Balymena’s Davidson set to go under knife

Ballymena United striker Jamie Davidson has vowed to return after being informed he will be out for the next 12 months after sustaining a sickening cruciate knee ligament injury.

Davidson picked up the injury in a reserve match.

The teenager will under go surgery after a scan revealed the extent of the damage.

“It’s going to be a long road, but I’m determined to come back stronger,” he said.

“I was playing in a reserve match and when I hit a shot, I just felt my knee go. It wasn’t a case of being tackled or anything like that – it was as simple as just hitting a shot. I couldn’t really move my knee but a I managed to hobble off to get a bit of treatment and went on again five minutes later but I had to come back off again.

“The next morning my knee was badly swollen.

“I thought I had just jarred the knee and that it was fluid that would go down.

“Gordon McCartney, the club’s therapist, told me to keep icing it and he referred me to a clinic on the Malone Road in Belfast for an MRI scan. I was then informed of the seriousness of the injury. I’m gutted.”

Meanwhile, Donegal Celtic striker Mark Miskimmon is on the radar of Glentoran.

But if the cash-strapped East Belfast club want to do business, it will almost certainly be on a player-exchange deal.

Miskimmon was left on the bench for his team’s 4-1 Premier League defeat by Linfield at Suffolk Road on Tuesday night, but managed to grab Celtic’s consolation late in the game.

“He wasn’t left out because of the transfer speculation,” said Hoops boss Pat McAllister. “It was my decision. Miskimmon came on and made an impact, scoring near the finish. Maybe he had a point to prove.”

Oran Kearney, the Coleraine manager, has also declared in interest in the free-scoring striker.

“A few clubs have been in touch, but it has been all talk so far,” added McAllister. “The transfer deadline is about to close, so time is running out. I would certainly like to freshen up my squad. To do that, I would have to move some players on.

“There is a club interested in a couple of our players. They are doing a lot of talking, but there is no action.

“I’m not in a position financially to bring anyone in at present. If one or two leave, then that could change.”

Celtic nudged closer to the Premier League trap door following the Blues’ drubbing this week.