Robins wants Reds to repay fans’ loyalty

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BARNSLEY host Millwall on Saturday with boss Mark Robins urging his side to give their loyal supporters something to shout about in their last match of the season.

The Reds can still achieve their highest Championship finish for five years, but need to beat the Lions at Oakwell to stand any chance of finishing a high of 17th.

And Robins has stressed the importance of giving the club’s fans plenty to smile about before a summer of expected re-building at Oakwell.

“It’s important we finish strongly, the fans deserve that from us,” Robins told The Star.

“Millwall are a strong side, but it’s an excellent match to finish the season with.

“We’ve not been dragged into a relegation scrap this season, but it would be nice to finish as high as possible.

“We’re trying to build something at the club, but right now I can’t really say what’s going to happen in the summer.”

However, Robins did reveal to The Star that he has identified a string of potentional targets he might swoop for in the summer, albeit any possible moves depends on transfer funds being available.

“I’ve got an idea of the players that I’d like to bring, but I can’t say anything about them right now,” added Robins.

“I’m always on the lookout for new players, but a lot depends on whether they’re available and whether we’ve got the funds to bring them into the football club.

“We’ll have to wait and see what happens.”

Manchester City loan defender Kieran Trippier, who plays his last game for the Reds on Saturday, has been included in England’s 40-man squad for this summer’s European Under-21 Championship in Denmark.

Trippier, 20, made his debut for England against Romania last October and has made three appearances since for his country.

“It’s great news, we’re delighted for Kieran,” Reds director Don Rowing said.

England Under-21 head coach Stuart Pearce has also called up six players who have appeared in the senior team in Andy Carroll, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson, Micah Richards and Kieran Gibbs.

The England Under-21 squad, who finished runners-up in 2009, head to Denmark on June 8 to continue their preparations for the two-week tournament.

Meanwhile, former Reds striker Garry O’Connor is currently training with Scottish giants Celtic. The 27-year-old managed just four goals in 23 appearances for the Reds.

O’Connor, who started out at Hibernian before joining Lokomotiv Moscow in a £1.6m deal in March 2006, had his deal terminated at Barnsley last month.