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Glentoran stars fighting for future, insists Gary Haveron

By Ian Callender

Gary Haveron has warned his Glentoran players that they are not doing enough to justify their place in the side. The Glens' league form has been poor this campaign and a lack of consistency has seen them slide down to ninth place in the Danske Bank Premiership table.

Saturday's 2-2 draw at home to Dungannon Swifts underlined their fragility and the fighting spirit which earned the east Belfast men a draw at Linfield on Boxing Day was missing.

Ahead of tonight's trip to Portadown, the Glens chief has called for more hunger from his side and with a massive Irish Cup clash at home to Linfield looming large on Saturday, this is no time for the players to doze off.

"We can't hold onto a lead," said a frustrated Haveron.

"I wanted the same effort and commitment they showed against the Blues but they never did show it. We are well short of where we need to be.

"We've had too many draws recently and too many points have been thrown away from good positions. Boys are asking for opportunities but they aren't doing enough to stay in the team and now we have to go down to Portadown and shake this off.

"The draw with Dungannon feels like a defeat."

Haveron also won't have big money to throw around in the January sales. He said: "January is a difficult month.

"Other players are under contract, buying players is not an option. Unfortunately, players are not doing enough to stay here.

"We all have to prove we can stay at a club this size and at the moment we are not doing enough."

The Ports go into the game lifted by the news of three signings as Marcio Soares, Jordan Lyttle and Shea McGerrigan bolster the Shamrock Park numbers.

Lyttle and Soares return to the club after brief spells with Crusaders while McGerrigan joins from Armagh City.

"The three boys showed a great desire in coming to this massive challenge and we are going to need that," said Ports boss Niall Currie.

"We know this transfer embargo was intended to hurt us but I'm very positive the boys that come in will be hungry to succeed and give us much needed options in this fight."

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