IRISH LEAGUE: Glens boss Gary Haveron issues a call to teenage stars

Glentoran manager Gary Haveron. Pic: Presseye
Glentoran manager Gary Haveron. Pic: Presseye

Glentoran boss Gary Haveron has issued a plea to his teenage players to make themselves impossible to ignore.

The Glens have won just one of their last five games and the boss is keen to ring the changes.

But, he says, the young players waiting in the wings have to show their worth before getting a call-up to the senior side.

“I go to watch our Under 20s - I rarely miss a game,” explained Haveron.

“I have the future of those young players in my hands so I want to give them every opportunity by watching them myself as well as hearing the reports from others.

“They have to say to the manager; ‘you can’t ignore me.’

“That’s what I want to see. I went to Glenavon to watch them last week. We lost 3-0 and I felt they could have taken their opportunity a bit more.

“There is an opportunity here for them but they have to show they are hungry. They have to make it impossible for the manager to leave them out.

“I will continue to watch them. I’m not afraid to put them into the team but they have to be good enough and they have to want it enough.”

Haveron has also reminded his current crop of first team players that they have an ‘obligation’ to do their all to secure a top six finish.

“When people are wearing a Glentoran shirt, they have to give everything,” he said. “That’s what being a professional player is. Guys are getting paid to play for the club so there is an obligation there to do everything they can.

“The people who don’t do that won’t get an opportunity to play.”

Haveron’s side won’t have it easy on Friday as they travel to face a Cliftonville side who have won 12 of their last 14 matches at Solitude (kick-off 7.45pm).

Last time the teams met, the Glens picked up a 2-1 win at the Oval with Nacho Novo netting one of his two Danske Bank Premiership goals so far this season.

The Reds will be without suspended defender Chris Ramsey.