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Crusaders new-boy Glackin confident fans will soon see the best of him

Glentoran v Crusaders, Danske Bank Premiership: The Oval, Tonight, 7.45pm (Live on Sky Sports)

By Adrian Rutherford

Jamie Glackin admits his Crusaders career has got off to a slow start - but believes fans will soon see the best of his talents.

The 22-year-old joined from Dungannon Swifts in the summer.

A technically gifted midfielder capable of unlocking defences, he has found the Crues' pragmatic style a culture shock. However, Glackin is confident he can make an impact at Seaview given time.

"It has been tough settling in so far but it's for me to get my head down, work hard and see where it takes me," he said.

"For me, it's time to battle on and keep working away.

"For any player it's going to take time, but so far it has been a different change for me in terms of the style of football I was used to playing, and coming here.

"It's about having to adapt, and I'm sure I can adapt given time here."

So far Glackin has made three league appearances, starting twice, including last weekend's 1-1 draw against Dungannon.

He was certainly not alone in struggling against a well-organised Swifts side.

Glackin, however, remains confident that he will quickly rediscover the form he showed at Dungannon.

Last Saturday's draw against Dungannon followed a 0-0 stalemate with Ards.

It leaves the Crues eight points off the pace in the Danske Bank Premiership, ahead of tonight's TV date with Glentoran.

Those dropped points against Ards and Dungannon could yet come back to haunt the Crues, and Glackin admits they need to step it up against the smaller clubs.

"We said in the changing room, you can't be motivated for games against Glentoran, Linfield and Cliftonville and not back it up against the likes of Ards and Dungannon," he added.

"To be honest, on Saturday we just weren't at it. Dungannon, for me, are probably the best footballing team in the league and you have to have a way of stopping that.

"We didn't, we had no plan B, and that told for us in the end."

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