With Saturday afternoon’s League One clash against Oldham Athletic an unfortunate victim to a torrential downpour, the club are optimistic of beating the snowy conditions this evening as the Iron play host to a rejuvenated Bradford City side.
The Bantams have enjoyed an upturn in form following the dismissal of Stuart McCall back in December – but did fall to a narrow 3-2 defeat at Exeter on Saturday despite leading the game twice.
The Iron hope to have both Kevin van Veen and Harrison McGahey back in contention for the visit of the Bantams, with the pair closing in on a return from lengthy spells on the sidelines.
Despite McGahey’s return to fitness, it is hard to see how Cox could change the centre back duo of George Taft, whose loan deal from Bolton was made permanent last week, and Manny Onariase. The pair have racked up three consecutive clean sheets and look likely to be given the nod to build on their impressive partnership.
Jem Karacan has returned to full training following a ‘minor’ arm injury he sustained in the 1-0 way win over Colchester, but tonight’s fixture may still come too soon, whilst full back Jordan Clarke is set to miss out.
Jai Rowe will likely deputise for Clarke, but there may also be an opportunity for Blackpool loanee Teddy Howe who signed on Deadline Day and needs games to get up to speed.
With a welcome 11 day rest to their advantage and on the back of the sides best league run since December 2019, tonight’s game against the side just one place and one point below them presents Neil Cox’s side another change to further catapult themselves up the table.
Bradford have a number of former Iron players in the ranks, which may add a little edge to the clash. Levi Sutton and Charles Vernam are likely to start, whilst defender Niall Canavan started Saturday’s game at Exeter on the bench.
Vernam, who was plucked out of the Iron’s youth ranks by Derby, is City’s newest addition after he joined from League One strugglers Burton Albion on Deadline Day and links up with former teammate Levi Sutton, who joined the Valley Parade outfit following his Iron release last summer.
Lee Novak, who joined Bradford from Scunthorpe a little over a year ago, is set to miss out through injury.
Scunthorpe could reach as high 11th place come full-time, a feat which mustn’t go without credit for manager Cox – another win would signal a huge turn in fortunes for this young Scunthorpe United side.