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Glentoran will only add to squad if 'genuine quality' is available, says Haveron


By Adrian Rutherford

Gary Haveron is ready to open the cheque book to strengthen Glentoran's squad in the January transfer window.

It has been another season of frustration for the east Belfast club, who start 2018 in seventh spot in the Premiership table.

The Glens are unbeaten in three going into tonight's home clash against 10th-placed Warrenpoint.

And with the transfer window reopening, Haveron plans to invest in a bid to push up the table.

"Like every club we will see what we can do to strengthen the squad," he said. "What we don't need is more squad players, what we need is genuine quality.

"We're looking for players who will come into the squad and strengthen us. If it's possible to do that in January, I'm not sure, but we'll certainly be looking."

Haveron believes the return of key players will help.

William Garrett has recently made his comeback after nearly two years out, while John McGuigan is also close to returning.

"Willie Garrett coming back is like a new signing," he added. We'll get John McGuigan back within the next week or so and again he will be like a new player for us.

"He started like a house on fire the first month or two of the season and we haven't had him for the last three months - he's a big, big player for this club."

Few managers are a fan of the January window, when the short transfer period often leads to panic buying.

Haveron added: "It's difficult. Players that you want maybe aren't available because clubs don't want to let them go in January.

"Are you better going for what's available than holding out for what you really want? Also, if we want to bring people in we maybe need one to go out. You've got to balance the size of the squad. But if we can bring in players that will strengthen us, that's what we will do."

Haveron is expecting a tough encounter tonight against Matthew Tipton's side.

"They got another draw on Saturday (3-3 against Ards) and are a very difficult side to play against," he added. "They are growing in confidence and we're expecting a difficult game."

Glentoran have doubts over the fitness of James Knowles, plus Corey McMullan and Robbie McDaid, who started Saturday's 0-0 draw at Dungannon as substitutes but, unusually, had to be substituted themselves because of injury.

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