As someone who scored one of the best goals of 2010, Matty Burrows is in a position to challenge his manager’s belief that Irish League standards are falling.
However, don’t expect the 25-year-old to pick an argument with his boss.
Some Irish League football may not be pretty on the eye but Burrows’ back-heeled volley against Portadown was a thing of beauty and it’s booked his ticket to Turin for a FIFA goal of the year bash next week.
“I never really followed Linfield and Glentoran teams when I was younger so I can’t really compare sides from different periods,” he said. “Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I do know we have an excellent product and all the teams have proved they are capable of beating each other. We know we have to be on our game all the time and it will be the same against Coleraine.
“There are a lot of good players in the league and I know there are a lot of young players but they deserve a chance to show what they can do and I’ve had to be patient at Glentoran.”
Burrows hopes the Glens can return to winning ways at Coleraine tonight.
“Coleraine is a tough place to go and they seem to raise their game against us,” he added. “We need to be more clinical and start taking our chances. We need a reponse after losing to Portadown.”