Barnsley boss Danny Wilson is “sad” that the Reds have got nothing to play for in the last game of the season at home to Queen’s Park Rangers.
Relegation from the Championship means tomorrow’s home clash with the promotion-chasing Hoops is effectively meaningless.
But pride is still at stake and Wilson has revealed there will most probably be a chance for some of the squad’s younger players to be given a chance to shine before the drop to League One.
“It’s sad that we’re going into this game and we have nothing really to play for,” admitted Wilson. “I just wish there was more resting on the game. That’s the downside of the fixture, but it’s a still a great fixture with QPR coming to town.
“We’ll be introducing some of the young kids on to the substitutes bench, so they could get their chance.”
Peter Ramage is the only loan player left at Oakwell with Norwegian Marcus Pedersen and full-backs Ryan McLaughlin and Jack Hunt having returned to their parent clubs.
However, centre-back Ramage is expected to start for the Reds with Wilson having hinted that he would like to sign the Crystal Palace loan defender for next season.
Wilson also revealed he will meet with the club’s board of directors next week and present them with a list of players who he wants to keep and dispense with.
“The decisions I make will not always be easy,” stressed Wilson. “I’ll make some popular ones and some unpopular ones, but the bottom line is that we’re doing it for the football club.”
“If anyone is surprised by some of those decisions, then I’d hope they’d look at the bigger picture.