Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson insists complacency will not be an issue, even though his team’s hopes of claiming a European place have evaporated.
The battling Glens fell to a 2-1 defeat to Crusaders in midweek - a result that torpedoed their hopes of nudging into third place in the Premiership table.
“It’s not totally lost,” said Patterson. “Should Crusaders finish third and go on to win the Irish Cup, that would open it up for the fourth placed team to gain a European spot. We still have everything to play for.
“It’s not in our hands, but we’ve got to look after ourselves.
“So, we’ll be looking to pull in as many points as possible. I was happy with the boys’ performance against the Crues . . . we matched them all over the park.
“We played our football from the back, through midfield. I thought we deserved something from the game.
“This is a very young group of players and we have a plan for next year on what way we want to play with the a nucleus of the players we have. Perhaps we could add one or two experienced heads.
“I’ve told the boys, with five games to go, if they can repeat that performance (against the Crues), they will win more than they lose. Glenavon is now a massive game .”