Battle of the brothers adds to friendly fire

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IT won’t matter a deal in the long run, but neither Andy Scott nor Rob Scott will want the other brother to come out on top this afternoon!

The duo are set to meet for the first time as managers when Andy takes his Rotherham United side to Grimsby where Rob is joint boss along with Millers legend Paul Hurst.

“We’ve faced each other as players but this is the first time as managers. But it’s not about the other manager really, it’s about the build-up to the new season,” said Andy.

Meanwhile over at Blundell Park, Rob admitted it was about building fitness but added: “We both have a competitive nature and that means we’ll want to get one up on the other but, really, it’s about the progression of the players towards that first game.

The Millers boss will take all his eight new signings and all his available squad although not striker Tom Pope who has been told he does not figure in the first-team plans this season and can look for another club.

He has a year left on his contract and the Millers have made him an offer to leave which is understood to be under consideration.

The Millers boss is likely to look at as many players as possible this afternoon.

The 500 free tickets offered to Millers season-ticket-holders have been snapped up but it is also pay on the gate.

Grimsby should include their 29-goal top scorer of last season, Alan Connell, who has been the subject of transfer speculation.

Millers officials have reminded supporters of Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday that next Tuesday’s game at tDon Valley Stadium is all-ticket and, on police advice, there will be none on sale on the day or pay at the gate.

The deadline for buying tickets is 5pm on Monday.