Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Elliott tips Glentoran gems to light up the league

Stuart Elliott is backing Glentoran’s young guns to fire the club to the kind of success that he enjoyed during his first spell with the Oval club.

The former Northern Ireland international is itching for first-team action after re-signing for the Glens three weeks ago, but as he awaits the nod from manager Eddie Patterson, Elliott is enjoying watching the next generation of talent in east-Belfast.

The likes of Calum Birney, Jimmy Callagher, Jim O’Hanlon and John McGuigan have all made an impression on Elliott while helping the Glens start the Danske Premiership season on a seven-match unbeaten run.

“There are some fantastic young players in the squad and if Eddie can keep them together then they have every chance of bringing success to the club,” said Elliott.

“What the extent of that success is I don’t know, it’s up to them really to keep going and try to do even better.”

Elliott is in-line to make a return to the Glentoran first-team in today’s Premiership clash with Lisburn Distillery at the Oval, having played in a friendly against Bangor on Monday night.

The 34-year-old, who lit up the Oval during the Glens 1998-99 league title winning season before heading to Motherwell a year later, is exercising patience.

“It was fantastic to play at the Oval in a Glentoran jersey again and it brought back a lot of memories,” said Elliott.

“When I come into the first-team it is up to the manager. Monday was my first game, so if you line that up to a pre-season I would be a bit away from a competitive game.

“I am looking forward to getting into the team because they are playing good football and the performances have been good.”

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