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Confident: Seanan Clucas believes Glentoran have what it takes to win the league

Confident: Seanan Clucas believes Glentoran have what it takes to win the league

On a roll: Glentoran boss Mick McDermott wants to keep the momentum going. Credit: Pacemaker Press

On a roll: Glentoran boss Mick McDermott wants to keep the momentum going. Credit: Pacemaker Press

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Confident: Seanan Clucas believes Glentoran have what it takes to win the league

Glentoran midfielder Seanan Clucas says he’s quietly confident the east Belfast side can bring the Gibson Cup back to The Oval for the first time since 2009.

The resurgent Glens sit level on points with champions Linfield ahead of the blockbuster festive showdown at Windsor Park today.

If Mick McDermott’s men can topple the Blues on their own patch, it would deliver a powerful psychological blow.

As far as former Dungannon Swifts ace Clucas is concerned, a runner-up finish for the Glens this season would represent failure.

Second place is worth nothing to a midfield enforcer who has come to the east Belfast giants to win the big prizes.

“To be honest, I feel we can go on and win this trophy,” insisted Clucas.

“That’s definitely the aim and the goal and it has been since the start of the season. Anything below that will be a failure in my eyes and probably the team’s. We’ve now got the squad to do it. We feel like we are in a really good run of form and hopefully we can.

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“There’s been money spent and it’s down to the players to deliver.

“There should be pressure from the fans. We are a full-time side with a lot of the best players in the league so we should thrive under the pressure.

“I’m very confident we will be challenging for the title and that’s our goal. Second place is not good enough for me. It will be disheartening if we finish runner-up. I want to win the league and Irish Cup.

“Linfield are champions but you can’t rule anyone else out. Cliftonville are a point behind and a fantastic team. Our goal is to bring the Gibson home and that’s our No.1 goal.

“I joined Glentoran to win medals and that’s my dream. There’s a long way to go but fingers crossed we can do it.”

There have been so many outstanding individual performances for the Glens this season and Clucas has won praise for his trademark energetic and no-nonsense displays in the middle.

When asked if he felt he was playing the best football of his career, a modest Clucas replied: “I always felt I was doing my best, including at Dungannon. No disrespect to the Swifts but I’m playing with better players and the boys I’m playing with make it easy for me.

“They make me look better. We are in a good environment with a talented squad and we are fighting at the top of the league so you can’t afford to rock into training with just a 70% commitment level. You have to be 100% focused all the time.”

As for the Big Two contest this afternoon, it feels that much more than just three points are on the line.

The 29-year-old added: “Football is a fickle game. At the start of the season we were leaking goals but we had confidence in the squad, Mick, Windy (Paul Millar), Rod (McAree) and Kieran (Harding).

“I knew we would click and it’s about keeping that form going to sustain a challenge.

“We are buzzing for the game. It’s not just another match, it’s a big derby and our biggest game of the season but all matches are important.”


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