Oran Kearney is refusing to press panic buttons after David McDaid exit

New Cliftonville signing Davy McDaid
New Cliftonville signing Davy McDaid

Oran Kearney is refusing to press any panic buttons despite losing another striker less than three weeks before the end of the transfer window.

David McDaid sealed a big move to Cliftonville on Monday, the former Derry City hitman signing a three-year deal with the champions.

It has left a gaping void in Coleraine’s strikeforce as they prepare for Wednesday’s trip to Drumahoe to face Premiership new-boys Institute.

“It is disappointing to lose Davy, especially at this stage of the summer,” Kearney said.

“I would rather have lost him in June, so we would have had time to regroup and plan ahead.

“Now we have a couple of weeks to find one or two strikers to come in, which won’t be easy.

“But that’s football. Cliftonville pushed hard for Davy, and this week he was starting to show that he was keen on the move.

“People said to dig your heels in, but I know from experience that there is no point holding onto a player if they would rather be somewhere else.

“You need players who are content at their club, so we move on.”

Looking ahead to Wednesday’s derby clash, Kearney added: “It is great seeing Institute back in the Premiership.

“It is a derby for us and it is great for the area.

“We know that newly promoted teams are always difficult to beat, so Wednesday will be tough.”