Scott signs defender and has a selection poser

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rotherham United manager Andy Scott gave himself an opening match selection dilemma after signing central defender Michael Raynes from Scunthorpe United yesterday.

The 23-year-old, who is 6ft 4ins, linked up with his new teammates yesterday just 24 hours after Scott said that one of the positions he was looking to recruit for was centre defence.

Throughout pre-season another newcomer, Troy Brown, has played alongside Ryan Cresswell in centre defence but Scott now has to decide if he is going to leave him out to accommodate Raynes or leave him in and put the new man on the subs’ bench.

He may take into account the fact that he will certainly need Raynes for Tuesday night’s Carling Cup tie at home to Leicester City.

That’s because Brown will be on international duty having been called up for Wales Under 21s.

The fee for Raynes has not been disclosed. Before joining Scunthorpe 18 months ago, Raynes was at Stockport where he played with current Millers Adam Le Fondre, Jason Taylor and goalkeeper Conrad Logan who was on loan there. He was also a member of the Stockport side which gained promotion from League Two in 2008,

Meanwhile Scott has decided against signing Jeff Smith, the left side midfielder who has figured at left back in several pre-season matches.

Keeper Jamie Annerson faces a month out with a knee infection. Andy Warrington is on the bench at home to Oxford today but plays against Leicester on Tuesday as Conrad Logan can’t play against his parent club.