Haveron says double swoop during transfer window will pay rich dividends
Glentoran boss Gary Haveron reckons he pulled off a crafty piece of business before the close of the January transfer window by snapping up midfield pair Alex O'Hanlon and Peter McMahon.
Both players have enjoyed a great start, helping the Glens to an Irish Cup win at Ballyclare Comrades before claiming a rare home win against Ballinamallard United in midweek - only their second victory in five months in front of the long-suffering East Belfast fans.
With Glentoran due to make the short trip across town to face Danske Bank Premiership table-topping Crusaders today, Haveron is demanding more of the same.
O'Hanlon still had one year on his contract with St Pat's Athletic remaining, but was cancelled by mutual consent, while McMahon was released by Dungannon Swifts.
"Alex is still a bit rusty because hasn't played that much football over the past few months," said Haveron.
"But he's showed enough in the 85 minutes he got against Ballinamallard and the 90 away at Ballyclare Comrades to suggest he'll be an asset for us - he showed some really good touches.
"The more games he gets, the better he'll become. But he showed some touches of real quality.
"It was the same with Peter. He had a few digs a goal that were way off the mark in midweek, but he wasn't a bit shy in taking them on.
"You see the quality of the goal he scored for Dungannon Swifts in the League cup final semi- final against Crusaders. It was a great strike, so he is more than capable of doing that sort of thing.
"I'll not criticise him for that ... I don't discourage him. I want him to go and express himself in the final third of the pitch. If he's got that kind of confidence to try with either foot, so why not?"
• Linfield players Mark Stafford, Chris Casement, Kirk Millar and Stephen Fallon have agreed contract extensions.
Stafford has agreed a one-year extension while Casement and Millar have signed up to two further years and Fallon three.
Young goalkeeper Alex Moore has been awarded his first senior professional contract which will run until the end of the 2019/20 season.