Sheffield United: Scots don’t hold a grudge

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Falkirk hold no grudges towards Lyle Taylor despite admitting the centre-forward could prove difficult to replace following his transfer to Sheffield United, writes James Shield.

Taylor, who scored 29 goals in 42 outings for the Scottish First Division side last term, signed a two year contract with David Weir’s side earlier this week after also attracting bids from Hibernian and Rotherham.

Gary Holt, the Falkirk manager, said: “He goes with our good grace. We are now looking for a replacement.

“I’m scouring the market and speaking to managers. We will try the loan market as well.”

Holt, who views former Glasgow Rangers and Carlisle striker Rory Loy as a possible alternative, reluctantly parted company with Taylor when United confirmed they were prepared to meet his chairman’s £250,000 valuation of a player recruited on a free 12 months earlier.

The news came as a bitter blow to officials at Easter Road where Martin Ritchie’s counterpart Rod Petrie had previously made four separate offers.

Meanwhile, United’s academy, who drew 3-3 with Rangers, continue their tour of Scotland with a friendly against Queens Park today.

Trialist Jack Kirwan, of Glasgow Celtic, was on target at Murray Park. Jake Eyre and Jason Paling also scored.

*Twitter: @JamesShield1