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Glentoran trip a free hit for Carrick, insists Currie


All good: Niall Currie is happy with how Carrick are doing

All good: Niall Currie is happy with how Carrick are doing

All good: Niall Currie is happy with how Carrick are doing

Carrick Rangers boss Niall Currie says his men have nothing to lose when they face Glentoran at The Oval tonight.

The big-spending Glens will be hot favourites to bounce back to winning ways after last week's defeat by Coleraine, with Currie unsure as to which of Mick McDermott's array of striking riches he may be up against.

Lithuanian international Deivydas Matulevicius has joined Andrew Mitchell and Ruaidhri Donnelly in the arrivals lounge in Mersey Street, while Robbie McDaid is another striker in hot form who will be keen to keep McDermott's men in the hunt for the title.

"We approach them with a free spirit, something similar to Ballymena last week. We shouldn't be winning that game, it's as simple as that," said Currie.

"I don't know where they're going to play them all. They've got Andy Mitchell who they've signed from Glenavon, the Lithuanian international, Robbie McDaid; unless they're going to play strikers playing wide of a three.

"We've got Darren Murray at the minute so I don't know what they're going to do.

"They're obviously thinking ahead with Seanan Clucas coming in and I think they realise they have a massive chance of winning the league this year. It is perfect timing for if I was in the same situation I'd be looking to my chairman to strengthen and see if we can get over that line.

"It is going to be an angry Glens on Friday night, but for me it's a free hit. We'll go down, we want to give a good account of ourselves and see if we can frustrate them.

"I'm a realist, the Glens should be beating us, but you never know. The beauty of football is that you can go to Glentoran with some kind of hope.

"If we perform at the level we showed last week, show the hunger and desire, we'll make it hard enough."

As for Carrick, they are also having a season to remember, sitting in a healthy eighth position in the table when most pundits backed them to struggle.

Last week's win at Ballymena was particularly pleasing for Currie as it put five points between them and the Sky Blues, and now they have Glenavon in their sights.

Indeed, a win tonight would see them go ahead of Gary Hamilton's men on goal difference and Currie wants to look ahead rather than behind him.

"The whole thing that we've tried to get across to the players is that we're not going to limp over the line to safety," he added. "I don't want that because if we're limping over the line there's going to be changes next season. We want to get better and I think I've rammed that right down their throats.

"It's nothing the players don't deserve. The players have turned up and given performances like that for most of the season and not let themselves down often.

"To me, football is about players, it's not about managers. I try to help them, I try to guide them, but where do you get that kind of honesty? It's very hard to get.

"Thankfully we've got a good team around us, good guys around me. They're not just good footballers, they're good people and honest people and that's all I want in my changing room."

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