Belfast Telegraph

Donegal Celtic 1 Dungannon Swifts 1

By Alex McGreevy

While Dungannon Swifts’ co-manager Darren Murphy has revealed doubts about his future in the game, Donegal Celtic officials have been left with a managerial conundrum which only a week ago appeared a foregone conclusion.

Momentum in the aftermath of Stephen Small’s departure at Celtic Park favoured former player and boss Pat McAllister.

But with interviews extending to other hopefuls, former Ards defender Declan McGreevy strengthened his case with a County Antrim Shield victory last Monday, and Saturday’s league stalemate with the men from Tyrone.

The west-Belfast man, if successful, would co-manage with coach John O’Kane, a former Celtic talent scout, and Derry City legend Jimmy McGeough as his advisor.

He said: “This club is a sleeping giant in west Belfast and the people need to be re-awoken by success and harmony on the pitch and off it.

“I believe I can take the team to a different level, a new level of professionalism and togetherness.”

Stefan Lavery made the most of a defensive error to put Swifts in front in the 14th minute — a goal not unlike his that knocked Celtic out of the Irish Cup last season.

But Peter McCann, scoring for the second time in a week for his new club, levelled in the 45th minute.

Advantage was gifted to the hosts in the 51st minute with Matt Hazley saw red for a two-footed tackle on Celtic’s dynamic midfielder Ryan Deans.

Celtic peppered Niall Morgan’s goalmouth but could not produce the final ingredient to serve up a first league victory.

Darren Murphy said: “I feel dejected after this result yet I am pleased with the league point.

“I thought we coped well and gave a good honest shift but that isn’t good enough for everyone.”

Murphy will attend a board meeting tonight, after which he will decide whether he has the appetite to stay in the role.

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