Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson admits having to pick his Irish Cup final squad was one the “hardest decisions I have had to make”.
The Sky Blues are preparing for their biggest game in 25 years, with every member of Ferguson’s squad desperate to feature in Saturday’s showpiece.
“Picking this squad was probably be the hardest thing I’ve had to do,” he said.
“I probably know Glenavon’s cup final team, and Gary Hamilton probably knows mine. It is breaking the news to other players that they’re not in the squad that’s the difficult part.
“But it is important that when the players are left out, they don’t huff in the corner.
“I remember a few years back Mark Picking had played 53 games out of 55 for Linfield during one season, and he got left out of the Irish Cup final squad.
“It was a crushing blow, but he was right behind the team, cheering them on, because he is a Blueman.
“So I hope my players who are left out get behind the team. Everyone has a part to play whether they are in the final squad or not.”