Carrick Rangers v Glentoran: Gary Haveron ready for latest acid test

Gary Haveron
Gary Haveron

Carrick Rangers manager Gary Haveron admits Glentoran will have an “almighty battle” on their hands in Saturday’s Premiership clash at Taylor’s Avenue.

Carrick suffered a 3-0 defeat to Warren Feeney’s Linfield on Wednesday night and are now dusting themselves down for another stern test on their own patch.

This time it is the Blues’ ‘Big Two’ rivals Glentoran who will arrive in town.

“It’s important that we regroup as best we can,” said Haveron.

“I’m expecting a similar game to the Linfield match. They come to us as big favourites, but they will have to work to earn anything they get from here.

“It’s a minimum requirement that I ask of the players that they work very, very hard, so if the Glens want to take anything away they are going to have to earn it.

“We need to regroup; we need to lick our wounds and get on with it again.”

Carrick are likely to be missing defender Aaron Smyth for the visit of the Glens.

The right-back sustained a nasty gash to his leg after a robust tackle from Linfield midfielder Aaron Burns on Wednesday.

“We’ll assess Aaron’s injury, but I can’t imagine he’ll play a game the rest of this month never mind on Saturday,” added Haveron.

Former Cliftonville midfielder Barry Johnston, who arrived at the Taylor’s Avenue club last month, could be in the frame to be named in tomorrow’s match-day panel.