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McGowan set to play for Adelaide despite father's murder conviction

Adelaide United's Dylan McGowan
Dylan McGowan is expected to take the field when Adelaide hosts Newcastle on Friday night.

Adelaide United expect defender Dylan McGowan to play in the Reds' A-League match against Newcastle on Friday night despite his father being found guilty of murder in a Scottish court.

McGowan's father James McGowan faces a life sentence after being found guilty on Thursday in Edinburgh of the 1999 stabbing murder of his former brother-in-law.

Adelaide coach Guillermo Amor said on Thursday he expected McGowan to front against the Jets, but a final decision would be made on game day.

"We wait [until] tomorrow but in this case McGowan plays tomorrow," Amor told reporters on Thursday.

"He is working well and Dylan is fantastic ... very good man, very good player, he's with confidence ... he gives everything every day."

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James McGowan, 58, was convicted of the murder of his former brother-in-law Owen Brannigan in the High Court of Edinburgh.

The court heard McGowan stabbed Brannigan 11 times in the neck and body and fled Scotland for Australia the next day. He was extradited in March last year.

The result of the case came ahead of Dylan McGowan training with his teammates on Thursday to prepare for their home match against Newcastle.

Adelaide enter the fixture after being thumped 0-5 last start by Perth -- the Reds have two wins this season after winning the league last season.

The results have heaped scrutiny on coach Amor, whose tenure with the Reds expires at the end of May.

But Amor reiterated he is not thinking about his future at the club, with contract talks put on hold until later this month.

"I have contract until the end of the season," Amor said. "I am very happy in Adelaide and [so is] my family.

"But in this moment I have to wait.

"I don't think in the next year ... I don't think in the future, next year. I don't have time for this.

"It's good when you are happy and working in a city, happy is very important, but I don't think in the future."

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