Eddie Patterson is willing to play patient waiting game

Eddie Patterson
Eddie Patterson

Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson admits he’s content to play a waiting game now the January transfer window is open.

Patterson, buoyed by his team’s emphatic Premiership win over Institute on Thursday, desperately wants to strengthen his squad, but the financial constraints at the East Belfast are again proving troublesome.

“Finance is the big thing,” he said.

“We have targeted certain players – and also spoken to them. But whether we can finalise anything in this transfer window remains to be seem.

“We know the areas we need to strengthen – and we’ll be looking for experienced heads.

“If we can manage to pull it off, brilliant. If we don’t, then we’ll wait until the end of the season.

“There will be movement out, with John McGuigan and Mark Clarke both going on loan to Warrenpoint Town and Ards.

“That will help free up a bit off money.”

Patterson takes his team to Milltown on Saturday to face basement side Warrenpoint Town, who are now unbeaten in five games.

They’ve reeled in nine points from a possible 15 – their latest success a 2-0 home win over Ballymena United on Thursday.

“We know it’s going to be tough,” added Patterson. “They are battling for their lives, trying to climb out of the relegation zone.

“On the other hand, we are battling to secure our place in the top six. The three points against Institute were all that sweeter because of results elsewhere. Cliftonville lost points at Ballinamallard on Tuesday, so we’ve crept closer to them – and we’ve also nudged nearer to Linfield after their defeat at Seaview.

“That’s the kind of things we are trying to target. Our priority is to finish in the top six.

“If we can achieve that before the league splits, then we can re-evaluate and possibly set another target.”