Belfast Telegraph

Glens will keep up chase for Euro prize

By Graham Luney

Glentoran aren't going to let a Boxing Day hangover linger and knock their European mission off course.

That's the view of boss Eddie Patterson, who has been encouraged by his players' battling performances.

A 2-1 loss at Windsor Park on Friday wasn't on the fans' Christmas wish-lists but it took a late goal from Ivan Sproule to separate the teams.

Seven points adrift of fourth placed Portadown going into today's home clash with Institute, Glentoran's priority remains securing a place in the top six before the league split but a club of the Glens' stature always aspires to be on the European stage.

"At this minute we are targeting a top six place and if we can achieve that we will re-evaluate things," said Patterson. "If we finish in fifth we can hit fourth and that's the way to look at it.

"With the inexperience that we have, the young age of the players and the squad we have, the top six has to be our target and then we'll look to improve our position.

"We have been talking to a few individuals but whether we can do business in January or not, we'll have to wait and see.

"A lot of credit must go to the coaching staff as we try to play the football we want to play."

Ards have transfer listed striker Josh Cahoon and winger Eamon McAllister but have signed defender Denver Gage from Ballyclare Comrades.

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