Glenavon can take a big step forward in their push for a European play-off place when they take on Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park this Saturday.

The Lurgan Blues, who are seventh, have a four point advantage over Ballymena United currently.

However, as Gary Hamilton points out, everyone in the bottom half has something to play for at the moment.

“The rest of the teams that we play between now and the end of the season are all fighting to stay clear of that relegation play-off,” he said.

“Everybody has something to play for now. For ourselves and Ballymena it’s the European play-off and the rest of the teams have relegation concerns.

“These next few games will be as tough as any of the rest we have played this season, but if we can keep playing in the manner that we did against Ballymena last week and as we have been playing over the last couple of months we will have a chance against anyone.”

Going into Saturday’s game, Hamilton has been pleased with his side’s form over recent weeks and is hoping that this will carry through to the trip to Tyrone.

“I’m sure everyone will agree that we have been good over the last period. Even in the games that we’ve lost we have competed, for example against Cliftonville we competed well but it just wasn’t to be on the day,” he added.

“Looking at the bigger picture in those games and, particularly in the second half against Ballymena, I think we have been excellent.”

Michael O’Connor and Andrew Doyle are able to return to the Glenavon squad, however Andy Hall and Jamie Doran miss out through injury while Andrew Waterworth has a chest infection.

Supporters are reminded that Saturday’s game is pay at the gate.

LAST TIME OUT: Glenavon secured a big three points at Mourneview Park, ending Dungannon Swifts’ four-game winning streak. Goals from Peter Campbell, Mark Haughey and Conor McCloskey sealed the win for the Lurgan Blues after the Swifts had taken a surprise lead through Rhyss Campbell.


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