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Excited Nacho Novo promises to make his own little bit of history with Glentoran

By Graham Luney

Glentoran's big name signing Nacho Novo says he can handle the pressure and expectation generated by his shock move to the east Belfast giants.

The former Rangers hero may be 37-years-old and in the autumn of his career but the Oval faithful are still expecting fireworks from the little magician.

Novo is expected to make his debut at home to Dungannon Swifts on Saturday and, after signing a one-year deal with the Glens, he's hungry to regain match fitness and show his class.

"I'm not bothered by the pressure," said the Spaniard who was all smiles at last night's league launch at Windsor Park.

"I forget about that because the expectations that matter are those I have of myself.

"I've been that way throughout my career.

"I will criticise my own performances and know when I should be doing better.

"Even if I have a good game that is not enough for me.

"It's not about pressure for me anymore.

"I've been around for a while and I just want to enjoy my football and help the team.

"It's not about me, it's about the team and us sticking together. Football is a team game and we will win and lose together.

"From what I have seen in training we have a good spirit and will perform well.

"I've spoken to many fans and they are excited which is good.

"We will need the fans behind us, hopefully everyone will be happy.

"This is an absolutely massive Irish club with a lot of ambition. I want to try and win something and hopefully create more history for the club.

"Right now I feel good and think I can play for two more years.

"I know my body and believe I can do that but you never know what the future will bring."

Novo, who won three league titles at Ibrox, is genuinely excited about this new chapter in his career.

"I thought the league launch was great and it makes me more proud and excited to be part of this league," he added.

"I'm joining a great group and the guys have been great.

"There are many good young players and they have a good future in front of them.

"I'm enjoying it so far. There has been plenty of banter but hard work as well.

"That's the important thing because you want the team to be successful.

"I will be based here in Northern Ireland but in terms of my fitness I still have work to do.

"It does not worry me much because I can pick it up quickly.

"I'm training with the team and will get stronger and being based here helps from a training perspective."

Meanwhile, Linfield boss David Healy has snapped up midfielders Josh Carson and Stephen Fallon.

Former Ipswich Town and York City player Carson has four Northern Ireland caps while teenager Fallon joins the Blues on a permanent basis after a six-month loan at Windsor Park from Swansea.

"Josh is another quality signing - he has a great left foot and is strong on his right," Healy said.

"He can also play in a number of positions in the attacking area.

"I hope Stephen can hit the ground running - he left Swansea and has a lot of ability going forward.

"I hope to add another one to the squad before the transfer window closes and hopefully it will be a good one."

• Coleraine have moved quickly to ensure that Saturday is not entirely a washout at The Showgrounds.

Their scheduled Premiership opener with Portadown having been scrapped, the Bannsiders have arranged a family fun day, incorporating an as-yet-unconfirmed friendly fixture, with all fans encouraged to attend.

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