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Jon Whitney: Scott Laird won't play for Walsall again this season

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Scott Laird could have played his last game for Walsall after boss Jon Whitney confirmed he won't feature in the final two games of the season.

The defender has become a popular figure at the Banks's Stadium since initially joining the Saddlers on loan from Scunthorpe back in August.

Laird has scored four goals in 31 appearances for Jon Whitney's side and said last month he hopes to make his move to Walsall permanent in the summer.

But that now looks unlikely with Whitney set to leave him out of his squad for tomorrow's clash with Port Vale as well as the season finale against MK Dons.

"I spoke to Scott on Friday and told him he won't be involved in the remaining games," Whitney said.

"I'm going to try and get some of my kids on the bench. I wanted to get Kory Roberts on the bench instead of Lairdy for the Coventry game.

"Lairdy is fine with that. He isn't my player and they are the decisions I have got to make."

Whitney was far from pleased with his players following their lacklustre display in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Coventry.

And he warned his more established players that nobody is guaranteed a place for the next two games.

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"Some of them have let their shirts go," the boss continued.

"I want to see who comes in Monday and wants to play. I want to try and give these fans two games to be optimistic about.

"For that you can't have the energy levels we showed at Coventry. I understand there are a few tired legs but come and tell me if you're tired. Let somebody else play.

"There are two games left and we have to respond. There are some little things I noticed on Saturday and there will be some stern words said. A few people will have to be accountable.

"I shouldn't be telling my substitutes to go and warm up after 15 minutes. I want to see if they look me in the eye and tell me why we failed to meet the standards we've set."

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