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McDermott in showdown talks with Murray on his Glens future

Mick McDermott
Mick McDermott

By Steven Beacom

Glentoran manager Mick McDermott and striker Darren Murray will meet tomorrow to discuss the player's absence from the Irish Cup fifth round tie against Portadown on Saturday.

It is understood that Murray, who has become a favourite with the Glentoran fans, was in line for a starting spot for The Oval clash with Ports but did not show up at the east Belfast venue.

After the Glens had won on penalties, McDermott revealed that Murray had failed to appear for the tie despite being in the squad.

The former Cliftonville, Crusaders and Warrenpoint ace said on Sunday that he had informed The Oval boss he would be in Liverpool over the weekend.

McDermott, along with assistant Paul Millar, is planning talks with the gifted forward and will address the issue tomorrow.

"Darren will have the chance to explain his side of things to the management team and then we will take it from there," said McDermott, whose team are on a sensational run of form that has taken them three points away from top spot and into the last 16 of the Irish Cup.

Meanwhile, Linfield striker Michael O'Connor is set to join League of Ireland Waterford on loan to the end of the season.

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O'Connor was a key figure for the Blues in last season's title success but joined Waterford on loan in July with Bastien Hery coming the other way.

Glentoran were interested in snapping the front man up, putting in a bid of £10,000, but it appears the Irish League champions have now agreed another switch with Waterford.

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