Rory Patterson last night shot down any question marks surrounding his commitment to Coleraine.
As the Belfast Telegraph revealed last Saturday morning, Patterson had signed a pre-contract with Glentoran and will move to the Oval in the summer, but the Coleraine striker still wants to make the east Belfast fans suffer tomorrow.
And Bannsiders manager David Platt has no intention of leaving his 24-goal hitman out of the team against the club that will be paying his wages for the next three seasons.
Patterson was jeered by his own fans during their win against Crusaders last weekend after the news of his deal with the Glens broke, but gave them the perfect answer with four goals in a 5-2 victory — and he is ready to do the same to Alan McDonald’s defending champions.
“I am still a Coleraine player and when I step out onto the pitch the only thing I want to do is get a win and I’ll be doing all I can to get that,” said Patterson.
“I get paid to do a job and that’s to score goals and I’ll be doing my best to score against Glentoran on Saturday.
“We had a good win against them at the Oval earlier in the season and it was a good day for me personally scoring four goals. I’d be happy if I score one on Saturday.”
Platt did consider leaving Patterson out against the Crues, but in the end he was glad he didn’t after his second four-goal haul of the season.
The Glens have been trying to do a deal that would take Patterson to the Oval before the transfer window slams shut at 5pm next Monday.
Unless that happens very quickly, Patterson will be wearing blue and white rather than green, red and black tomorrow.
“What Rory has done hasn’t affected us,” said Platt.
“There was a small minority of fans who got at him last Saturday, but they were excellent to him on Tuesday night against Ballymena and although he didn’t score, Rory played very well again.
“It’s a difficult call, but there is a good chance Rory will play against Glentoran. If he is available to us I would think he’ll be in the team.
“At this moment in time Rory is still a Coleraine player. That could change, but the ball is in Glentoran’s court and although the transfer window is still open, they haven’t got much time left.”
With four months of his Coleraine career still remaining, Patterson believes he can still leave the Showgrounds with a medal — and isn’t giving up on the big one.
The Bannsiders are just seven points behind the Glens — who are top on goal difference — with two games in hand and as the Carling Premiership’s top scorers they have every chance of mounting a serious title challenge right up until the death.
“The league is still very tight and we want to still be challenging in there,” said Patterson.
“Right down to Portadown — who are a place below us — teams are strong and capable of putting a run together that will shoot them up the league.
“Saturday is a big game for both teams, we both need the points, Glentoran to stay top and ourselves to keep the pressure on.”