Jol rules out Lampard swoop
Rangers boss Ally McCoist is hopeful that Barrie McKay will make
a full recovery in the summer after a successful foot
The 18-year-old midfielder was ruled out for the season after
suffering a broken bone in his foot, but he is expected to be ready
for the next campaign after undergoing surgery in London.
McCoist said on Tuesday: “Barrie travelled down yesterday and
had surgery on the broken bone in his foot and we are satisfied
that he can now have a good break and be ready for the start of
Lewis Macleod has been absent from the side since January due to
knee ligament damage, but McCoist is optimistic that he will return
before the end of the season.
“Lewis is going to join us in training this week. He is a good
bit off from playing in any part of a game but it is really
encouraging,” he said.
“I would be delighted if he could get some action before the end
of the season for his own confidence.
“I would far rather he had action rather than coming back for
pre-season with maybe a little bit of uncertainty about going into
“So, in an ideal world, we can get him some game time and he can
go off on his holidays and come back fresh and ready to go.”
The 34-year-old midfielder might be just two goals shy of the
Blues’ all-time scoring record, but a Stamford Bridge exit at the
end of his contract this summer looks likely.
Having stayed on the bench for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final with
Manchester City, Lampard is in line to make his 600th Chelsea
appearance on Wednesday at Craven Cottage.
Fulham boss Jol was full of praise for the England international
ahead of the match but dismissed suggestions he might make a summer
“He is the most productive midfield player in England in the
last 30 or 40 years,” the Dutchman said.
“Everyone would love to have him. He’s fit and is a good
“He will have a smile on his face if he listens to Fulham but I
would love to have him.
“But it’s hypothetical as he will never play for Fulham. I’m not
sure he will play for a top-10 team.
“He’s a legend – a living legend over there. He won all the
prizes over there. In the end I have a feeling they will keep
Any move for Lampard would fly in the face of Jol’s ambition to
lower the age of the Fulham squad.
They have had the oldest in the Premier League for the past
three seasons, but the Dutchman will not use young players for the
sake of it.
“Necessity is the mother of invention,” he said. “I’ve got a few
youngsters but they have to do well.
“For example Matthew Briggs is a youngster and has played for a
few loan teams but he has to do well.
“If you don’t do well you can’t expect to be in the first
“Kaca (Alex Kacaniklic) did okay but they have to work hard and
“Kerim Frei is one them. Chris David will be one of them but
they have to prove they are as good as someone in the first
“It’s not an easy one but I’m 100% certain that we have one of
the best academies in England. They proved that every year –
champions of England and finalists before.
“How many players in England are 18 or 19 in the first team?
Mention one player. But Fulham will have one or two. I am always
respectful for my older players.”