FROZEN-OUT Ross McCormack will receive a £700,000 bonus from Aston Villa – despite not playing for them this season.

The former Scotland international striker is in line to pick up his whopping windfall from the Midlands club if they are promoted to the Premier League.

McCormack’s annual salary is reportedly £2.3million and if Steve Bruce’s team clinch a return to the top flight it will automatically increase to around the £3million mark.

The 31-year-old frontman has made just 20 appearances for the club since his £12million move from Fulham in 2016.

Roberto Di Matteo splashed the cash to lure the ex-Rangers, Motherwell, Cardiff City and Leeds attacker to Villa, but was sacked only four months later.

Bruce, the Italian’s successor, and the player had a public fall-out last season and McCormack was loaned to Nottingham Forest before also moving to Melbourne City on another temporary contract.

He returned in January and has been in the wilderness ever since. The Scot still has two years of his lucrative deal to run.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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