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Johnny Taylor didn't headbutt a rival, insists Ferguson

By Graham Luney

Glenn Ferguson says he expects Johnny Taylor to be lining up in his Ballymena United defence at the start of the season.

Taylor was sent off in a friendly fixture against Ballyclare Comrades but Spike says the former Glentoran ace didn't headbutt anyone and will not be hit with a six-match ban.

"I think there has been a misunderstanding regarding the incident and Johnny didn't headbutt anyone but he could be looking at a two-game ban at some stage," said the United boss.

"We have no other concerns other than Mark Magennis missing the first few games which we knew about and William Faulkner is out for one.

"I've let a few go, brought a few in and the first-team squad of 22 players will be working hard. There is good competition for places and we'll see how things pan out when the season starts."

The Sky Blues open their campaign against Linfield at Windsor Park next Saturday.

Ferguson is also keen to fight off the Blues' interest in David Cushley.

"I spoke to David on Saturday and he's happy here," added Ferguson. "I learned of a Linfield bid of £10,000 while I was on holiday and I told our chairman John Taggart 'no'.

"There has been speculation of another bid but I spoke to Warren (Feeney) and their chairman (Jim Kerr) at their Europa League game at Windsor and they had no knowledge of it."

Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin remains hopeful he will land his top summer transfer target - Darren Murray.

The striker has expressed a desire to leave Portadown and join the Reds.

"Portadown have said they don't want to sell Darren but talks are ongoing and things can change," said Breslin.

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