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

operation.

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

next season.”

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

a game.

“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

approach.

“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

character.

“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

him.”

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

team.

“Kaca (Alex Kacaniklic) did okay but they have to work hard and

develop themselves.

“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

team.

“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.”