Glenn Ferguson hopeful Gary Liggett will add extra spice

Lisburn Distillery's Gary Liggett and Coleraine's Howard Beverland
Lisburn Distillery's Gary Liggett and Coleraine's Howard Beverland

Glenn Ferguson is hoping Gary Liggett can provide the firepower to help push Ballymena United up the Irish Premiership table.

Liggett has completed his move to the Showgrounds from Lisburn Distillery - the striker signing an 18-month deal with the Sky Blues.

The former Portadown and Glenavon forward’s capture comes hot on the heels of Shane Dolan’s arrival last week.

Ferguson - whose side sit eight points off the top-six - believes the strike duo will give United a timely boost as they look to climb the table.

“Shane scored on his debut, and you could see his arrival gave everyone a lift,” Ferguson said.

“Hopefully Gary can have a similar effect. I am delighted he has signed for us. Ironically, I tried to sign both Shane and Gary last summer but didn’t get them.

“I think Gary and Shane will give us an added presence up front. It is no secret we were lacking in the forward department following the departure of Gary McCutcheon.

“James Costello also moved to Dungannon last week, but we have managed to bring in two lads who I believe add a lot of quality to the squad.”

Ferguson admits he knows the strengths - and weaknesses - of Liggett after playing alongside the 25-year-old at Distillery.

“I played with Gary and also coached him at the Whites, so I know plenty about him,” Ferguson added.

“He has scored 14 goals already this season, and Distillery have been struggling at the bottom of the table. So he knows where the net is.

“I know there were a few clubs interested in him, including the likes of Dungannon and Coleraine. So we are delighted that he has chosen Ballymena.”