Millwall boss won't comment on Derby County keeper Scott Carson after transfer link

NEIL Harris has refused to discuss links with Derby County goalkeeper Scott Carson – and said Ryan Sandford would start against Southend on Wednesday.

A weekend newspaper report over the weekend claimed the Lions were interested in a loan deal for 33-year-old former England international Carson, but that wages were a stumbling block.

Harris was asked about it after Sunday’s 2-1 win at Gillingham.

“As you know I don’t like commenting on players at other clubs, but we are trying to bring in another goalkeeper,” Harris said. “We do need another keeper in to compete with Frankie [Fielding] because Ryan Sanford has potential but he is not quite ready.

“Ryan will play on Wednesday against Southend because he has had a very good pre-season and deserves the minutes. But Ryan needs time to settle, whether that be in the under-23s or out on loan.

“We are chasing another goalkeeper, but more likely an outfield player will be coming in before a goalkeeper.

“Possibly [before Wednesday]. We are very close to one and we are working hard on a second one. Things are moving, I want three more players. One goalkeeper and two more.”

The Lions defeated the Gills after Jiri Skalak scored in the first half and Jake Cooper nodded home Connor Mahoney’s corner in the second.

Harris added: “I thought the Gillingham goalkeeper was probably man of the match today, he made some unbelievable saves. I was really impressed with the young man.

“He had a personal vendetta against Smithy [Matt Smith], who could have on another day had a hat-trick with headers.

“The important thing for us is that we are putting balls in the box, we are putting the quality in the box and making the first contacts.

“As we know Jake Cooper, if he is not fouled, nine times out of 10 he is going to make the first contact. With Jake and Smithy when he is on, also with a Hutch [Shaun Hutchinson], a Pearcy [Alex Pearce] and a Murray Wallace we have got players who can head the ball.

“Frankie is an experience goalkeeper, a good pedigree. The sharpness of coming off his line was really impressive, we saw that while we were away against Braga when he made a similar save.

“In the Championship it is key moments like that because it is end to end, and we like counter-attacking. We are going to get done on the counter now and again, so we need our goalkeeper to make saves. I was really pleased with him.”

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John Kelly