Walters will be a marked man

JON Walters will be a marked man when he plays against one of his former clubs Scunthorpe in the Championship at Glanford Park tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

Elvin King

JON Walters will be a marked man when he plays against one of his former clubs Scunthorpe in the Championship at Glanford Park tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Blues skipper has been earmarked by Iron manager Nigel Adkins as a danger man as Ipswich complete a sequence of four consecutive away fixtures.

“I've a lot of time for Jon,” said Adkins.

“He was here on loan for a short spell while he was at Hull.

“I tried to sign him from Chester in my first year as manager, but that was the same day Ipswich put a bid in for him.

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“Jon works his socks off for the team, and he will be a threat along with Darryl Murphy, who has come in from Sunderland and started getting goals.”

The two teams have yet to meet this season with the original visit to Lincolnshire called off because of a frozen pitch on December 19. Scunthorpe are due to play at Portman Road on March 13.

Adkins is a big admirer of Town boss Roy Keane and expects a tough clash adding: “Roy has had an illustrious career and I have a lot of time for him.

“He's the type of manager who demands the best from his players.

“Questions will always be asked as to why they are down there in the table still.

“This is for Roy to work out.

“Ipswich are a big club, well financed and they will expect to be at the top rather than bottom, and I know Roy has strengthened his squad in the past few weeks.”

Scunthorpe are likely to be missing record �350,000 signing from Hibernian Rob Jones again after he broke his nose against Barnsley last Tuesday.

Michael Raynes, a January transfer window signing from Stockport, is set to continue to partner David Mirfin in the back four.

Grant McCann and Michael O'Connor started in the 2-2 home draw with Watford at the weekend although Sam Togwell and/or Josh Wright could be back in the centre of midfield tonight.

Garry Thompson is pushing for a start on the right flank after recovering from a hamstring injury.

The Glanford Park pitch has

been covered since Saturday with high hopes that it can cope with the sleet and snow showers that are forecast.