Belfast Telegraph

Goal machine Patterson is off to the Oval this week

Rory Patterson will journey to the Oval this week.

But the 25-year-old striking sensation, who has pledged his future to Glentoran, will still be in Coleraine colours.

He might have been making his Glens debut in Saturday’s clash with Crusaders but hot shot Patterson is still expecting to be bidding for a final spot in the Co-operative Insurance Cup with Coleraine when they take on Dungannon Swifts at the east Belfast venue.

Patterson, a weekend hat-trick hero for Coleraine against Glentoran, is resigned to lining out with the Bannsiders in Wednesday's second semi-final.

"Unless there is a last minute agreement between Coleraine and the Glens it looks like I am staying with Coleraine for now and that means I am concentrating on the Swifts game," he said last night.

"Things are what they are. I don't get involved in the behind the scenes stuff. I just go out and play football.

"I am concentrating on the semi-final. It would be nice to get into a final in my first season here.

"We are playing good football and are a confident young team. We enjoy going forward. If we have a weakness it might be that we attack too much!

"The team is gelling well and we are all excited about being in the semi-final."

Meanwhile, Coleraine manager David Platt said last night that he could not see Patterson joining the Glens before the transfer window closes today.

"We have identified players we would take in return for Rory but Glentoran have told us that is not possible."

Glens boss Alan McDonald admits his club is not in a position to pay a fee for the 26-goal striker.

He said: "Things are very tight for us on the financial front. We don't have money to splash out.

"The players Coleraine asked us about did not want to go out on loan."

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