Malone strengthens squad for Celtic promotion push

Josh Barton who has joined Lurgan Celtic.
Josh Barton who has joined Lurgan Celtic.

They may not have been active on the park, but off the field Lurgan Celtic have been busy in the transfer window.

Manager Colin Malone has secured the services of defender Adam Rodgers from Loughall United and midfielder Josh Barton from Dungannon Swifts to boost the squad as the run-in for the league goes into the second phase this weekend.

And that may not be the last additions to the panel as the manager is still on the lookout for any players he feels would enhance the squad during the January transfer window.

With no official game on Saturday, the first team had a game between themselves in the morning and it proved to be a good workout in advance of the home league game against Limavady United this weekend who had a good win over Newington.

This could prove to be a stern test for the Hoops especially with the momentum of weekly games being broken by two enforced free weekends.

Celtic Youth, fresh from their George Savage Cup victory, were set to play a Mid Ulster Cup tie away to Portadown Youth at Kernan last Saturday but the young Hoops were left kicking their heels after both sides arrived for the 10.00am start to find that the home side had omitted to book the pitch with Craigavon Council as is the routine, and consequently the game wasn’t played.

The home side insisted the pitch was booked, but they failed to produce any paperwork and the ground staff didn’t have the game on their schedule to be played so despite the heated conversation that took place the game didn’t happen.

The players were bitterly disappointed at the events that unfolded.