Scunthorpe United aim to conclude loan deal for Tranmere Rovers' Mark McChrystal
Scunthorpe United hope to include another new face in their squad as they look to move out of League One's bottom four for the first time since the end of September tonight.
The Iron are trying to push through a loan deal for Tranmere Rovers centre-back Mark McChrystal and have not ruled out being able to include the Northern Irishman in tonight's game against Bury at Glanford Park (7.45pm).
Manager Brian Laws has been looking to bring in cover for United's back four following Paul Reid's red card during the weekend's 2-2 draw with Notts County.
The Iron yesterday confirmed their decision to contest their skipper's sending off and that appeal is expected to be concluded ahead of the game with the Shakers, so Scunthorpe will know whether or not Reid must serve a three-match ban.
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But with David Mirfin currently injured, potentially until New Year, McChrystal's arrival will bring another option to a defence short on numbers.
Tonight's game is a big one for both sides, with Bury only two points and a single place below the Iron in the relegation zone.
Laws says moving out of the bottom four would be a significant step – for either side.
"We've squashed the league a wee bit now with recent results," said the Iron boss, who has picked up seven points from nine since returning to Glanford Park three weeks ago.
"The points deficit was big, now it's small. There's only one point between four clubs – so we know the next win can catapult you up the table.
"We've taken little steps and it's like a mini league at the bottom end of the table.
"The approach we've had is to take each game as it comes. We've not set any points tallies because we don't want to add any more pressure to the players.
"We're getting closer and closer and this next game can take us out of the bottom four – that's how important it is.
"After all the hard work we've done, we've got to make that happen.
"We've come so far but we've got to take the next step, and then another and another."
Scunthorpe worked on several different line-ups in training yesterday, dependant on whether or not Reid will be available.
The Iron also have a selection dilemma in the middle of the park, where Josh Walker returns from a one-match suspension.
Laws says Walker has impressed him during his brief stint in charge, but Damien Mozika was a standout performer during Saturday's draw with the in-form Magpies.
That was the Frenchman's first start of the season and although stiff on Sunday, Laws said Mozika was in much better shape yesterday.
He hinted the 25-year-old will get the chance to face his old club tonight.
"He's playing against his former club so that might get his heartbeat going. He's certainly in contention," said Laws of Mozika.
"Can he last the game? Probably not. Is he worth a start? Maybe.
"We've also got Josh Walker coming back and since we've been here Josh has been a very, very positive player.
"He's a player I would like to get back in the side because he's been playing well.
"At least I know what is coming back will benefit the team."