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McCutcheon still determined to make big impact at Crusaders

By Graham Luney

Gary McCutcheon is unsure what the future holds for him at Crusaders after boss Stephen Baxter swooped for Andy Smith but the Scot says he's still determined to sparkle for the Seaview side.

The former Portadown and Ballymena United frontman has been warming the bench for the Hatchetmen, often used as a impact player from the sidelines.

In his 21 league appearances for the Crues this season, McCutcheon has come on as a subtitute in 10 matches and been replaced on seven occasions.

Five league goals is a disappointing tally for a player of his calibre and the striker now faces competition from new arrival Smith.

But the Dumfries man is still hungry for goals on the Shore Road and he wants to shine in 2014, starting with tonight's home clash with Dungannon Swifts in front of the Sky Sports cameras (8.05pm).

"I haven't been playing as much as I would have liked but I feel fit and raring to go," he said.

"With Andy Smith coming to the club, I'm not sure where that leaves me but I feel that when I have played I have made a positive contribution.

"It's been disappointing being out of the team and not being able to play but you have to get on with it.

"Andy coming in means there is more compeition for places and you have to deal with that. That can be a good thing for the club but, of course, you always want to play."

McCutcheon is expecting a stormy contest with the Swifts.

"Dungannon have been one of our bogey teams and we will show them plenty of respect," added the 35-year-old. "But we are keen to return to winning ways as things have stalled for us a bit. Three points out of a possible 12 is not what we hoped for after being on such a great run."

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