Barnsley: Scotland checks-in

Reds signing: Jason Scotland displays his new colours at Oakwell
Reds signing: Jason Scotland displays his new colours at Oakwell
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BARNSLEY are hoping Jason Scotland is the man who will fire them out of the Championship relegation zone.

The former Ipswich Town, Wigan and Swansea City striker joined the Reds until the end of the season yesterday.

And with over 100 league goals to his name, Scotland has a proven track record of being able to deliver in the Premier League and Championship.

But the retired Trinidad and Tobago international has not started a game since the end of September, ironically for his former club Ipswich against Barnsley in a 1-1 draw at Oakwell.

Since that fixture Scotland has featured four times as a substitute and, having attracted interest from a number of clubs, opted to join the Reds in their fight to avoid relegation.

“I’m going to try and bring more goals to this team,” said Scotland. “I’m looking forward to getting back to playing football.

“Everyone here is really positive.”

Scotland trained with the Reds’ squad for the first time yesterday having penned a deal to stay at Oakwell until 30th June.

The 33-year-old left Ipswich last week having agreed a contract settlement package which allowed him to pursue his career elsewhere.

“It’s very important we give every opportunity to retain our Championship status,” Reds’ director Don Rowing told The Star.

“Jason Scotland is a quality player with proven experience.”

Scotland has also played for Scottish clubs Dundee United and St Johnstone, as well as Trinidad and Tobago club’s San Juan Jabloteh and Defence Force, the latter for whom he scored an impressive 30 goals in 31 appearances.

The striker was taken to Portman Road by Roy Keane in August 2010 for a fee believed to be in the region of £1million.

He went on make 59 starts for the club and 38 substitute appearances, scoring 21 goals during his Tractor Boys’ career.

The Reds return to domestic action tonight against Millwall boosted by a four-game unbeaten run, which includes their passage through to the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in five seasons.

But boss David Flitcroft will be without the injured defender Jimmy McNulty and midfielders Stephen Dawson and Paul Digby.