Versatile Virgo reunited with Adams

ADAM Virgo has teamed up with Micky Adams for the third time in his career, following his move to Colchester United on a six-month loan from Celtic yesterday.

By Carl Marston

ADAM Virgo has teamed up with Micky Adams for the third time in his career, following his move to Colchester United on a six-month loan from Celtic yesterday.

The versatile Virgo, who can play as a striker, centre-half or full-back, is added to the U's threadbare squad for this afternoon's first home match of the season, against Barnsley.

Virgo began his career at his home town club of Brighton, where U's current assistant manager Adams was the boss for a couple of years.


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And last season, the 24-year-old was reunited with Adams during a long loan stint at Coventry City, after finding it difficult to break into the first team at Celtic. Adams was the Sky Blues boss until his departure in January.

Brighton-born Virgo, who has made one appearance for Scotland at B level, trained with the U's for the first time yesterday, and could well be on the bench this afternoon. Meanwhile, target man Clive Platt starts a three-match suspension, and so will have to delay making his competitive home debut.

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But it should be a new-look strike-force on show against the Tykes. Teddy Sheringham, who was rested for the Carling Cup defeat at Shrewsbury in midweek, will return to the starting line-up to make his Layer Road debut.

And Kevin Lisbie, recruited from Charlton over the summer, is poised to make his first appearance for the U's after finally shrugging off an ankle injury.

Midfielder Johnnie Jackson missed an extra-time penalty as the U's crashed out of the Carling Cup at League Two hosts Shrewsbury on Tuesday night.

But he won't be letting that prey on his mind.

“I'm not going to dwell on that miss. I was down at the time, but the league was always going to be our priority this season,” said Jackson.

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