Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Ibrox stars could make Glentoran visit, says Rangers coach Durrant

Glentoran manager Scott Young

Rangers coach Ian Durrant says the club will try their hardest to make a swift return to east Belfast — only this time with a full squad.

Durrant brought a young Gers side to these shores on Tuesday night where they were beaten 2-1 by Glentoran at the Oval.

Due to the fact that the Glasgow side had a full summer schedule, which included a trip to Australia, Tuesday was the only free night they had.

Unfortunately for local fans that clashed with an international date and therefore, with Rangers jam-packed with players who represent their country, including Northern Ireland’s Steve Davis, Kyle Lafferty and Andy Little who were all out in Montenegro, it was left to the next generation.

Even that managed to attract a decent crowd to the Oval, but it would grow considerably should the more recognisable names make the trip over again.

“I’d like us to come over again with a more experienced team, but the game was very good for our young players,” said Durrant.

“They were given a good physical work-out by a very strong team and it will hold them in good stead.”

He added: “We are treated like Gods any time we come to Northern Ireland, everyone at the club knows that.

“It’s a shame that, due to circumstances with it being an international week, that we couldn’t bring a full squad over because I know the fans here in Belfast will appreciate and I am sure in a year or two we will be back over with a few more of our big name players.”

Glens boss Scott Young is also hopeful that a future visit is on the radar.

“No matter what level of player they are, whether it be youth, reserve or first team, they are employed by Glasgow Rangers Football club so from that perspective they have to have something about them,” he said. “Obviously we would love to have the full squad over here at some stage but hopefully that is something that will happen.”

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Ards have accepted the resignation of boss Tommy Kincaid.

Chairman Brian Adams said: “The manager cited his disappointment with pre-season preparations and frustration at some of our senior players leaving.

“From the board’s prospective we were disappointed with various aspects of Tommy's role at the club. After some discussions on Saturday, his resignation remained in effect and we accepted it at our board meeting.”

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