Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson has labelled Saturday’s Premiership showdown with Crusaders as a “massive game” for both clubs.
The Shore Road boys are riding high at the top of the table, now unbeaten in 22 outings, but Patterson’s team – who were written off by many at the outset – have crept into the top four, just six points behind the Crues and two adrift of third placed Cliftonville.
“This is a massive, massive game,” said Patterson.
“We’ll go there and hopefully put up a challenge to see where it takes us. It presents us with the opportunity of clawing ourselves a little bit closer to the three teams above us.
“We are hanging in – a win at Seaview would help claw us a little bit closer. It means that this is now a massive game against Crusaders.
“They are an experienced squad, strong and physical -- and they are scoring goals for fun, hence their position at the top of the table.
“It’s also vitally important to the Crues as they will be wanting to stay where they are. It will be interesting.”