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Glentoran v Linfield: TV hype doesn’t make it any bigger, says Callacher

Jimmy Callacher claims that it is impossible for a Big Two battle to be any bigger than it already is.

The eyes of the world will be on Glentoran and Linfield tonight as they face each other at the Oval under the glare of the Sky Sports cameras.

And while being on live television across the UK — with fans further afield also able to access the coverage — means more people will watch the game, Callacher insists that the occasion will be just as intense as always.

“There is more hype around this game because it’s on Sky, but when the Big Two play everyone in Northern Ireland knows about it and knows it’s a big game,” said Callacher.

“Linfield are a good team and once again they are the pace setters in the league, but they lost their last game and we know they’ll be looking for a reaction.

“We’ve hit a run of good form ourselves and we’ve beaten one of the teams at the top of the table, Portadown, last week.

“There’s a bit of confidence about the team and while we’re not thinking about a title challenge at the minute, if we can beat Linfield we’ll be five points behind them and at this stage of the season that’s nothing.”

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Callacher will find himself cast in a different role in tonight’s screen play. Switched from his usual midfield berth to a centre-defensive position in recent weeks, the 20-year-old has slotted in really well beside Colin Nixon.

“The manager called me in and asked me to play at centre-half, which was a surprise because I haven’t played there since I was at school. I told him I’d be happy to play anywhere to help the team,” Callagher said.

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