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Kelly's now not seeing red

By Stuart McKinley

Published 15/12/2007

Paddy Kelly last night praised local football chiefs for bringing the Irish league's disciplinary system into the 21st century.

The Donegal Celtic manager saw his plans hit on a number of occasions last season because of suspensions.

This time around, however, he is a lot happier with how things have gone and he has given the credit for that to those at Windsor Avenue.

"We had a run where a couple of players were out suspended, but generally our discipline has been good this season," he said.

"I think across the league it has got better as well and the disciplinary system has been run a lot better this season.

"No longer are players being punished for the same thing over and over again or carrying point all season and we're not missing four or five players at the same time.

"I've had a settled squad most of the time and that has been much better for the club."

Celtic have struggled for form in the opening third of the season and they are only three points better off than bottom placed Larne.

Kelly is looking on the bright side though as he looks for a first home win of the season this afternoon against Ballymena United.

"We've had the same problems at home as we had last season, but we are playing a lot better which is a positive," said Kelly.

"We should have taken three points against Portadown in our last home match. We had chances to win the game and missed a penalty.

"Against teams like Portadown you have to take those opportunities because they only really had one chance in the game and Gary McCutcheon put it away."

Belfast Telegraph

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