Fleetwood Town boss Charlie Adam is 'looking forward' to a reunion with his former employers as Reading make their first-ever trip to the Highbury Stadium.

The 'Scottish Pirlo' joined Reading in 2019 after a 15-year career with the likes of Rangers, Liverpool and Stoke City.

The Scotland international scored twice in 27 appearances before returning to his boyhood club Dundee where he retired in 2022.

Under-23 manager at Burnley until last year, the 38-year-old replaced Lee Johnson with Fleetwood this season for his first role in first-team management.

Six points adrift of safety in the League One relegation zone, the Cod Army have won two of their last three matches and beat the Royals in the reverse fixture before Christmas.

More than 500 Reading fans are making the midweek journey hoping to extend a run of just one defeat in 12 matches, which has seen the club climb to 18th in the third tier.

Speaking ahead of the meet with his old club, Adam said: "I spent a year there as a player- I loved being at that football club. It’s a big football club with good supporters and I’m looking forward to the challenge. I want to win football matches for Fleetwood Town.

"You want to win. Mark Bowen is still there, sporting director, who I worked with at Stoke under Mark Hughes, so it would be nice to get one over him as well and get a win for Fleetwood."

More than 1,800 Reading fans will be travelling to league leaders Portsmouth on Saturday for a second successive away match, having beaten Stevenage last Tuesday.