Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Gary Hamilton is still a winner

Top man: Gary Hamilton is presented with his Player of the Month prize for October by Carling referee Catherine Jennings

Gary Hamilton has never changed his philosophy — he aims to win every game and competition.

However, he’s taken the reality pill that Glentoran folk needed to swallow after an administration scare that forced budgets to be slashed.

With Linfield once again setting the pace in the Carling Premiership, the title appears to be a bridge too far for the Glens this season, but there’s no denying that Scott Young’s men are playing title-winning football at the moment.

The Oval gems are in sparkling form, none more so than Hamilton who has scooped the Carling Player of the Month prize for October. Hamilton has scored five goals in six outings while his team has recorded 24 goals in six matches.

The former Northern Ireland international won the award for the seventh time — putting him level with Glenn Ferguson.

“I wouldn’t go as far to say I’m playing the best football of my career, but it’s good to be involved in a team which is on a good run,” said Hamilton. “As a player I enter every match and competition wanting to win it, but I am realistic as well and I know it will be very tough to catch Linfield, maybe impossible.

“I’ll try right until the end when it is mathematically impossible to win it. I’ll probably say no, it’s not realistic because Linfield are streets ahead of the rest, maybe not so much 1-11, but they can replace like for like with the strong squad they have.”

Hamilton was quick to hail the performances of his team-mates Jimmy Carragher and Stephen Carson.

“Jimmy has been excellent at centre-half and he’s looked like he’s played there all his life. I rate him very highly and he’s always had immense ability.

“And Stephen has probably played a part in about 80 per cent of our goals this month. You can see he’s played at a higher level,” he said.

Tomorrow will be a special occasion for former Glens captain Paul Leeman as he returns to the Oval with Crusaders.

Ex-Glens striker David Rainey could make his 250th appearance for the visitors.

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