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Glentoran unveil kits as Redman says Detroit trip is an 'honour'

By Gareth Hanna

Glentoran have unveiled the kits they will take on their 50th anniversary trip to Detroit this weekend and full-back Ross Redman reckons it's an 'honour' to be involved.

Fourteen Glens players travelled and combined with four guests to represent the city of Detroit in 1967 as the Detroit Cougars. They played a tournament that would prove a precursor for professional football in the USA.

Come 4.45am on Thursday morning, the current crop will set off from the Oval to follow in the footsteps of a squad of legends.

"I didn't know much about it at the start but the club took us all through everything about the trip and we met the likes of Billy Sinclair and Tommy Jackson who played for the Cougars and talked to us about how it all started," said current full-back Ross Redman.

"It was a momentous occasion and that Glentoran team was outstanding - they had played against Benfica and teams like that.

"Some of the younger lads didn't appreciate the level of it all but we all know now that it's an honour to go and represent Glentoran and Northern Ireland in a match like this."

The Glens will take on Detroit City FC on Saturday amid a five day trip but, as Redman reiterates, it is being treated as far from an end of season jolly.

"We've been training right up to it," he said. "We know how much this means to the Glentoran fans and to the club. We're going over there as strong as we can be and we're going over to win the game."

Glentoran finished last season ninth in the league table but, with signings John McGuigan, Corey McMullan and Daniel Kelly joining up with their new team-mates for the trip, Redman is hoping it can be the start of a brighter 2017/18 campaign.

He said: "Everyone knows that we underperformed last season for a club of this size but the manager has got transfer business done early and some of the new lads are on the trip so it will be good to get to know each other.

"We lacked energy and pace and hopefully these young guys coming in can give us that and help with the goal-scoring to give us leads that we as a defence can hold on to."

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