Glentoran not out to gatecrash Windsor party, insists Young
Scott Young has declared that helping Crusaders peg back Linfield in the title race is not his or his team's motivation.
The Glentoran manager will tonight lead his team into the third and final part of the Big Two trilogy this evening, insisting that he is only interested in trying to take victory at Windsor Park — and not what the consequences might be as the title race enters its final phase.
The Glens own chances of pushing the Blues all the way in the fight for the Gibson CUp fell apart in eight manic minutes at the Oval on Saturday when they threw away a lead given to them by Daryl Fordyce, crashing to a 2-1 defeat thanks to late goals from Paul Munster and Michael Carvill.
Now Young feels that with their three point gap ahead of second placed Crusaders, having played a game less, the Blues already have the Carling Premiership in the bag and that there is nothing his team can do to stop their rivals.
“As far as I am concerned Linfield have won the title,” said Young.
“Obviously we will be going to Windsor Park trying to get a result, but they are 11 points ahead of Glentoran, three points head of Crusaders so Crusaders are relying on us doing them a massive, massive favour.
“I am not interested in Crusaders, I am only interested in Glentoran, but we will be going there to try and get a result.
“It will be very, very difficult because Linfield will be buoyed by the fact that they scored two goals in the last five minutes at such a crucial stage in the season.
“It is going to be a very difficult game for us, but we have to approach it in the right manner.”
With the dust settling on Glentoran's season, there has already been a sign that the club is looking towards the future. Just before the weekend the services of goalkeeper Elliott Morris and defender Sean Ward were secured on long-term contracts.
And on Sunday the Glens confirmed that Stephen Carson has signed a pre-contract with the club and will join in the summer.
The Coleraine winger won't be the last through the door at the Oval and there will be quite a few going in the opposite direction, however, Young felt it crucial to pin down two of his most important players early.
“It was very important to get Elliott Morris and Sean Ward tied up,” he added. “They are two players who have been around the club for a long time and it was important that we get our best players signed up and now we have.
“Now we have to build on that.”