Attack appears to be the best form of defence for Cliftonville in this transfer window with Deaglan Bunting confirmed as the latest January acquisition at Solitude.
The former Northern Ireland Under-19 international is the third striker to sign for the Reds since Rory Donnelly’s departure to Swansea City and, coming hot on the heels of the arrival of Diarmuid O’Carroll and return of Liam Boyce, Bunting provides a welcome selection headache for boss Tommy Breslin, who now has no fewer than SEVEN frontmen to choose from as Cliftonville maintain their push for league and cup honours.
“We are always on the look-out for talented players and, as we have shown with Joe Gormley, if there’s quality on our doorstep then we’re prepared to give them a chance,” said Breslin.
“Deaglan certainly fits into that category, although he doesn’t exactly arrive as an unknown quantity.
“He was very highly thought of at Celtic but was hampered by a serious injury and we’re hoping he’ll be able to replicate that form with us.”
A misdiagnosed broken back stalled Bunting’s progress in Glasgow and the 20-year-old had hoped to kickstart his career by signing for Bangor last summer but failed to make a single appearance for the Clandeboye side.
He faces huge competition for action with the Reds, who also have Stephen Garrett and Darren Stuart among their attacking options with skipper Chris Scannell nursing a hamstring strain ahead of tomorrow’s JJB Sports Irish Cup fifth round tie with Ards.
Bunting’s arrival is, however, set to coincide with a number of exits from Solitude before the end of the month.
Long-serving defender Liam Fleming and former Glentoran midfielder Peter Steele have already been placed on the transfer list by Breslin, who is expected to face enquiries for a number of other players on his books.
Cliftonville's Carling Premiership fixture with Carrick Rangers at Seaview on Saturday, January 28, was yesterday confirmed for a 3pm kick-off.