Belfast Telegraph

Glentoran feeding off boss Young’s passion

By Graham Luney

Scott Young has apologised to the Glentoran fans once already this season but goalkeeper Elliott Morris says the manager’s passion for the club can never be questioned.

Sometimes the former midfielder struggles to control his emotions when things don’t go according to plan but Morris understands why the Scot takes setbacks so personally.

The apology came after a defeat to Cliftonville when Young sat almost motionless on the bench as his team struggled to contain the Reds who triumphed with a last minute Ryan Catney goal.

But the Oval chief, who is one of the youngest managers in the Carling Premiership, is on a steep learning curve, getting a baptism of fire in the managerial game at one of the biggest clubs in the country where demands and expectation levels never dip.

Young wears his heart on his sleeve and he shares that insatiable appetite for silverware but he has grasped the reins at a time when the club almost went out of business.

This season, perhaps not surprisingly, has been another roller-coaster ride but a superb 1-0 win over Linfield at Windsor Park was a timely reminder of what this group of players can achieve.

While some supporters may question whether Young can revive Glentoran’s fortunes, Morris is a big fan of the fresh-faced gaffer.

“Scott just wants the best for the club and for us players,” said Morris.

“He works so hard that when things don’t go the way he thinks they should he feels disappointment and his passion is clear.

“He knows how good we are and how good we can be. When things aren’t clicking he is going to get upset. He’s just a very passionate guy and he’s never hid how much he loves the club.

“When he has apologised he knows he has done something wrong but he’s learning, as we all are, and he’s a young manager.

“He will do things wrong again but all you can do is learn from your mistakes.”

Portadown have already celebrated a Big Two double this season with league wins over Linfield and Glentoran and Morris feels Ronnie McFall’s men can sustain a title assault.

“I can see three or four teams competing for the title and the Ports are one of them,” added Morris who will face the mid-Ulster side in the third round of the IRN-BRU Cup.

“Hopefully we are too. Portadown beat us in the league this season and in the League Cup last season so we are due a win against them.

“After the last two impressive wins hopefully we can maintain that form.

“Against Carrick (6-1 win at the Oval last weekend) some of the goals where fantastic — I’m not sure whether it was all a case of us playing good stuff as Carrick had an off day but some of the movement and passing was exceptional.

“For Gary (Hamilton) to say it was some of the best play he had been involved in, then it must have been good.”

Aaron Hogg donned the goalkeeping gloves for the Glens in their 7-0 IRN-BRU Cup win over Killymoon Rangers on Tuesday night but Morris is expected to be back between the sticks for the visit of Ballymena United tomorrow.

Despite their well documented defensive woes, Roy Walker’s men can be level on points with the Glens if they win in east Belfast.

Elsewhere, Lisburn Distillery have the opportunity to leapfrog Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park with an away win tomorrow. Both sides have only won two of their eight opening matches and will be looking for improved form in the coming weeks.

In fact both sides have won two, drawn two and lost four so a draw could be on the cards!

Swifts boast the better defensive record but they were held at home by struggling Glenavon last weekend.

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