Glentoran bos Eddie Patterson not impressed

Eddie Patterson
Eddie Patterson

Frustrated Eddie Patterson has urged the Irish FA to sort out their discipline procedure.

The Glentoran boss is miffed he is being deprived of the services of new signing Ciaran Caldwell following his dismissal with his former club’s reserve team.

Midfield ace Caldwell was snapped up from Glenavon, but it’s the East Belfast side that are paying the penalty for his misdemeanor.

Caldwell will again watch his new colleagues in action against Ballinamallard United at the Oval on Saturday.

“The IFA needs to have a look at this sort of mess,” rapped Patterson. “It’s total madness. We have to wait until Glenavon reserves play six games before Ciaran is available to us.

“You couldn’t make it up. Some of those reserve matches are cancelled at the drop of a hat. We just don’t know when he’ll be available.

“If Ciaran was guilty of something at another club, why are we taking the rap? It’s stupidity. Something needs to be done.”

On the plus side, Patterson will have defender Jay Magee free from suspension, while he is hoping Barry Holland has recovered from a hamstring injury.

Still missing are Jim O’Hanlon, Niall Henderson and Kym Nelson.

“We are starting to get a few boys back from injury and suspension and I think that was reflected in our performance at Dungannon last week,” added Patterson.