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Carrick will attack prize of top flight place: Taggart

 

By Graham Luney

Carrick Rangers' longest-serving player Glenn Taggart says his side will be a more menacing attacking force against Institute tonight. The Premiership play-off battle is on a knife-edge with the 1-1 scoreline at Drumahoe setting up a tense thriller at the Belfast Loughshore Arena (7.45pm).

Taggart, who has made over 500 appearances for the club during a 20-year career, said: "It's a massive game for the club and from our point of view it has implications for the set-up, including youth development structures and the health of the club going forward so we have to ensure we are in the Premiership.

"People will say we are slight favourites but we will certainly not be taking them lightly and they will feel they can finish the job. But we are the home team and we will look to produce a more attacking performance.

"Institute didn't penetrate us a lot other than the goal and we were solid defensively but we will be more attacking."

When Aaron Callaghan quit as Carrick boss at the end of last month, it sparked fears the club would go down with a whimper and there remains an element of mystery surrounding his exit.

"The timing of Aaron's departure was certainly strange and reading between the lines I'm guessing that he thought his resignation would help the club by giving it the kick up the backside it needed," added Taggart.

"Results had not been good and he felt he had taken the club as far as he could. Aaron is quite methodical in his thinking and perhaps felt by leaving the club he would give it the best chance of achieving its goal of surviving in the Premiership.

"The obvious question is how would his departure affect the players but we have been fully focused.

"It's been a nervous finish but football can be unforgiving and unfortunately there's been a bit of sadness after the excitement of reaching the League Cup final but I've played for 14 managers and you get on with it."

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