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Donegal Celtic v Glenavon: Rejuvenated Hamilton has Quinn looking up

Gary Hamilton is glittering again — and the man most happy about that is Glenavon manager Marty Quinn.

It’s no coincidence that the Mourneview Park men’s fortunes have greatly improved since Hamilton came into the team.

They hadn’t won since the end of August before the former Northern Ireland international — on-loan from Glentoran — came into the team.

Hamilton has a tally of seven goals, which have been scored in six successive games and Glenavon went through November collecting 10 points out of 12.

“We’ve stuck to our task and turned things around. We’ve had a little bit of luck along the way — which we hadn’t been getting before — and we’ve taken advantage of it,” said Quinn.

“We’d hit a bad run, but I never doubted the players because I know that on paper we’ve some excellent players.

“A lot of it is down to Gary Hamilton’s goals. They’ve been very important and some of his goals have been crucial.

“When we go out onto the pitch the players now have a confidence that they can win games because they’ve someone of Gary’s quality to put chances away.

“We’ve a lot of young players in the team and Gary has been great with them, he’s a very encouraging influence.”

Glenavon’s trip to Donegal Celtic, which was postponed last Saturday, has been rearranged for tomorrow, but Quinn is expecting the current weather conditions to hand him another weekend off.

“I don’t expect to have a match on Saturday,” said Quinn.

“We had to move our training on Thursday night into Bodyworks Gym in Lurgan because even the 3G and 4G pitches are out of use because of ice.”

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