Belfast Telegraph

Young’s pride in Glentoran kids

By Billy Weir

As a player Scott Young was a man who wore his heart on his sleeve as a snarling midfielder who gave his all for Glentoran.

Now he’s looking onto the pitch from the dug-out his passion has not diminished one bit despite a torrid time off the pitch in east Belfast that would have had lesser men throwing in the towel.

Rumours of the Glens demise have been been extinguished and out of the smoke it’s incredible to think that as we enter the league’s finishing straight they’re still in contention for the Gibson Cup, eight points behind Linfield.

They can reduce that to five with a win over Cliftonville at Solitude tomorrow and with the JJB Sports Irish Cup semi-final and two league games against the Blues to come, life is certainly not boring for Young.

“It was very important to get the football club to the semi-final,” he explained.

“And the league campaign? It’s in Linfield’s hands, if they take care of business, they win the league. Crusaders have been on a fantastic run, they had a fantastic result last Saturday and their confidence is flying high, and they’re pushing them all the way.

“Glentoran are in there just behind them and we’ll continue to plug away. Whenever you wear anybody’s shirt, you should wear it with pride, but as far as I’m concerned Glentoran is a special football club and the very least we can do when we put on that jersey is give it 100 per cent.

“At this moment in time it’s a young set of players and they’re working hard and I’m proud of how they are responding because we’ve gone behind a few times and have had to claw our way back.”

Meanwhile, Keith Gillespie signed a short-term deal with Longford Town yesterday.

The former Northern Ireland winger has joined until the end of the season.

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