IRISH LEAGUE: Rodney McAree and Dungannon Swifts raring to go following postponement

Rodney McAree
Rodney McAree

Rodney McAree insists his boys are “raring to go” in Saturday’s Danske Bank Premiership showdown against Glenavon at Stangmore Park.

The Swifts were left kicking their heels last weekend when their game at Carrick Rangers was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

They are now ready to take out their frustrations on Gary Hamilton’s in-form Lurgan Blues, who enjoyed a thumping 5-1 win over Ballinamallard United last time out.

“The boys are in good spirits,” said McAree, who took over the post three weeks ago from Darren Murphy.

“We had a good performance against Linfield in my first game in charge and we were looking forward to building on that at Carrick.

“But you can do nothing when the weather dictates. We have a full squad available this week, so we want to start getting a few points on the board.”

One big problem for the Swifts is the fact that Eoin Bradley is back in the Glenavon panel.

He eventually arrived home from Egypt, having been grounded due to the Russian air disaster.

“He was missing last week, but they still hit five past Ballinamallard,” added McAree.

“They also have the likes of (Daniel) Kearns and Fabio (O’Brien), such as their strength in depth. Glenavon are the in-form team, we’ll have our work cut out,”

The Lurgan Blues will again be without the injured Kevin Braniff, who could be out for five to six weeks with a hamsting problem.