Glentoran boss Scott Young has hailed the impact of midfielder Ciaran Martyn and has promised fans there is more to come from the former Derry City star.
Martyn struck his second goal in consecutive games on Tuesday night in the comfortable 4-2 Co Antrim Shield success over Lisburn Distillery, following on from finding the winner against Glenavon at the weekend.
It was during Derry City’s superb 2006 season which included that run in Europe when they saw off Gothenburg and Gretna before losing narrowly to Paris St Germain that the 30-year-old last consistently played the central role in a 4-3-3 formation.
Glenmen need only ask any fan of the Candystripes just how important the rangy middleman was to them in that season and in many others.
And while the Glens have yet to really see the best of Martyn, there are signs that he is growing into life in east Belfast and Young feels he will continue to be a crucial figure as the season progresses.
“There was one move in the first half (on Tuesday night), down the left hand side, it was lovely football and Johnny Black dinked a wee ball in and Ciaran just failed to get on the end of it,” said Young.
“OK, it didn’t quite work that time but that’s the sort of thing that we will expect to see more of from Ciaran, making those late runs into the box to great effect.
“It is something that he needs to work on because being the point-man in a 4-3-3 system that’s what we want from him.
“But I am delighted with what we are getting from big Ciaran at the minute. He scored on Saturday and then again against Distillery and I can see him coming up with some very important goals for us.”
Meanwhile, Glens striker Daryl Fordyce has been awarded the season’s first Carling Player of the Month award.
Fordyce has been a revelation since taking up a position up front and during the month of August scored an incredible eight goals including five on the opening day.