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Kilmarnock move off, but Hamilton must fight for his Glentoran place

By Chris Holt

Glentoran boss Scott Young says Gary Hamilton will remain part of his future plans if a move away from the club doesn’t materialise.

Hamilton had been on trial with Kilmarnock last week but the SPL side have stated they will now look down other avenues for a striker.

The former international watched from the stands on Saturday as as in-form forwards Daryl Fordyce and Andy Waterworth made it two wins from two games for the east Belfast men with victory over Coleraine at the Oval.

The striker had been struggling with a groin problem in recent weeks but declared himself fit to play on Saturday.

However Young, understandably, chose to stick by the squad that had beaten Lisburn Distillery 6-1 on the opening day and says that Hamilton must get fit before he can get back into the team.

“Gary was fit to play, he was fit to be in the squad”, admitted Young. “But Gary has trained three times since the Dundee United game so his fitness levels are not where I want them to be so he is going to have to get up to that level before he is able to get back into the team.

“Gary went to Kilmarnock during the week, but it's not happening.

“They have to get a player in in the next five to six days and they wanted to bring Gary back over next week to have a look at him but the timeframe doesn't work so they will be looking elsewhere.”

He added: “Gary’s part of the squad and an important part of Glentoran Football Club. Every player in the squad is here and are available for selection and Gary is no different.”

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