Boyce could play in ‘secret’ Blackpool clash

Emmerson Boyce up against Blackpool's David Ferguson last season
Emmerson Boyce up against Blackpool's David Ferguson last season
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Emmerson Boyce is set to play for Blackpool today in a friendly against Morecambe which no-one is allowed to watch.

The 35-year-old has left Wigan Athletic after nine years, having played almost 300 League games for the Latics.

Defender Boyce turned down the chance of a pay-as-you-play deal at the DW Stadium and joined the Seasiders in training at Squires Gate yesterday.

The Barbados international would provide the experience manager Neil McDonald feels his squad is currently short of , with the League One campaign just 11 days away.

After joining Wigan from Crystal Palace for £1m in 2006, Boyce went on to captain the club to FA Cup final victory over Manchester City in 2013.

Boyce is expected to play at Morecambe this afternoon in a game no-one is allowed to watch.

After threats of crowd disturbances resulted in the decision to play the match behind closed doors, it’s now been revealed that media will also be banned from the game.

Despite Morecambe hosting the match at their Globe Arena, the Shrimps say they will refuse all press access “at the request of Blackpool FC”.

It’s another strange twist in a summer of silence from the Seasiders, who are currently refusing all interview requests from The Gazette.

Anyone who does manage to see today’s game will be interested to discover whether Jose Cubero or Nile Ranger appear for Pool.

Pool announced that striker Ranger would return to training last week and that Costa Rican midfielder Jose Cubero would be back this week.

The Gazette understands that neither had been seen in training as of yesterday, with supporters again left to question their whereabouts.