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jason scotlandJASON Scotland is banking on a Swansea City recall tonight as he seeks another chance to light up the Liberty.

Scotland produced a spectacular display to inspire Roberto Martinez's men to victory over high-flying Wolves in their last home fixture.

And now the Trinidad & Tobago star is hoping for a chance to humble moneybags Queens Park Rangers.

Scotland was left out of the Swansea starting line-up at Ipswich Town on Saturday after three games — and four flights — in a week with his country.

The 29-year-old accepted that the bench was best at the weekend after his gruelling international break.

But he insists he is raring to go again as Swansea look to make it 10 points taken from the last 12 on offer against Iain Dowie's Rangers side.

"I hope to be back in the starting line-up tonight," Scotland says.

"I am in good nick right now. I'm feeling strong and sharp and I want to be out there from the start.

"I have felt myself getting stronger for a while. My confidence is getting up so, hopefully, I can do as well as I did last time out at the Liberty."

Scotland was in devastating form against Wolves, spearheading Swansea's attack as they conjured their most complete Championship performance yet.

He scored two goals — one of them a beauty — and would have had a hat-trick had he not headed against the bar from point-blank range.

But it was not only the frontman's goal threat which so delighted Swansea, it was the all-round contribution which allowed Martinez's side to tick.

"It was the first time he set the tempo for the team," reckoned the Spaniard.

"He looked strong with the ball and showed a bit of magic as well."

He didn't say it publicly, but you get the impression Martinez wasn't exactly thrilled when Scotland won a late call to the T & T party for games against the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and the USA in the wake of Wolves win.

The Swansea boss had been unimpressed with the treatment his player received on his last trip to the Caribbean, in September, and would have preferred him to stay in Wales.

Thankfully for Martinez, Scotland's latest trek home proved more successful than the last.

"I was involved in all three games, so I got much more out of it than I did last time," Scotland says.

"We had some crucial games and got some good results, so I think I got something out of it and Trinidad got something out of it too.

"I had a chat with the coach when the call-up came.

"I said it wouldn't make any sense for me to travel all that way just to sit on the bench like I did last time.

"I told him I was just coming into some form and it would make more sense to stay here and train if I wasn't going to be involved.

"But I got a chance to show what I can do and the team performances were good, so I was delighted with that."

The only downside was having to sit and watch his club-mates at Portman Road.

Despite Scotland's exploits against Wolves, Martinez opted for the fresher Gorka Pintado.

"It is a little disappointing," Scotland adds.

"But sometimes you have to think of the team and not yourself. Sometimes you think are ready to play but, once you get out there, your body just doesn't react properly.

"The manager said he was going to use me off the bench at Ipswich and I was happy with that."

Scotland had, after all, only rejoined his Swansea colleagues 24 hours before the game.

"I played on Wednesday night and the earliest flight from Trinidad was Thursday afternoon," he explains.

"The good thing is the (T & T) federation pay for you to travel first class so you can get some rest on the plane. But it still takes it out of you — any player will tell you that.

"I landed at Gatwick at 8.30am on Friday, then went to a hotel to get some more rest before the team picked me up on their way past."

Having started as a substitute, Scotland arrived for the final 18 minutes at Ipswich as Swansea chalked up another encouraging second-tier result.

"We felt we should have won the game," he says.

"But having said that, we would have taken a point at the start so we're not too disappointed.

"We've got another tough game tonight against QPR, but we're unbeaten at home and we're looking to keep that record going."

If Scotland can recapture his Wolves form, they'll have a good chance.