Doncaster Rovers v Gillingham - Rovers playing without fear, says Luke McCullough

Doncaster Rovers' Luke McCullough challenges Chesterfield's Byron Harrison (Picture: James Williamson).

Doncaster Rovers' Luke McCullough challenges Chesterfield's Byron Harrison (Picture: James Williamson).

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Luke McCullough believes Doncaster Rovers have no reason to be afraid of Gillingham when the Kent side visit the Keepmoat Stadium today.

Gillingham are one of the serious candidates for promotion to the Championship and are currently second in League One, 10 places ahead of Darren Ferguson’s side in 12th.

However, Rovers have been in fine form since the former Peterborough chief joined the club on October 16. They were 20th in the League One table when Ferguson arrived.

As evidence of their progression, they have won three of their last five games in the league and McCullough is convinced his side can be a threat to any team in the third tier.

He said: “We are not fearing anyone. We know that on our day we can beat anyone but at the same time there are no easy games.

“Every time you play, you’re thinking, ‘This is another massive game’, and there’s no real easy ones where you can take your eye off the ball.

“Gillingham are right up there in the league so they definitely won’t be easy. They’re on an unbelievable run of form and people may have expected them to drop off. But they haven’t and it won’t be an easy game as they’re not easy to play against, but we’ll be up for it as well and hopefully it will be a good game.”

Despite playing a role in Northern Ireland’s qualification for Euro 2016, the 21-year-old has only appeared 17 times for the South Yorkshire team this season, last starting at home in October. McCullough is keen to nail down a first-team spot in order to impress further Michael O’Neill.

“I need to be playing here first before I can even think about international football,” he said.

“My job is to keep my place in the team here and then that will look after itself whatever happens.

“I want to be involved in the squad going to a major tournament in the summer, but the most important thing is keeping my place here and the international manager can make his mind up from there.”

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