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Glentoran and Derry fight for ex-Celtic player Paul George

Published 22/06/2015

Eddie Patterson's Glentoran will discover their Europa League opponents in the draw today
Eddie Patterson's Glentoran will discover their Europa League opponents in the draw today

Glentoran are facing competiton from Derry City for the signature of former Celtic starlet Paul George.

The 21-year-old, who was released by Dunfermline Athletic at the end of last season, having signed for the Pars in January following a four-year spell at Celtic, was in the Derry City team that met Greencastle in a friendly yesterday, in aid of the Mark Farren Fund.

Philip Lowry, Barry McNamee and Stephen Dooley scored the goals in a 3-0 for the Candystripes.

George is keeping his options open having also played for Glentoran in a friendly against the Northern Ireland Regions Cup squad last week.

The Glens also had defender Krisitan Gibson, who was recently let go by Rangers, guesting for them in that game.

George, who comes from the County Down coastal village of Killough, played at under-16 and under17 level for Northern Ireland before switching to the Republic of Ireland, going on to win under-17 and under-19 caps.

As well as hoping to hear news as to whether their club will sign George and Gibson, Glens fans are eagerly awaiting today's draw for the Europa League qualifiers.

They, along with Glenavon, could face West Ham United, or either of Scotland's first round representatives; Aberdeen or St Johnstone.

Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick's Athletic are also potential opponents for the Glens or the Lurgan Blues.

Linfield are seeded in the first round and an all-Ireland tie with either UCD or Cork City is a possibility for the Blues.

Crusaders know that they will face one of The New Saints from Wales, Estonian side Levadia Tallinn, Armenia's Pyunik or FC Santa Coloma of Andorra in the first round of the Champions League qualifiers.

If the Crues are successful fomer winners Celtic or Steaua Bucharest lie in wait in round two.

The Champions League draw takes place at 11am, while the Europa League draw is at 12noon.

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