Rotherham United: Millers step up search for fitness

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Rotherham United will use their two games in Scotland over the next couple of nights to give some game-time to all the squad.

They play Greenock Morton at Cappielow tonight and then face another side from the Scottish First Division, Livingston, tomorrow night.

Manager Steve Evans wanted to have two games on successive nights so as to enable him to ensure everyone in the squad gets a game at the same time guaranteeing they would all play within 24 hours rather than having two games in three days meaning some players having to wait an additional day.

In the opening run-out against Northern Counties East League side Parkgate, Evans played two different teams apart from young central defender Daniel Rowe playing both halves.

The two who didn’t figure were Claude Davis and Kari Arnason. Not involved were Kayode Odejayi and Lionel Ainsworth - both first team squad members last season - and also Danny Schofield who never figured last season. They have all been told they can move elsewhere.

Tonight’s game means a return to the Scottish club for Michael Tidser, one of Rotherham’s new signings.

The 23-year-old central midfielder helped Morton finish second in the First Division last season before Rotherham snapped him up a reported £50,000 fee.

Tidser, who operated for Morton on the left of a central two, played in the second half of the 2-0 win at Parkgate.

Tonight’s opponents Morton were beaten 1-0 by Sheffield United in their opening friendly last week.

Meanwhile Livingston will include striker Mark Burchill who was with the Millers in 2008/09 after a previous brief loan spell. He is Livingston’s player/assistant manager.

It is likely that whilst in Scotland, Rotherham will continue their bid to land striker Lyle Taylor, the 29-goal Falkirk striker who was the Scottish First Division Player of the Year last season.