Mick McDermott has used Seanan Clucas and Joe Crowe as examples of the positive mentality across the squad at Glentoran ahead of today’s trip to Carrick Rangers.
The Glens have the best panel in the Irish League and also the biggest, which means many players who would be considered first-team regulars elsewhere miss out on game day.
Often that can lead to a mixture of resentment and apathy, but Oval boss McDermott insists those who don’t feature as much as they would like have been working as hard as those who do.
“It is difficult for some players to get in whenever everyone is healthy and available but, as you saw in our last game, the bench was the only six players we had available.
“It is important to have a healthy squad and a big and talented squad. As I say to the players, we are depleted but not weakened,” stated McDermott, whose side have won their last five league games and moved up to third in the table.
“That’s a credit to the way the other players who haven’t played so much take care of themselves, train hard when they are not playing, do extra training when they are not playing and train after games when they were subs because that’s important.
“Seanan Clucas is the perfect example.
“He didn’t play in a long time, stepped up, played probably the last four or five games in a row and has been exceptional.
“Joe Crowe was the same. He was knocking on the door to play and stepped in and eventually got his chance and played really well.
“It’s important to have that in the squad and we do at the moment.”
McDermott, joined by full-back Bobby Burns, was speaking on Glentoran’s YouTube channel yesterday.
Prior to the interviews, The Oval outfit proudly claimed they were the first team in the Irish League to do “pre-match press conferences”.
The Glens should be commended for this type of engagement with their supporters, though calling it a ‘press conference’ might be a bit much as no press were actually there to ask questions.
Carrick will hope to pose some problems for the Glens this afternoon, though the visitors are odds-on to record another victory and continue their fine run of form.
McDermott’s team won 2-0 at Carrick in October, which included a wonder strike from the impressive Conor McMenamin.
“We played there a few weeks ago and they created some chances and we took ours and got out of there with three points so we know we have to perform to the top of our game if we want to get the win,” added the Glens boss.