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We're ready to rock despite poor pre-season: Glens boss

By Graham Luney

Gary Haveron has admitted Glentoran's pre-season results have been "nowhere near acceptable" but he has urged fans to look at the bigger picture.

An embarrassing 3-0 loss at home to East Belfast at The Oval on Tuesday night has spread a little panic among supporters who are already stunned by a pre-season programme which has also included a 2-1 defeat to Dundela and 2-2 draw with Rathfriland Rangers while a young Glentoran side overcame Orangefield Old Boys 5-3.

After a ninth place finish in the Danske Bank Premiership last season the fans are desperate to see signs of a revival and Haveron, whose side face Linfield in a friendly at The Oval on Saturday, believes they should keep the faith.

"The results are not acceptable but I am aware of the hard work that is happening on the training ground and the bigger picture of players not being fit or unavailable for whatever reason or playing out of position," said the Glens boss.

"People can make comments about games they weren't at but, while I know we can play a lot better, what matters is we are prepared for the Ballinamallard United game on August 12."

Haveron, meanwhile, has confirmed the Glens have made a move to sign former Cliftonville striker Rory Donnelly.

"We have made contact with Rory's agent (Gerry Carlile) and expressed an interest," he added.

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