Peter Taylor believes Friday's game against Coventry will provide a terrific platform for his players to impress

Gills boss Peter Taylor says tonight’s game against Coventry presents a good opportunity for his players to show their qualities.

The Sky Blues are celebrating their return to the Ricoh Arena after a near 18 month absence, and the Manager says he is delighted to see the club return home.

He said: “It’s going to be a terrific experience for the players because there will be over 20,000 people watching us so that will be magnificent.

“I am absolutely delighted for their club and for their supporters because they can now watch their team play at their home which is very important.”

As for team news Peter revealed that skipper Doug Loft will not be available.

He said: “Doug won’t make it, he has a chance for Oldham but he’s got inflammation around the Achilles so that’s taken a bit longer than we would have hoped but we are getting there.

“It’s not good enough to start a match at the minute.

“Amine Linganzi has trained for a couple of days so he might actually be in the squad – he might have a chance, he’s had to do a lot of training on his own but for the last couple of sessions he has joined in with the boys.”

With the Gills not playing during the course of the weekend it gives the Manager and his Assistant Andy Hessenthaler chance to do some scouting as Peter explained:

“I’m at Peterborough v Port Vale and Andy is at Crawley v Rochdale,” he said. “So we will take four teams in to have a little look. Our scouting network is OK but it’s not as big as we would like so we are trying to get some fresh ideas and knowledge on other teams.

“We are looking forward to the free week and I’m really hopeful some of these injuries will clear up a bit better and they will be more prepared to play against Oldham.”

His interview in full can be seen here.