Out-going striker is hoping Leeds fulfil their potential

Luke Varney
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LUKE VARNEY is hoping that the massive uncertainty at Leeds United is resolved for the good of the club in time for next season, so that it can finally realise its undoubted potential.

The striker is expected to seal a permanent move to Blackburn Rovers when his United contract runs out on June 30, having joined the Ewood Park outfit on loan in early February.

Varney, one of seven senior players recently released by United, is pleased to be able to rebuild his career at Rovers after an indifferent time at Leeds.

But despite his undistinguished spell in West Yorkshire, he has wished his old club well in their pursuit of success under owner Massimo Cellino.

He claims that while Leeds represent a big club in name, the reality of their current predicament suggests otherwise as United strive to somehow regain their place at the top-flight table, which Varney hopes will occur under the watch of Cellino.

He said: “I still keep in touch with some of the boys and some of the stories. But it’s a transitional period and there’s stuff going on all over the place.

“You just hope it settles down now and they can get it sorted for next season. It seems a bit of a cliche saying what a big club Leeds is; it’s not a big club at the minute because they are still mid-table in the Championship. But something needs to be sorted, as it really is a great club and I really wish this owner backs them and he is the right person to move them forward as I’d love to see them back in the Premier League.”

Meanwhile, Varney insists he has no issue with some fans who jeered him towards the end of his spell at United before linking up with Blackburn.

He added: “People moan when fans boo.

“But I am one of those who believes that they pay their way and can have their say.

“I’m all for that and have no problem.”

United captain Ross McCormack meanwhile rounds off his playing commitments in a long 2013-14 campaign on the international front for Scotland this evening.

Gordon Strachan’s side take on Nigeria in a friendly at Fulham’s Craven Cottage (8pm).

McCormack is hoping to pick up his 12th cap after returning to the Tartan Army fold under former Whites captain Strachan.

The Glaswegian started Scotland’s morale-boosting friendly win against Poland in Warsaw in March, with the Scots seeking a further boost this evening ahead of the start of their Euro 2016 campaign against Germany in Munich in September.

Scotland are looking to extend their unbeaten run to six matches tonight, with Strachan’s side having won four of their last five games.

Ex-United winger Robert Snodgrass and Norwich team-mate Russell Martin have been rested, along with Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam.

Injury rules out Celtic winger James Forrest and Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher.

McCormack is competing for a starting spot against the African World Cup finalists with Derby County’s Chris Martin, Everton frontman Steven Naismith and Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths.

United are still yet to announce any details regarding their pre-season schedule of fixtures, with the club grappling with a host of financial issues.

The 2014-15 Football League fixture list will be revealed in just three weeks time on Wednesday, June 18.

Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom is under no illusions at the task ahead of him at Elland Road.

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