Glentoran boss Patterson hoping for swift resolution to Callacher impasse

Glentoran defender Jimmy Callacher
Glentoran defender Jimmy Callacher

Eddie Patterson insists the “ball remains in Linfield’s court” over the immediate future of Jimmy Callacher.

Callacher is set to join the Blues in the summer after signing a pre-contract agreement with the Windsor Park club.

It had been hoped a deal for the 23-year-old could be completed during the January transfer window, but Patterson admits both clubs have “reached stalemate” over a fee for the player.

Patterson – whose club will be due a development fee for Callacher – remains hopeful that a resolution can be found before the end of the month.

“The situation with Jimmy has reached stalemate,” he said.

“Linfield have been told what his development fee is, and as far as I am aware they don’t want to make that move to the end of the season.

“It is unfortunate for Jimmy.”

Patterson admits that Callacher – who is currently training with Glentoran’s reserve team – will not feature in his first team plans.

“It is a straight development fee, so the ball is in Linfield’s court. If they want Jimmy, then pay the fee,” Patterson added.

“If they don’t want him now, then Jimmy will be kicking his heels from now to the end of the season.

“Jimmy trains with the reserves. The fact is we are trying to develop our own style of play, and to have a player who will be playing for a rival next season, wouldn’t be right.

“It is one of those things.

“We will wait to see what Linfield do from now to the end of January.”