Portadown v Cliftonville: Reds can forget about signing Darren Murray insists Ronnie McFall

Ports striker Darren Murray
Ports striker Darren Murray

Ronnie McFall doesn’t care if Cliftonville step up their pursuit of Darren Murray this month, his message remains a simple one – he is not for sale.

Earlier in the summer Murray spoke candidly of his desire to join the Reds.

It followed an emailed transfer request sent to McFall and chairman Roy McMahon.

Speculation has continued to mount over the 23-year-old’s future as the transfer window continues to sit ajar.

Murray bagged two goals in an opening day 2-1 win over champions Crusaders. He was also sent off in the game.

The former Donegal Celtic striker sat out Wednesday’s victory over Warrenpoint Town, but returns for Saturday’s showdown with Cliftonville.

“The situation with Murray hasn’t changed – I am fed up talking about it,” McFall said.

“I will be glad to see the end of the transfer window so everyone can stop asking me questions about it.

“I rate him highly and he is a quality striker, but he is staying at Portadown.

“I don’t know if Cliftonville will put any more pressure on the player between now and the end of August. It won’t make any difference if they do or they don’t.

“The message is the same.

“He proved against Crusaders with his two goals just how important a player he is to us.

“He is only 23 and he will improve.”

McFall has been encourage by Portadown’s start to the season.

A 100 per cent record mirrors that of Saturday’s rivals Cliftonville – a side McFall expects to be challenging for the title.

“People have written off Cliftonville’s chances this season, and they have played down ours too,” he added.

“That’s fine by us. You are better being off the radar than people constantly hyping you up.

“Sometimes you get hyped up so much that you are there to be shot at. Everyone is out to get you.

“We will just stay grounded and focus on one game at a time.”