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Gary the best striker in league: Halliday

By Graham Luney

Michael Halliday can't wait to welcome "the best striker in the Irish League" back to Glentoran after his international adventure this week.

Gary Hamilton didn't get a run out against Sweden in Solna but Oval supremo Alan McDonald will expect his fresh legs to inflict serious damage on Larne at the Oval tomorrow.

The Glens are still unbeaten at home this season and as long as Hamilton is leading the attack, goalscoring won't be a problem.

Although he failed to add to his five caps, the 27-year-old will have a spring in his step now that Nigel Worthington is keeping a close eye on his finishing.

Halliday, who grabbed a brace against Larne in his side's 3-2 CIS Cup victory at Inver Park, is looking forward to learning more tricks from his striking partner and keeping the heat on title rivals Linfield and Cliftonville.

"Both times we played Larne the games finished 3-2 so we can expect another close one," said Halliday.

"They were leading us 2-0 at Inver at half-time before we managed to battle back in the second half to get the points.

"And at the Oval they took an early lead against us but we were able to hit back.

"So we will not be taking anything for granted against them. There isn't a team in the league who can be taken lightly.

"I'm trying to shake off a shoulder injury at the minute and I'm not certain I will start the game but it will be great to have Gary back to fire for us.

"He is different class and in my opinion the best striker in the Irish League. He deserved his international call-up and a run in the team.

"With Kyle Lafferty suspended for the Denmark game I would expect Gary to stay in the squad.

"At times I watch him and think he is unbelievable. He's a clever and quick player as well as a clinical finisher and I expect him to finish top goalscorer at the end of the season again.

"I have five goals so far and I'm hungry to add to that, as long as I am fit to play.

"It's early in the season but it's important to stay in touch at the top of the table because any lost ground can be very difficult to make up. The win at Lisburn Distillery was a big result for us and we can kick on from that."

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