Boss dreams of the perfect outcome

LURGAN Celtic’s reward for their replay win at Larne on Monday night is a home tie with Knockbreda on Saturday as the club bid to reach the last eight of the Irish Cup.

The Hoops have already made club history by reaching the last 16 for the first time but manager Ciaran O’Kane is dreaming of even more.

“A home tie against another Championship Two side gives us a great chance with a big incentive to reach the last eight of the Irish Cup,” said O’Kane.

“We will be going all out to get through. We know Knockbreda will also be confident and with all the buzz of cup day it should be a fantastic cup tie. We need our fans to come out and give us that extra man. We may have lost the recent league game to Knockbreada but that will count for nothing on Saturday.

“My dream day would see us get through, Glenavon beat Crusaders and we get drawn together in the next round. It is not being too confident, it’s just what would be the perfect outcome for me.”

Celtic certainly hammered Larne in Monday’s to earn the tie on Saturday.

“It really was a super effort right from the start when we played some great football and hit them hard with three quick goals in what was an excellent first half. To be fair they had a bit more possession in the second half and while we did not reach the heights of the first period we never really looked stretched and were always in control of the match.

“The whole team produced a superb effort but for me two players stood out. Aaron Haire was just too hot for them and caused problems all night. In midfield Conor McAnallen worked his socks off winning great tackles and winning the ball back.

“Now we have to do it all again, but we have the ability and flair to do it.”