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Paul Kee insists Stute won't be sunk without Stephen O'Flynn


Changes: Paul Kee expects to lose Stephen O’Flynn

Changes: Paul Kee expects to lose Stephen O’Flynn

Changes: Paul Kee expects to lose Stephen O’Flynn

Paul Kee has no doubt that there will be life after Stephen O'Flynn for Institute - because his players have already proved that they can cope without the much wanted striker.

Though Linfield are believed to have cooled their interest in the former Derry City ace, Glentoran remain among a host of clubs interested in securing the services of the man whose goals fired Stute into the Premiership last season and who leads their goalscoring charts this term, with nine in the league.

"With no disrespect to Stephen O'Flynn, he hasn't started the last two games and we've played well without him," said Kee, who takes his team to Glenavon tonight.

"That's not taking away from the fact that he made a significant impact when he came on against Crusaders last week, but we are planning without him.

"Stephen is 32, he's nearing the end of his career and playing for Institute has raised his profile.

"Playing football is all that he's ever done and he wants one more more crack at playing for a big club and try to win things.

"The one thing that we have going in the favour of our young players who are the future of the club is that they now have half a season of Premiership experience behind them and that will stand them in good stead."

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Kee has already lined up a number of potential targets as he tries to bolster his attacking options for the months ahead, as he looks to steer clear of a scary relegation battle.

"I have spoken to a couple of players and there are players who are in Premiership teams at the minute or on the periphery of Premiership teams who I believe could come to us and have an impact," said Kee.

"This season is all about consolidating for us and the commitment of the players has been excellent. We obviously need some points on the board and I expect the second half of the season to be better than the first."

O'Flynn may not be the only player involved in tonight's game to be make a move in the new year.

Norwich City have been alerted to the progress of Glenavon's Rhys Marshall and they will have a scout at Mourneview Park this evening.

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