Patterson has young Glens ready for a real battle 
at Seaview

Glentoran's Danny McKee is back from holiday but not in time to face Crsuaders on Saturday
Glentoran's Danny McKee is back from holiday but not in time to face Crsuaders on Saturday

Eddie Patterson insists his team are prepared for what will be another bruising battle against wounded Crusaders at Seaview.

Both teams are coming off the back of disappointing Danske Premiership results last week - the Crues humbled at Portadown, while the Glens were mugged by a last minute leveller at Ballinmallard.

“To be honest, it felt like a defeat,” recalls Patterson. “We had so much of the play. We’d two goals disallowed; this the post; hit the bar and then we concede a sloppy goal well in to added time.

“What makes it even more disappointing is the fact that we are giving away too many goals from set-play situations. It cost us against Linfield and it cost us again at Ballinamallard.

“But I keep saying we are a young group of players and they have to learn from their mistakes.”

Patterson added he was disappointed to miss out on the signing of midfielder Ciaran Caldwell, who instead moved to Glenavon, and admitted the departure of striker Mark Miskimmin to Coleraine has left him a little short in numbers.

“We haven’t a lot to play with in terms of numbers,” he added.

“We are a little short, but Danny McKee has now returned from holidays and will build up his match fitness with the reserves.

“The lad is only 17 and he had a family holiday planned for some time.

“He’ll give us options when he returns. He came into the squad about Christmas time had he scored some important goals for us.

“Danny is certainly one for the future. Unfortunately, the Crusaders game comes too soon for him.

“It will be another battle... it always is at Seaview. But if we can show the commitment and passion we have been displaying in recent games, we’ll be ok.”