Window pain in Gary’s player search

Gary Hamilton
Gary Hamilton

With the transfer window set to close at midnight on September 1, Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton admits he may not find the players he wants to bolster his squad in time.

Hamilton is on the look-out for a striker and midfielder, a search that has been on-going for weeks.

“We have been looking for some time but maybe something will happen before the window closes,” said Gary. “Perhaps we might get one new face in, but if we don’t then we will wait until January and see what we can do then.

“We are not the only team looking for players, teams with more of a budget and who pay more than us are also in the market.

“It’s no secret we would like to bring in a striker and midfielder for cover, but if we don’t then the boys have shown already that if they play to their potential then they are a match for anyone.”

Glenavon will try to claim their first home win of the season at the third time of asking as they host Glentoran at Mourneview Park on Friday night, kick-off 7.45pm.

The Lurgan Blues have a good record over the Glens in recent meetings, but Hamilton knows that counts for nothing.

“It’s not that long ago we had not beaten Glentoran in years, so what happened in the last few meetings will have no bearing on Friday night. It will be all down to who turns up and shows the biggest desire over the 90 minutes.

“Glentoran are very much like ourselves, perhaps not capable of winning the title but a strong top six side who will want a good run in the cup competitions.”

Simon Kelly and Conor Dillon should be back in contention for the clash.