Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton wary ahead of Europa League clash with Shakhtyor Soligorsk

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton
Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton

Gary Hamilton admits Glenavon still have it all to do in Belarus – but insists they will give it their best shot.

The Lurgan Blues trail Shakhtyor Soligorsk 2-1 ahead of Thursday’s Europa League first qualifying round, second leg.

The Mourneview Park men may have a mountain to climb against classy Shakhtyor, but Hamilton has urged his players to “go for it” at the Stroitel Stadium.

“They are a very good side, and it is difficult to know what to expect on Thursday night,” Hamilton said.

“With their quality, they could easily go on and win 3 or 4-0, but at 2-1 we have a fighting chance and we will give it our best shot.

“The two sides got a good look at each other last week at Mourneview, and I am sure Shakhtyor will fancy their chances.

“They will look to put the tie to bed early, but we will go out and try and get an away goal which would make things interesting.”

Goalkeeper James McGrath is missing – Jonny Tuffey comes in.

David Elebert (hamstring) is a doubt while Declan O’Brien comes in for Gareth McKeown.