ANY Huddersfield Town fans who take in today’s Scottish Cup final could see a familiar face.
For former loan striker Steve Jones is in the Motherwell squad for the big Hampden showdown with Celtic.
Now 34, the Northern Ireland striker made four appearances for Town while on loan from Burnley early in the 2008-09 season.
The ex-Crewe man later had a stint at Bradford, when current Motherwell manager Stuart McCall was in charge.
Having played for Walsall at the Galpharm in October, Jones headed North of the border on loan in January, and has played 16 times for the Steelmen.
Motherwell, whose squad also includes former Everton frontman Franny Jeffers, who trained with Town last summer, are seeking a third Scottish Cup triumph, having lifted the trophy in 1952 and 1991.
But they face a tough task against Neil Lennon’s Celtic, who are going for a 35th triumph and will be desperate to collect some silverware after losing out to arch-rivals Rangers in the race for the SPL crown.
Swedish defender Daniel Majstorovic claims the men from Parkhead “will fight for their lives” to ensure Hoops fans get to celebrate.
“We want to give the fans a trophy,” he said.
“It was a disappointing day for us on Sunday (Celtic beat Motherwell 4-0 but lost out in the championship race as Rangers walloped Kilmarnock 5-1) but the response we got from the fans gave us a boost.
“We finished with 92 points and broke the clean sheet record, so of course it is frustrating that we didn’t go all the way.
“But the job the gaffer has done this season with a totally new squad is really amazing and if we can continue the way we are working just now it is going to be an interesting future for everybody.
“Today’s game in very important for us.”