Shiels is eager to leave Curtis' disciplinary breach in past
Ronan Curtis is expected to go straight back into the Derry City squad for tomorrow's visit of Limerick to Maginn Park, with Kenny Shiels insisting last week's exclusion for disciplinary reasons is now history.
The Derry youngster was left out of the squad completely for the 2-0 win over Finn Harps in Ballybofey, despite being the most in-form player in the team with five goals in his last seven games.
That did not faze Shiels, who is determined that Curtis will become the best player he can be under his watch. The manager is now hoping the 21-year-old can help fire the Candystripes to their third consecutive league victory.
"Ronan is a good lad and it's up to me to manage him in a way in which we get the best out of him," he explained. "He has been brilliant, he has been our best player this season. But it's history now.
"It wasn't a major indiscipline, but it was one which breaches what we do, and I have to make sure what's best for Ronan. I think he will have learned from this."
Derry have beaten Bohemians and Finn Harps in the last 10 days without conceding a goal, and Shiels is hoping his team can go on a winning run to make third place their own.
"We've won three of our last four games," he said. "We've scored in our last nine games and we will be up for this game again.
"If we were to beat Limerick, it would put us in a great position. The young lads have shown tremendous courage in bringing us through this campaign. To be in third is a remarkable achievement and to be only nine points behind Dundalk is incredible.
"I think the boys have to be proud of themselves. We haven't achieved anything yet but we want to get into that European spot and we want to win this game."