Tomorrow’s game is the first in a run of three home Premiership fixtures with next Tuesday night’s Mid-Ulster Cup final at Stangmore Park preceding next Friday night’s game with league leaders Linfield.
It will be Reds manager Paddy McLaughlin’s fourth game in charge since replacing Barry Gray and the former Institute boss won his first two games in charge before losing in midweek to second-placed Ballymena United.
Andrew Doyle and Sammy Clingan remain on the injured list but Andy Hall is available again after missing the game at Seaview with a dead leg.
“We go into the game tomorrow with as many players as we could have available and we hope to carry on our last couple of performances,” Gary Hamilton told us ahead of the game. “I think we’ve been decent. If you look over the last wee while, take the Dungannon game out of it, we’ve had some really good results. Hopefully the boys can take confidence from those results, especially the last two because we went to The Oval and won in good style, to win doing it in the last ten minutes. At Crusaders last week, after going a goal behind, which can make it a long day for you, the boys stayed in the game really well in the first half and came out in the second half and dominated the game. They have to take confidence from that, bring it into the game tomorrow and believe in themselves. We believe in them and they need to start having that belief in themselves. Whenever they cross the line it’s up to them to take the opportunities when they come along, whether it be not being afraid to pass or cross or shoot – just take responsibility and, if they do that, they’ve got the ability to get a good positive result tomorrow.”
Last five league games
Glenavon: L D W W D
Cliftonville: L D W W L
Head to Head
Last ten games in all competitions
Glenavon: W5 D4 L1 F24 A17, Average goals per game: 4.1
Referee: Arnold Hunter, Assistants: George Argyropoulos, Ryan Kelsey, 4th Official: Ben McMaster
This will be Arnold Hunter’s 4th time in charge of a Glenavon game this season. All have been at Mourneview Park.