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Novo hungry to be Boxing Day hero for the Glens at Windsor

By Graham Luney

Nacho Novo has admitted his spell at Glentoran hasn’t been a roaring success but he’s hungry to hurt Linfield in today’s Boxing Day battle at Windsor Park (3pm).

The Blues are five points behind Premiership leaders Crusaders and need a victory to maintain their title chase but former Rangers favourite Novo believes the Glens can give them a festive shock.

“I look forward to every single game I am fit to play in and this is one of the biggest,” said Novo.

“I’ve worked hard on my fitness and I am much fitter now, ready to perform.

“No game is easy and this one is particularly tough but we will go into it confident we can get a good result. I wasn’t fit after joining Glentoran and not enjoying it as much but I’ve been working hard to get the weight off and get my fitness levels up.

“I want to play in this massive game and this team can reward our supporters who will turn up in big numbers.”

The Boxing Day fixtures always attract bumper crowds and there is a tense title showdown at Solitude, where champions Crusaders will take on Cliftonville.

Stephen Baxter’s men also host Linfield on Saturday in a thrilling finish to the year and Crues defender Howard Beverland says his side must show their title mettle.

“These next two games are huge for us, Cliftonville and then Linfield, they don’t come tougher and if we want to be champions we know we have to deliver,” said the former Coleraine skipper.

“We cannot get caught up in the occasion

“We just have to do our jobs as professionally as we can.”

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