Rovers step up loan search after McCullough blow

Luke McCullough
Luke McCullough

Paul Dickov says he has stepped up his search for loan cover after Luke McCullough became Rovers’ latest long term casualty.

A scan on Wednesday revealed McCullough tore his medial knee ligament against Ipswich - which will keep the centre back-turned-right back out for a minimum of six weeks.

Rob Jones’ neck condition is said to have improved following Tuesday night and Dickov is hopeful that Paul Keegan and Dany N’Guessan could both return to full training next week.

But, with McCullough now joining Harry Forrester and Nathan Tyson on the sidelines, the Scot has conceded that Rovers must bolster their squad.

Ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Fleetwood his priority is likely to be an experienced right back. Youngster Mitchell Lund will deputise for McCullough if Dickov fails to beat the clock.

“We’re looking and we have been for a long time,” Dickov said.

“I know people think we’re not trying to bring people in but, looking forward to the weekend, it’s something we’re trying to do.

“A lot of phone calls were made on Wednesday and there were a lot of follow-up conversations on Thursday.

“Whether we’ve got them in for the weekend, I don’t know. But it’s something that we’re really trying to do.

He added: “Whether we’ve got one, two or zero in the for the weekend, I think it’s imperative we now get some more bodies into the squad.

“I’ve always said, especially in defensive positions, we don’t want to bring in kids.

“If we can, and it is an if, we want to bring in experienced players who know the division and who have played games recently as well, so they can fit straight in.”

On Jones, Dickov said: “We won’t put him at any risk but the positive thing is he’s feeling a lot better within himself.”

Gary MacKenzie is fit and available for tomorrow.