Time running out on Scotland?
JASON Scotland has just two months to save his Ipswich Town career after his shock omission from the side that lost to Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.
The 32-year-old has gone from playing a starring role in the Blues’ resurgence to being dropped twice in the last three matches.
Just 48 hours after the striker told this newspaper he was “raring to go” after overcoming back and hamstring niggles, manager Paul Jewell said he dropped Scotland because he had been “sluggish and tired”.
Now the Trinidadian striker must use the international break to prove to Jewell he is worth reinstating for next week’s trip to Nottingham Forest.
Out of contract at the end of the season, Scotland would be free to talk to other clubs in January. But his heart is set on remaining at Portman Road even if Jewell’s expected pursuit of Billy Sharp suggests he is looking for younger options upfront.
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Scotland was surprisingly left out of the 16-man squad for Saturday’s visit of basement club Doncaster with Jewell opting to bring back Tamas Priskin for his first match since March rather than the benched Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
But whereas the Hungarian again flattered to deceive in a disappointing 3-2 defeat, Emmanuel-Thomas came off the bench to expertly set up Michael Chopra’s late goal.
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Jewell’s public desire to improve JET’s fitness saw the enigmatic attacker play for the reserves against Tottenham
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