Belfast Telegraph

Carrick heading in right direction, insists Callaghan

By Graham Luney

Aaron Callaghan says the only way is up for Carrick Rangers as he sets about putting the club back on the right track. One win from 13 Premiership outings, secured against the side they face today - Glentoran - has sparked genuine relegation fears but Callaghan has seen some positive signs in the opening two league matches of his reign.

Glenavon, despite their array of attacking talent, were shut out in a scoreless draw while champions Crusaders had to work hard for their 3-1 victory at Seaview.

The visitors missed a good chance to equalise when trailing 2-1 and former Crues player/boss Callaghan expects his side to move through the gears.

"Glentoran had a good win last weekend against Cliftonville but we can't control what anyone else does. It's my job to assess my players and get this club going," said the Dubliner ahead of the Glens' visit to the Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena.

"I'm happy enough with the squad I inherited, though not the results which leave us in a difficult position. It's a tough challenge but one I'm looking forward to.

"Every game is tough and you can't afford to think otherwise, you need to be up for them all. You can get turned over quite easily if you aren't prepared right. I've seen enough in terms of temperament but we could do more work on fitness and I'll look to bring a few more in when I can in January.

"To keep Glenavon scoreless was a huge bonus and shows we can compete at this level."

Callaghan enjoyed his return to Seaview last week, saying: "I always love coming back to this ground.

"I've happy memories from here and my heart is still in the place and I have fantastic friends here including Stephen (boss Baxter)."

Elsewhere today, Ballymena United hope to hit back from defeats in the league and County Antrim Shield as they entertain Ballinamallard United.

And Portadown host an Ards side that impressed in a 2-1 County Antrim Shield success over the Braidmen on Tuesday.

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