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Show me you care, says Carrick Rangers boss Hughes

By Graham Luney

The Carling Premiership table doesn’t make pretty reading for Carrick Rangers fans but the supporters haven’t been blessed with pretty football this season.

Their last outing was a disappointing 3-1 defeat at Crusaders when, despite taking an early lead, they crumbled like a side that didn’t have a heart for the fight.

The major worry for Rangers boss Michael Hughes is that his players showed little appetite to dig themsleves out of the mess they find themselves in.

Four points adrift of Dungannon Swifts and Glenavon and five behind Lisburn Distillery, it’s not too late for the players to perform the great escape as they head to Stangmore Park today.

But a drastic change of attitude will be demanded.

“We can’t go out on a pitch believing we are top class footballers and then not put the work in,” said the former Northern Ireland international. “We do have to put the work in and we better improve. I need a reaction for what we are producing is not acceptable.

“The last performance was not acceptable to me or any of my staff. You can’t have three or four lads putting in a performance and the rest not. It’s down to them now to prove they care.”

If one man can fire Rangers to Premiership survival, it could be their new frontman Shane Dolan.

“Shane has improved since he’s come here, he’s scored a few goals and he’s a threat,” added Hughes.

“He’s been a find for us and he’s done well.

“But I need a performance over 90 minutes from all the players if we are to stay in this league.”

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