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Wing wizards tipped to cast spell on Glens

By Stuart McKinley

Wing wizards Gavin Whyte and Paul Heatley are just as much fun to play with as they are to watch, according to their Crusaders team-mate Craig McClean.

And the full-back is hoping that their pace, guile and trickery will propel the Crues into the Irish Cup final and make up for the disappointment of semi-final defeat 12 months ago.

Whyte has made a blistering start to his Irish League career, with his performances attracting the attention of a number of cross-channel scouts, while Heatley is playing better than ever.

"In my opinion they are the best two wingers in the league and Paul Heatley, in my opinion, is the best player in the league," said McClean.

"When games are tight we have those two who can produce a bit of magic.

"Gavin is like a young Paul Heatley as such. They are exciting to watch and exciting to play with and hopefully they can help take us to the final."

While the overall focus at Seaview is on winning the league title, beating Glentoran in tomorrow's Irish Cup semi-final is the current priority.

"We want to get to a final and we want to win the Cup," said McClean.

"It's the biggest day in the local calendar and everyone wants to be involved in it. We want to play in it and we want to win it."

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