Nigel Clough has challenged his Sheffield United players to follow the example set by Stefan Scougall if they want to maximise their prospects of reaching the Championship next season.
Scougall, the former Livingston midfielder, has won an army of admirers since moving to England four months ago and was described as a “shining beacon” by his manager following Tuesday’s game against Oldham Athletic.
Clough’s side play their final match of the 2013/14 campaign when Coventry City visit Bramall Lane this afternoon and, despite admitting mental and physical fatigue has been a factor in recent weeks, he told The Star: “Stefan’s drive, energy and willingness to get forward with or without the ball is excellent. There’s certainly no tiredness from him.
“Our job is to get a few more like-minded people here. People who possess the same attitude and desire.
“That’s what we want from anyone who comes in. Those qualities.
“Home or away, it doesn’t matter to us. It makes no different at all.”
“I thought Stefan was the outstanding player on the pitch at Oldham,” Clough added. “He was like a shining beacon out there.
“He’s definitely getting to grips with the demands of the game down here now and, providing he continues to go about his work in the same way, then there’s going to be plenty more to come from the lad.”
United, who have taken four points from games against Oldham and Port Vale despite falling behind in both fixtures, will contest 55 fixtures this term after reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup and Clough said: “It’s difficult to chase a game as Liverpool, the best attacking force in the country, found out against Chelsea last weekend. That is another aim (next season). To make sure we start the same way we finish.
“There’s a little bit of tiredness, of course, but the easiest way of overcoming that is to be positive.”