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Haveron keen on home comforts

By Stuart McKinley

Carrick Rangers' battle with Crusaders this weekend will only go ahead at their Taylors Avenue home.

Rangers boss Gary Haveron isn't prepared to surrender home advantage to the Crues for the Danske Bank Premiership clash, but he concedes that when it comes to their County Antrim Shield semi-final against Linfield, he may have no choice.

The Taylors Avenue pitch hasn't been fit to host a fixture since the end of October, leaving Carrick without a home match, or any income through the turnstiles, for five weeks.

"I'm not sure about the possibility of switching the Crusaders game. We are due to play them at home twice and we've already been to Seaview," said Haveron.

"We wouldn't want to give up any advantage and Crusaders are formidable at home, no matter who they are up against.

"We are hopeful that if it stays dry the pitch will be playable, but if the match was midweek it would be a major doubt."

Carrick's Shield semi date with the Blues was postponed last week and rearranged for next Tuesday, but even if the Crusaders game does go ahead the meeting with Linfield is already in the balance.

"We have had a lot of hard working volunteers doing everything they can to help us give the pitch every chance of recovering," said Haveron.

"There is a chance that the Shield semi-final will get switched, but going to Windsor Park won't hold any fears for us.

"I would expect a decision on that to be made before the weekend."

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