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It's no go for Morgo

Published 09/12/2006

Glentoran manager Paul Millar won't allow Chris Morgan to leave the Oval during the January transfer window
Glentoran manager Paul Millar won't allow Chris Morgan to leave the Oval during the January transfer window

Paul Millar last night warned rival managers that they are wasting their time in trying to pick their way through his squad during the January transfer window. The Glentoran boss is planning to keep everyone on-board at the Oval for the second-half of the season.

Indeed rather than letting anyone go, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal that Millar is currently chasing two players - one a midfielder - ahead of the transfer embargo being lifted in the New Year.

Already Ballymena United, Cliftonville and Glenavon have made enquiries about Chris Morgan, with the Lurgan Blues also making known their interest in Peter McCann and Gary Browne, but they - like anyone else who asks - have been turned down.

Those three have been regulars on the bench this season as the Glentoran team has changed very little during the course of the campaign so far, but despite their lack of action, it looks very much like they will be staying at the Oval.

"Last Saturday for the CIS Cup final we were allowed five players on the bench and other than the 16 who were involved, the only fit player we had was young BJ McMenamin," said Millar.

"I don't want to get into the same situation as last season when the injuries pilled up and we were very short on numbers at times.

"There were some games we went into without a fit left-footed player available to me. In the Setanta Cup we had players on the bench who weren't fully fit and if we picked up injuries on the Saturday we were really struggling for games on the Monday or Tuesday night.

"In the summer I wanted to build a good squad and having done that I don't want to break it up halfway through the season, even if there are players who haven't been involved a lot.

"If someone isn't happy then that is different, but I haven't got that impression from anyone.

"The Setanta Cup will be coming up very soon and we will need a strong squad for that, with matches coming thick and fast."

Before that though the Glens face their toughest run of games so far over the next few weeks, starting with today's trip to Crusaders for a first v second battle.

A win for the Glens would take them at least four points clear at the top, but victory for the Crues would see them hit the front, by just a single point.

It is the biggest league game of the season so far, but whatever happens today the league table is sure to be shaken up a few times between now and the end of the Christmas and New Year period, which often separates the challengers from the also-rans in terms of the title race.

Belfast Telegraph

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