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Clingan will savour intriguing end to the season


Sammy Clingan celebrates
Sammy Clingan celebrates

By Stuart McKinley

Sammy Clingan believes that the changes in the Danske Bank Premiership's set-up are leading to an exciting climax to the season all round.

And it is one that the Glenavon midfielder is relishing being part of.

While Crusaders and Coleraine battle it out for the title, Clingan is involved in an equally intriguing fight to secure third place and a potential Europa League spot.

After grabbing a point against the Crues last week, Glenavon could have a further say in the race for the Gibson Cup when they face Coleraine on the last day of the season and with the potential for clubs to pick up a cool £400,000 if they can reach the second qualifying round of the Europa League, things are building up to an enthralling finale just behind the title tussle.

"I think that's the good thing about the split, it makes things more interesting with the top six playing each other," said Clingan.

"Every match has so much riding on it and you know you have to look after your own performances and results.

"You know teams around you are going to take points off each other. You've just got to worry about yourself in those situations."

The Mourneview Park men were three points ahead of Linfield going into the post-split fixtures, but now find themselves two points behind in the race for third and today's trip to Irish Cup finalists Cliftonville - three points behind them - is crucial.

"We knew the last five games of the season, obviously with the top six playing each other, that's what it boils down to," said ex-Northern Ireland international Clingan.

"I thought we deserved at least a point against Linfield and then we went to Crusaders and got a point that maybe wasn't expected, to keep ourselves close to Linfield.

"There's still a lot of football to be played, three big games. I know we've been on a bit of a bad run, but I think our performances over the last couple of games have been good."

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