Some things in sport are simply inevitable, and a Jason Scotland goal on his return to the Championship as an Ipswich player can be added to the list.
In true Swans style, a game which should have been killed off threatened to turn into another two points lost. However, this was not to be the case and Brendan Rodgers’ honeymoon continues into September.
Earlier in the week, a stuttering, yet fighting performance against Tranmere put the Swans into the third round of the Carling Cup, but the draw was not kind, throwing up a tough away game at Peterborough United.
Perhaps the players took their disappointment at the draw onto the pitch after missing out on Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal et al. It was a stuttering first half display, but the Swans clicked into gear in the second period. At times last season, it felt like Nathan Dyer was the only creative spark, but now there are several outlets of attack and blistering pace available on both wings.
Most interestingly, whilst listening to the entertaining (and slightly biased) commentator on Swansea Bay Radio, it emerged that Jason Scotland had the opportunity to return to the Liberty. The source’s reliability is unclear; however it did get me thinking what might have been...
His record proves that he was class, and when it came to the crunch Scotland would invariably put the ball in the net.
Scotland did not leave for Wigan on the best terms, but last season, with the club struggling for goals, a loan move for Scotland was touted within fan circles. He was undoubtedly what the club needed.
Who knows where they would have ended the season with Scotland leading the line. Maybe it’s true what they say – you only miss something when it’s gone.
Despite the problems suffered between the club and agent, his contribution to our record-breaking promotion and successful first Championship season will never be forgotten and, similarly to Lee Trundle, a return would only damage his legacy.
To the vast majority, Scotland was a success during a sensational period of prosperity at the club. We should all be grateful to his efforts during that wonderful period, which has laid the foundations for a play-off challenge now.