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Give Glentoran your all or head for the exit: Morris

By Graham Luney

Elliott Morris has a message for any players who don't want to play for Glentoran – pack your bags.

When today's Irish Cup final is over and the tales of glory and despair subside, the spotlight will focus on who's heading for the Oval exit door.

Speculation regarding the future of players has grown since news emerged that there have been several missed wage payments this season.

Despite the financial strife, players have refused to go on strike.

Their loyalty and commitment to the cause has been rewarded with a place in the showpiece final against treble-chasing Cliftonville at Windsor Park today (2.30pm).

However, a few Glentoran favourites are likely to wave farewell to the club this summer.

Andrew Waterworth could move cross town to Linfield and the Blues are also interested in Sean Ward.

Richard Clarke has his admirers around the league and Stephen Carson is expected to seek a new challenge, possibly in America, while Colin Nixon will make his final appearance for the club in the final.

Keeper Morris, who could be wearing the captain's armband against the Reds, says he only wants to line up alongside players who are committed to the Glentoran cause.

"I don't know who is going to leave the club but I'm sure they probably have their minds made up by now," said Morris.

"If they want to leave, they will leave but Eddie (Patterson) and his backroom staff are trying to build for the future and they can only do that with players who want to be here.

"This club needs people who want to play for Glentoran. I don't want to be a team-mate of someone who doesn't want to be here.

"I'm sure Eddie feels the same. If you don't want to play for Glentoran on a Saturday, just go."

Morris will be making his fourth appearance for the Glens in an Irish Cup final.

Coleraine got the better of him in 2003 but he was able to exact revenge 12 months later.

He was between the sticks the last time the east-Belfast giants made the decider, losing the 2006 final to Linfield.

"I can't really remember the disappointing moments to be honest," added the shot-stopper.

"I said to Seamus (Lynch) after we beat Portadown that I'm really intending to enjoy this one because I can't really remember the other ones!

"I'm going to take everything in. You could be tempted to think, especially being at a club like Glentoran, that there is always next year. But football isn't like that as we know."

Morris will have to keep an eye on sharp-shooters Liam Boyce and Joe Gormley who have scored 75 goals between them his season.

Boyce, sitting on 36 strikes, will finish top of the goalscoring charts.

"Liam and Joe are the main men for them," added Morris.

"If we can keep those two boys quiet then it gives us a massive chance.

"Andy (Waterworth) up front for us has been magnificent this season and he's always liable to get one or two goals."

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