPSWICH TOWN: Jason Scotland sees tonight’s npower Championship game at Portman Road against Queens Park Rangers (kick-off 7.45pm) having a huge affect on the Blues’ season.

The �750,000 recent signing will be hunting for his second goal since his move from Wigan Athletic when equal top of the table Rangers come looking to put an end to Town’s unbeaten start to the season.

“Tonight’s game will be a big test,” said Scotland.

“It will show how good we are.

“Rangers score plenty of goals and don’t concede many and with the players they have signed they look like being a real handful.

“But I plan to have some fun out there and help the team collect three points to see us overtake the Londoners.”

Scotland, who has played up front on his own in the last two matches in the opening half and then dropped back to play off Tamas Priskin after the interval, sees the business end of the season arriving after Christmas.

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“To be honest I don’t take much notice of the table at this stage,” added Trinidad and Tobago international striker Scotland.

“It’s not until after Christmas that it really starts to take shape.

“The key is to try and stay in the top three or at least find a way back quickly if we do have a couple of bad results. In this division it doesn’t take much to see you drop down into the bottom half.”

Scotland says that his match sharpness is now much better after two league matches plus an hour in the Carling Cup win at Crewe, and he sees it as a big plus to have Connor Wickham back in the squad.

“Who said that he was 17 – the boy’s a giant,” said Scotland.

“He must be kidding – he’s at least 25.

“Seriously he’s still learning and need games to gain that vital commodity experience.

“But he’s certainly pushing for a start and I can see from training that he’s a good one for the future with his skill and strength.

“Whether we can play up front in a 4-4-2 formation I don’t know, but I’m happy to do whatever the manager asks.

“We are playing two games a week for the coming weeks and it’s good that we are in it all together as a unit so that we can help each other.”

And replying to his Trinidad teammate Carlos Edwards’ jibe that the striker was not at his best when they were both soldiers together as teenagers, Scotland replied:

“Yes, Carlos was a better soldier. I was always a bit slack and he would get the job done.

“But as for Carlos wanting to have abet that he will end up with more goals than me – it would not be fair to take his money!”

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