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Glentoran striker Robbie McDaid treating all transfer ‘noise’ as nothing more than media speculation


Focused: Robbie McDaid is happy to continue putting in a shift for Glentoran

Focused: Robbie McDaid is happy to continue putting in a shift for Glentoran

Focused: Robbie McDaid is happy to continue putting in a shift for Glentoran

Glentoran striker Robbie McDaid insists he’s not fazed by the transfer speculation linking him with other clubs – particularly Big Two rivals Linfield.

The 23-year-old has been instrumental in helping Mick McDermott’s boys go toe-to-toe with David Healy’s Danske Bank Premiership champions in what has developed into an intriguing title race.

McDaid was back among the goals in his team’s eye-catching win over Crusaders at Seaview on Friday night.

It was their second successful venture to north Belfast in four days because they took full points from their visit to Cliftonville the previous Monday.

Although Stephen Baxter’s side got off to the best possible start with Josh Robinson heading them into an early lead, the Glens hit back through a superb striker from Conor McMenamin before McDaid sealed the deal – all after the home team had debutant midfielder Jude Winchester rather harshly for a challenge on Joe Crowe.

On his future, McDaid said: “It’s just noise... it’s for the media to talk about, it’s all speculation and nothing to do with me.

“I’m just focused in putting in a shift and helping Glentoran take three points in every game. Beyond that, it’s just noise from outside. I simply focus on myself and the team.

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“There is a lot of games up ahead. The gaffer has built a squad of 25 or 26 top, top pros. We know we will have to call on the group at some time, it’s a squad game.

“There’ll be boys sitting in the stand one week, but could start the next. That’s just the nature of football. I’m sure everyone will get a run at some stage, but for the guys in the team, it’s up to us the keep the shirt on our back and be in the team from week to week.”

The win was achieved without the Donnelly brothers – Jay and Ruaidhri – whose mother tragically passed away the day before the game.

McDaid added: “Jay and Ruaidhri have been excellent. First and foremost, I want to wish the Donnelly family my condolences. It’s a very tough time for them.

“They turned up at Solitude and put in a great shift against Cliftonville when many others may not have. Credit to them.

“Obviously, Jay has been our talisman up front with the goals he’s been scoring, but we’ve proved that goals can come anywhere in this team.

“We now have another massive game against Coleraine on Tuesday night. Every game from here on in will be like a cup final.

“The League table is now starting to take a bit of shape, we are in the mix, it’s all about keep going game by game.”

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