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Kelly's eye on killing off 'Curse of Collie'

By Alex McGreevy

Last season Donegal Celtic manager Paddy Kelly contemplated having a voodoo doll made in Colin Malone's image.

Malone, during his managerial stints with Dungannon Swifts, Armagh City and Glenavon has not conceded defeat to Kelly; an issue the Celtic boss admits he has lost sleep over as he prepares Celtic to face Glenavon tomorrow.

Last season Kelly thought he'd buried the 'Curse of Collie' when his side boasted a three-goal interval lead at Mourneview Park.

Jeered from the sidelines by Lurgan Blues fans, Malone was hailed at the end of the game after Glenavon overturned the deficit to draw 3-3.

Kelly said: "Maybe Collie has a voodoo doll of me because I have only ever experienced pain around him. We get along as best as managers do but it would mean a lot to me to finally be the one who is the happier in a post-match chat with him.

"I have never managed a team to beat any team he's been in charge of and that, personally, a heavy weight to carry around. But I did him a favour in the summer and gave him [Glenavon goalkeeper] Tuda Murphy for nothing, so maybe he'll return that favour."

Despite his need for a witch doctor, Kelly is confident Celtic can conjure up a second ? and much-needed ? league win this weekend.

"Glenavon had a good win over Larne last weekend, although they blew a three goal lead too. But there are few better places than Mourneview Park to play the game and the place suits us. I am happy with how we are playing and that makes me confident."

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