Ards manager Colin Nixon is not thinking about Niall Currie’s return to his old club today.
Currie’s Carrick Rangers face Ards at the Bangor Fuels Arena in the fifth round of the Tennent’s Irish Cup. Currie, a popular figure at Ards, lead the club to two promotions in five years.
Nixon, however, is fully focused on ensuring Ards are in the hat for the sixth round draw.
“It’s going to be a really difficult game for us because Carrick have been in fantastic form in recent weeks,” says Nixon.
“We have a lot of respect for what Carrick have achieved, but we have to focus on our own game.
“We need to believe in what we’re doing as a team. We had a great result away to Dungannon and we performed very well in the first half against Linfield. We were also unlucky at Institute on Boxing Day. If we can reproduce that level of performance then we will do well.
“Although we are bottom of the league, I think we have reasons to be positive.”
Nixon has added to new players to his squad, signing winger Brendan Bennett from Knockbreda and defender Daryl Evans from Rathfriland Rangers.
Bennett will make his debut against Carrick today, however, Evans is cup-tied.
Nixon said: “We’re working on a small budget, so we have to find bargains and look to the lower leagues to find players. But I believe I have signed two good players in Brendan and Daryl.
“Brendan will give us cover on the wings following Jonny Frazer’s departure.
“I tried to sign Daryl in the summer, so I’m delighted to finally get him. We are light on defenders following Dave Elebert’s retirement so he will give us another option.
“We are still working towards bringing another striker to the club.”
On New Year’s Day, Ards lost 2-0 to Linfield with Jimmy Callacher scoring twice. The Red & Blues are currently two points adrift at the bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership.