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New boss 'will steer Rangers clear of relegation zone'

By David Mason

Mark Surgenor believes the Aaron Callaghan factor can steer Carrick Rangers out of troubled relegation waters! The big Dubliner may be still looking for his first victory since taking on one of the Irish League's most challenging jobs, but utility man Surgenor reckons the ship is gradually being steadied.

Rangers can tonight take a mighty step in their plight to reach Danske Premiership safety when they travel to Ferney Park to face Ballinamallard United - another team blighted by trap door issues.

"Big Aaron and his coaching staff have impressed everyone since taking over at Carrick," said Sugenor. "They have a great professional manner about them.

"Aaron's training methods are different. We may only have a couple of hours on Tuesday and Thursday night, but it's a very enjoyable few hours. We work a lot on ball retention. Everyone has bought into what he is trying to do. He earns respect . . . and he gives respect."

Carrick haven't enjoyed a league success since winning at Glentoran on August 13 -they drew (3-3) at home to Ballinamallard the following week.

"This a massive match for both clubs," added Surgenor. "It's a must-win scenario.

"I suppose the only saving grace is the fact that Portadown appear to be in a state of disarray and are still quite a bit behind.

"The bottom line is, we must look after ourselves. Five points out of a possible 42 isn't good enough for any club. We can't afford to feel sorry for ourselves."

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