GLENN Ferguson believes Ballymena United would be a permanent feature in the top six of the Premiership if they had a prolific goal scorer.
The departure of Scottish hitman Gary McCutcheon over the summer has left a notable void in the Sky Blues’ frontline this season.
The Showgrounds outfit may have lost only two of their 10 fixtures to date – but they have won just two and drawn the remaining six.
“We would like to be winning more games,” Ferguson admits ahead of Saturday’s game with Glenavon.
“In the six draws we have recorded we probably should have had four more wins.
“But as I keep saying to the players, if you can’t win the game make sure you don’t lose it. So we are showing character in games.
“There is no doubt if we had an out-and-out striker we would have more points on the board. We need a 20-goals-a-season player who can turn draws into victories.
“But the onus is on the other players to chip in. We have seen that with the likes of David Cushley and Gary Thompson scoring, and young Jamie Davidson getting one or two.
“I firmly believe if we had a prolific striker in the squad then we would be in the top six, but we will wait and see what January brings.”
One player who has been linked with a return to the Showgrounds is former striker Kevin Kelbie.
But Ferguson insists there is no substance to the reports.
“I don’t know what Kevin is at these days and I don’t know who he is playing for or what shape he is in,” Ferguson added.
“There are too many questions there to be genuinely interested.”