Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton has praised the character of Kris Lindsay following the defender’s Irish Cup heroics in midweek.
Lindsay headed home an 88th-minute equaliser which paved the way for Guy Bates’ last-gasp winner in a 2-1 victory over Glentoran.
It has set up a semi-final clash with Crusaders on April 5, and the prospect of a first Irish Cup success in 17 years for the Lurgan Blues.
Lindsay’s Irish League career has been marred by a succession of serious injuries – including a smashed cheekbone and several knee problems.
It was a depressing run of misfortune that followed him to Mourneview Park.
After agreeing a loan deal with Glenavon back in January 2012, Lindsay suffered another cruciate ligament injury.
It has been a long road to recovery for the former Linfield defender, a journey that threatened to derail his career completely.
But now the 29-year-old is back enjoying his football again, and boss Hamilton believes Lindsay can be a pivotal figure in the club’s potential success story this term.
“I am so pleased for Kris – so proud of him,” Hamilton said.
“He has come through a lot over the years with various injuries, and he has now played over 20 games two seasons in a row, which is the first in about 10 years.
“It is testament to his character. He could have packed it in and let his last cruciate injury derail his career.
“Instead, he showed great hunger and desire to get back and he has repaid Glenavon Football Club.
“We brought him here on loan, and he did his cruciate in his first game. He then took a pay-as-you-play contract, and to do that after a cruciate injury is a great example of his character.
“Sometimes you become attached to certain players, and I am very fond of Kris.”