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Salley tips Blues to keep the heat on champions

Danske Bank Premiership

By Graham Luney

Adam Salley says he would love a shot at Linfield today just to remind Blues boss David Healy of his finishing power.

The 19-year-old cannot feature at the Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena as part of his loan agreement from the Windsor Park side to Carrick. However, he does believe Healy's men can hunt down champions Crusaders and win the title this season.

Salley, who also made 18 appearances for the Amber Army while on loan during the second half of the 2015-16 season, is committed to the Rangers' survival mission while keeping one eye on the Blues' title charge.

"The agreement will be the same as last season and I can't play which is unfortunate for me as you want to remind the manager (David Healy) of what I'm capable of," said Salley, who netted against Ballyclare Comrades in the 2-0 League Cup victory.

"David does believe in me and he recognises my ability but he wants me to keep showing it and I can't fault him for that.

"I'm like any player in the sense that I want to play every week and if I was at Linfield I might get 10 minutes here or there as a substitute.

"The chances of impressing then are slim because you want to play well and score goals. The more you are playing the more consistency you can have in your game so hopefully I can perform well for Carrick.

"We've produced a few disappointing performances but if we can cut out the silly mistakes we'd be flying."

The Banbridge ace has also tipped his good pal, flying Crusaders winger and newly crowned Player of the Month for August Gavin Whyte, to be snapped up by a cross-channel club in the near future.

"Gavin has been flying this season and I'm delighted for him," added the teenage starlet.

"I don't think anyone would be surprised if a bigger club came in for him, he deserves it.

"I got to know him well after we played together for the Northern Ireland schoolboys team in the Centenary Shield.

"The progress he is making is fantastic. I'd also love to make it in the professional game and you just have to keep your head down, work hard and then something could happen."

Today's clash is an all ticket affair for health and safety reasons.

• Linfield's league game at Solitude which was postponed on Saturday, September 3, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 18 (7.45pm kick-off).

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