Shannon capture a boost for club says Celtic manager

Brendan Shannon
Brendan Shannon

Lurgan Celtic may not have been active on the pitch last weekend with their match called off, but they were active off it as manager Colin Malone made a significant signing.

Former Glenavon captain Brendan Shannon has joined the Hoops and Malone is delighted at such a capture.

“We lost a quality player in Chris Lavery going to Glentoran, but in Brendan we have a quality player coming in,” said the Celtic manager.

“It was important we did bring someone in with experience and Brendan fits the bill perfectly.

“He was captain at Glenavon and only lost that through injury and he is still only 27 and he feels this is a great opportunity.

“I think signing a player like Brendan is a positive move for us, and a huge statement by the club of what we want to do.

“Brendan can play anywhere along the back four but I think we may use his experience in a midfield role.

“I am happy with the way we have settled into Championship 1. We are in a decent position to push on and the aim is to be among the top teams come the latter stages of the season. I feel we are good enough to do that, but at the same time if you get into a bad run in this league you can end up fighting relegation.

“It very much depends what team turns up on the day.

The Celtic boss hopes Shannon will not be the only new face arriving in the January transfer window, he is keen to add at least one more player to his squad.

This weekend Lurgan Celtic face Bangor at home in the Irish Cup.

“Every team wants an Irish Cup run and we have a chance to do that. We beat them 3-0 recently although they have put together a few good results since then so we cannot take anything for granted. “

With Celtic’s league game with Institute ruled out last week because of a waterlogged pitch at Knockramer Park the cup tie could also be hit.

“We are keeping an eye on the weather, but at the same time we are preparing for a game,” added Malone.

“We played Northern Ireland Under 18s on Monday night and plan two good training sessions to get in the best possible shape for the visit of Bangor.”