By Alex Taylor

Gary Lineker has ridiculed Alan Shearer after it emerged a statue of the former striker would be erected outside of St James’ Park.

Match of the Day host Lineker made reference to the statue’s strange look while it is waiting to be unwrapped and unveiled to the public.

BBC Sport pundit Shearer, 46, remains the Premier League’s record goalscorer with 260 goals and is considered a legend among the Tyneside faithful.

The £250,000 bronze statue was bought for the Magpies by ex-chief Freddy Shepherd after originally ordering the sculpture in 2007, but Lineker was quick to bring his colleague back down to earth.

Lineker has developed a reputation on Twitter in recent years for making tongue-in-cheek remarks about the world of football and poking fun at other celebrities on the social network.

Shearer moved to Newcastle from Blackburn in 1996 for a then world-record fee of £15million having scored 113 times in just 144 games.

The prolific attacker went on to captain the Toon from the 1998-99 season onwards and featured 520 times in all competitions over a ten year period at the club.

The statue is a fitting tribute to Newcastle’s all-time record goalscorer, nine years after playing his final game for the Toon.

In other Newcastle news, three changes are expected to be made to Rafa Benitez’s squad as they face promotion hopefuls Derby in Saturday’s tea-time kick-off.