Glentoran draw a blank and Novo tweets his frustration
Glentoran 0-0 Glenavon
Further questions will be asked about Nacho Novo's future at Glentoran after he appeared to express his disappointment at a lack of game time with the club on Twitter yesterday.
The former Rangers favourite was an unused substitute as the Glens were held 0-0 at home to Glenavon.
Spaniard Novo became one of the most high profile signings in Irish League history when he linked up with the east Belfast side in July but a lack of fitness, injury and limited first team action has curtailed his progress.
Haters don't really hate you, they hate themselves; because you're a reflection of what they wish to be— Nacho Novo (@nnovo1010) February 12, 2017
The 37-year-old is disappointed he hasn't featured more in a Glentoran jersey and he tweeted yesterday: "What happened yesterday was disrespectful. Haters don't really hate you, they hate themselves; because you're a reflection of what they wish to be."
Novo posted a photograph of him playing for the Glens along with the comments.
The remarks will add weight to the argument that Novo does not feature in boss Gary Haveron's long-term planning at the club. The Glens chief admitted his team have an enormous amount of work ahead of them if they are to claim a European play-off place at the end of the season.
"We have conceded too many soft goals this season, so at least we looked a lot more solid at the back, which was a big plus," he said. "We are at our most vulnerable when we are in attack because when it breaks down, we are not quick to get our shape back. It's something we'll continue to work at.
"It was a bit of a non-event to be honest. Both teams really cancelled each other out. I suppose it would be fair to say that it's a game we would have lost earlier in the season.
"But I think the result suited Glenavon rather than us, given our positions in the league table. My ambition of a top-six place hasn't changed. The reality is we are now running out of matches.
"I never wanted to rely on other teams' favours - I wanted us to take care of our own destiny. But it's been a frustrating season and I'm sure Glenavon would say the same. They were tipped as title contenders at the outset, but that hasn't worked out. Now we both find ourselves scrapping for sixth spot."
Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton, meanwhile, has unearthed a gem in teenage defender Caolan Marron. The 18-year-old was the shining light on an otherwise forgetful afternoon at The Oval.
"Caolan was excellent," gushed the Glenavon chief. "He has grown into the side and he is learning all the time from the likes of big Dave (Elebert) and Kris Lindsay. He is still only 18. Everyone knows that Caolan is a great young talent - and he has a big future ahead of him."