This is the best squad I’ve had at Rovers says Dickov

James Coppinger leaves the field after a tackle by Sam  Morsy. The Rovers veteran will have an X-ray today. Photo: James Williamson
James Coppinger leaves the field after a tackle by Sam Morsy. The Rovers veteran will have an X-ray today. Photo: James Williamson
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Paul Dickov is predicting a quiet transfer deadline day for Rovers today after declaring his current squad the strongest he has had in his time at the club.

Rovers brought in Uche Ikpeazu on loan from Watford last week and are still awaiting international clearance for midfielder Abdul Razak.

Although he had two bids for a player turned down a week ago, Dickov says he has more than likely completed his January business.

And he is delighted with the current make-up of his squad: “I always switch my phone off on deadline day,” Dickov joked.

“It’ll be a quiet day. But I supposed you never know. At the minute I feel the squad is as strong as I’ve had here.

“Adding Uche to it, I’ve got Dean Furman back from the Cup of Nations and we’re hopeful that Abdul clearance will come through soon.

“That gives me real quality and competition for places which we’ve always wanted.”

Dickov confirmed James Coppinger will have an X-ray on his ankle today after being forced off during the first half of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Chesterfield. Coppinger suffered a knock after being challenged from behind by Sam Morsy.

Dickov said: “He’s struggling. It was a nasty tackle. I’m surprised the referee didn’t do anything about it. He’s quite sore. He’s taken a nasty knock on his ankle.”

While pleased at picking up a point at a rival for a top- six spot, Dickov admitted he was disappointed that Rovers did not win the game after squandering a two-goal lead.

Coppinger and Andy Butler put Rovers 2-0 inside the first nine minutes but Eoin Doyle scored just before half time before Jimmy Ryan’s 87th minute equaliser.

Dickov said: “I feel disappointed at conceding a late goal. We started really well but in the last ten or 15 minutes of the first half we looked as though we just tried to see it out when there was still an hour left in the game. In the second half, if we put our chances away we would have won comfortably. Two one-on-ones with the goalkeeper, big Uche hit the post. And from looking as though we were going to win comfortably, we’ve come away with a point, albeit against a good team. They’re in the top six for a reason.”