McGuigan taken out of Glentoran squad ahead of Ballymena test

Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson
Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson

Glentoran boss Eddie Patterson says the Oval club will offer its support to John McGuigan after the midfielder was arrested in connection with drugs offences.

McGuigan was apprehended at a Belfast nightclub last weekend on suspicion of possession of a Class A controlled drug and possessing a class A controlled drug with intent to supply.

The 20-year-old was arrested and subsequently released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

Glens boss Patterson has withdrawn McGuigan from his squad for Friday night’s Danske Bank Premiership clash with Ballymena United.

“It wouldn’t be fair to put John in the position of playing a football match,” Patterson said.

“It has been a very difficult week for him, and we as a club have a duty of care towards the player.

“We will give John support and counselling if it is needed. We will wait and see what action is taken and then take things from there.”

Patterson is now focusing on Friday’s crunch Premiership clash with Ballymena United at the Oval.

The Glens sit just two points ahead of the Sky Blues as the race for the top-six continues to gather pace.

“It is getting very tight as far as finishing in the top six is concerned,” Patterson said.

“We know if we can get a good result on Friday night then it will put some daylight between us and Ballymena.

“But we are under no illusions. Ballymena are in great form at the minute, and with the injury list we currently have then it makes life very difficult for us.

“But we will keep fighting to the split and hopefully we can end up on the right side of that split.

“It is a major challenge but it is one that we have to be up for in the weeks ahead. There are a lot of big games lying in wait for us.”