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Reds manager Breslin hopes McCarron can strike it hot

By Graham Luney

Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin said he had to move for striker Sean McCarron to stop the north Belfast club being ripped apart by injuries and suspensions.

Squad depths are being exposed as winter rages and the Reds suffered a huge blow when Stephen Garrett sustained a bad knee injury in the Co Antrim Shield win over Ards.

With Marc Smyth and Chris Curran also spending time in the treatment room, Breslin fears the casualty list will grow but the arrival of McCarron in January will bolster his attacking options.

The 23-year-old former Institute, Derry City and Finn Harps striker, who was out of contract at Finn Park, will be eligible to make his Reds debut when the next registration window opens in January. Breslin said: "I was always planning to have a fourth striker and with Stevie out we really needed to strengthen our options in attack.

"Injuries and suspensions will kick in and we need to have cover.

"Sean is a goalscorer and someone who we looked at in the summer. He's got pace, great technical ability and so much potential.

"He's also the right age with the best to come from him. He's a useful addition to the ranks and of course Tomas Cosgrove was injured too so we need to keep the squad numbers up.

"Poor Stephen (Garrett) has had a terrible time with injuries and it was a very unfortunate incident against Ards which has put him out again. Coleraine's Ruairi Harkin is another player we have been interested in but a few clubs are talking to him and we'll have to see how that develops."

The Reds host Institute this afternoon and are ready to unleash some anger after losing 2-0 at Coleraine last weekend.

"We are just halfway through the league season and there's over 50 points to play for so we'll keep things in perspective," added Breslin. "That was just one afternoon when we couldn't buy a goal.

"Coleraine deserve credit and their goalkeeper (Michael Doherty) pulled off several unbelievable saves."

Legends from Glenavon's glory days will be at Mourneview Park today to help launch a much anticipated book about the club's history.

'Glenavon Football Club: 125 Years', an updated version of the late Malcolm Brodie's book issued to celebrate the club's centenary in 1989, is proving hugely popular among supporters.

Sammy Wilson, Jackie Hughes, Denis Guy, Paul Byrne, Geoff Ferris, Mark Glendinning and Tony Grant will join with members of the current squad to sign copies of the book for fans at the launch at 1pm before the Coleraine game.

The hardback edition is now sold out but there are paperback copies available.

Linfield are weighing up an audacious bid to bring Northern Ireland international Grant McCann to the Danske Bank Premiership. Blues boss Warren Feeney wants his old international comrade to leave League One side Peterborough United and commit to the Linfield cause.

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