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Glens need quality signings but we’re skint: McFall


Ronnie McFall
Ronnie McFall

By Graham Luney

Glentoran manager Ronnie McFall says a lack of funds at The Oval is hindering the club's rebuilding job.

The Glens were humbled 4-0 by Linfield in the Boxing Day derby and while McFall would love to bring in fresh talent next month, his hands are tied.

Star striker Curtis Allen started the Windsor Park clash on the bench but McFall insists the club has no desire to offload its best players.

"We want to keep our best players," he said.

"Curtis missed a game and Robbie McDaid did well up front on his own, so we stuck with it.

"There is nothing more to it than that. We went with the formation in the previous two games against Institute and Crusaders, but it didn't work this time.

"It's the same mistakes that keep happening week in, week out.

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"So the only way to fix that is to change the personnel. Unfortunately, there is no money available to bring in better players - that's for definite.

"The only way we can operate in the transfer market is to off-load players to free up some money," he said.

"It's not easy to find the right type of player at this time of the year.

"You can always get rid of players, the problem is getting replacements.

"But in our case, you can't go shopping with no money in your pocket."

Amid supporter rumblings, the Glens host champions Crusaders tomorrow, languishing eighth in the Danske Bank Premiership table, a massive 11 points off the top six with a game in hand.

And it’s been confirmed that John McGuigan has left the club.

The 25-year-old, who moved back to the Oval from Warrenpoint Town in July, 2017, stated on Twitter yesterday: “For anyone wondering it was my decision to leave Glentoran for a number of different reasons not the other way about.”

The Glens stated on their website: “John McGuigan’s contract has been cancelled and he has left the club. John’s wage, along with wages already freed up and any others freed up during the transfer window, will be made available to the manager to strengthen the playing squad.”

McGuigan played 36 games for the Glens since his return from Warrenpoint and scored seven goals.

McFall, meanwhile, must pick his troops up off the floor after that “embarrassing” defeat to Linfield.

“We were still in the game at half-time, only one goal down,” he added. “The second and third goals in quick succession killed us. It was comical defending from us.

“They (Linfield) broke away from a corner kick that we had, and the ball is in the net at the other end. Then, (Joel) Cooper was given all the freedom in the six-yard box to score the third. It was a complete embarrassment.

“Every game is a huge test for us at the minute, there are no easy matches at this present time and that’s the bottom line. We need to get three points on board, sooner rather than later.

“It will not be easy. Crusaders are on a decent run and they are now going to push to retain their league title. I’ve no doubt they’ll not be far away.”

The Glens will be without striker McDaid, who was given a straight red card in the Boxing Day debacle across town — another incident that angered the boss. “Our disciplinary record is absolutely shocking this season,” he roared.

Meanwhile, Glentoran’s clash at home to Glenavon has been selected as the next Sky Sports live Danske Bank Premiership match. The match originally scheduled to be played on February 15 will now be played on Monday, February 18 (7.45pm).

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