Stefan Scougall could make his 50th start for Sheffield United this weekend - but the Scottish midfielder is determined to only look forward, towards the ultimate goal of promotion from League One.
Scougall has recovered from a blow to the head sustained during Saturday’s victory over Rochdale, and makes the trip to Oldham tomorrow with a personal milestone in his sights. But when asked to reflect on his time at Bramall Lane since joining from Livingston last January, the 22-year-old said: “To be honest, it’s all happened so quickly that I’ve not had chance to look back, really. I’m only looking forward; and we all want promotion.
“It’s been a little frustrating that it hasn’t happened yet - we fancied ourselves last season, but it didn’t happen - and we hope to go one better this time around.”
Scougall added: “I keep hearing people say League One is not as strong as it was last season, but there are still a lot of good teams and they’re hard to break down. Teams come to Bramall Lane and sit in. Yes, it’s up to us to break them down but it’s sometimes easier said than done.
“True, there is no Bristol City or Preston in the league this season so there may not be a runaway winner this time around. But, if we can get a run of victories together, we can hopefully get ourselves up there.”
Scougall was withdrawn at half-time against Rochdale, but said: “I’m back in training and hope to be involved at Oldham.
“It’s by no means a given, of course; there’s a lot of competition here, with a lot of good players in my position.
“As always, I’ve got to fight for the jersey but I hope to do that and get an extended run in the team.”