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Glentoran still waiting for Boyd clearance

By Keith Bailie

Glentoran are still waiting on new striker Aaron Boyd's international clearance.

The former Linfield and Coleraine forward signed for the east Belfast club almost a fortnight ago, but as of yet the Glens haven't been given the green light to play the talented 22-year-old.

After leaving Lisburn Distillery in the summer Boyd spent his summer months playing for Forest City London in Ontario, Canada, where he scored 11 goals in 14 games.

Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson joked: "We can't blame anybody on this side of the Atlantic on this occasion."

Boyd has already signed for the league leaders but the Irish FA must receive his international clearance from the Canadian Soccer Association before the Glens can play the Newtownards-born forward. The process normally only takes a number of days, but the Glens have had to remain patient.

Patterson explained: "We are hoping that Aaron will get his clearance within the next few days. I was annoyed about it on Saturday, but I've talked to the IFA and they've explained to me that they've done everything they can do.

"It's just a matter now of waiting for the Canadian FA to get back to us. We've done everything we can at our end, so it's just a case of sitting tight and waiting on his clearance coming through from Canada."

Glentoran went top on Tuesday night when the beat Premiership new boys Ards 5-0 at The Oval thanks to goals from David Scullion, Calum Birney, Richard Clarke, Jordan Hughes and Niall Henderson.

Reflecting on the comprehensive win, Patterson said: "Against Ards we had to step up to the mark from a work rate point of view. Ards put it up to us for much of the game, but we changed our shape and dominated the majority of the second half and I was delighted with the performance."

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