Carrick Rangers without banned skipper Aaron Harmon for visit of Glenavon

Carrick's Aaron Harmon
Carrick's Aaron Harmon

Carrick Rangers skipper Aaron Harmon must sit out an automatic one-match and misses Saturday’s Danske Bank Premiership clash against Glenavon to the Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena.

The tough tackling midfielder was dismissed in last week’s win at Ballinamallard United following an alleged headbutt on Liam McMenamin.

Rangers boss Gary Haveron reckons that Harmon was hard done by.

“Both players were as guilty as each other,” he said. “Aaron was getting up off the ground and the pair of them came head-to-head. I thought he was rather unfortunate.

“The dismissal took the gloss off what was a tremendous performance.

“Ballinamallard is never an easy place to go. Linfield struggled the week before to get a result down there, so to do it in the way we did was very pleasing.

“We played some great football; we defended well, worked hard in midfield and our boys up front did their job.”

Rangers are now primed for what will be a testing period, starting with Gary Hamilton’s Glenavon, who wants a quick reaction following his team’s shock League Cup penalty shoot-out defeat by Annagh United in midweek.

The Lurgan Blues surrendered a 3-1 lead before bowing out in a dreaded penalty hick showdown.

“We really should have been able to see out the game,” said Hamilton.

“In the end, poor defending in the last 10 minutes cost us. Once it goes to penalties, it becomes a lottery, but we have only ourselves to blame.”