IRISH LEAGUE: Carrick Rangers boss Gary Haveron preparing for quiet transfer window

Carrick boss Gary Haveron
Carrick boss Gary Haveron

Gary Haveron admits Carrick Rangers’ nomadic season could impact on the club’s transfer dealings in January.

Carrick have endured a stop-start campaign due to a number of postponements because of a waterlogged pitch at their Taylor’s Avenue home.

The newly-promoted club are now facing the prospect of playing a series of away fixtures to allow the pitch to recover following recent torrential rain.

Being on their travels means Carrick will lose out on vital home gates, denying the club of valuable income – some of which would be earmarked for any potential January transfer signings.

“Losing the home gates obviously takes its toll. You can’t afford to lose out on income like that,” Haveron said.

“We have had a stop-start season, and you can see it in the players. Other teams have been sharper because they are playing regularly.

“We have had games postponed and the players lose that sharpness.

“But we will stick together. If I can’t bring anyone new in during January then we will continue working with the squad we have.”

Carrick lost 2-0 to Linfield in the semi-finals of the Toals County Antrim Shield on Tuesday night.

The game was switched to Windsor Park because of the waterlogged pitch at Taylor’s Avenue.

“Linfield were the better team on the night,” conceded Haveron.

“I can’t be too hard on the players. We have to go again on Saturday against Ballinamallard in the Premiership.

“The Shield semi-final was a bonus – the bread and butter is the Premiership and staying in the top flight.

“Survival is the name of the game.”