MIDDLESBROUGH boss Tony Mowbray insists that Scott McDonald has a future at the Riverside, writes CRAIG HOPE.
The 28-year-old forward, pictured – who has been linked with a return to former club Celtic – was left out of the squad which won at Bury in the Capital One Cup at the weekend.
McDonald’s omission raised fresh doubt over his place in Mowbray’s plans, especially with the Boro chief hinting at further recruitment in the striking department.
Summer signing Emmanuel Ledesma started in attack alongside last season’s top marksman, Marvin Emnes, at Gigg Lane.
January arrival Lukas Jutkiewicz is set to return from injury next month, and that would knock McDonald further down the pecking order.
And, when asked about the Australian frontman, Mowbray said: “There’s no situation, he just wasn’t included in the squad.
“We’ve brought some new players in and I want to get Ledesma going and he managed to score.
“He’s working very hard and Luke Williams looked exciting when he came on.
“He has had a really good pre-season and deserves his chance.
“Other players will get opportunities. Scott just needs to get his head down and keep working hard and see what happens.”
Mowbray has been linked with moves for both Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller and free agent former Stoke forward Ricardo Fuller in recent days.
And, despite adding eight new faces to his squad during close-season, Mowbray – who has handed a contract to trialist Swiss keeper Jayson Leutwiler – is still on the lookout for fresh blood.
Dutch winger Romeo Castelen has been invited back for a further trial.