Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

McClean’s play-off fears

Institute's Ruairi McClean admits he has a little bit more incentive for tonight's match with Coleraine.

The midfielder, who concedes that the Drumahoe men are now probably relying on Loughgall winning the Championship if they harbour any hopes of staying up, teaches in Milburn Primary School and he knows both his pupils and fellow teachers will be keeping a close eye on his performance.

“Every week they check out our result and how I do, unfortunately they haven't seen many good results from us this year,” said McClean. “Unfortunately we are now relying on Loughgall doing us a favour, by winning the Championship and then at least we'll be in a play-off with Donegal Celtic.

“It's unfortunate that an entire season could all depend on a two legged play-off, but at the minute that's the best we can hope for.

“Although we have two league games left I feel it's all about getting good performances under our belt rather than points because points at this stage probably won't matter.”

McClean, who was one of just two players who didn't come in for any criticism from boss John Gregg after last weekend's terrible 3-0 defeat Ballymena United

“If you were a neutral at the Ballymena match then you would have thought they were the side needing the points to try and stay up, we just didn't want it enough and what's more annoying is that I think they were there for the taking,” McClean admitted.

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