PREVIEW: Carrick Rangers vs Glentoran
Carrick Rangers could ensure they avoid automatic relegation tomorrow evening if they can win or draw when Glentoran visit the Loughshore Hotel Arena.

The action in the Danske Bank Premiership is coming thick and fast as all sides return to action only three days after their last game. On Saturday, goals from Martin Murray and Paddy McNally late in the first half ensured a share of the spoils with Ards. Meanwhile at Stangmore Park a late goal from Jamie Glackin condemned the Glens to a second consecutive league defeat at the hands of Dungannon Swifts.

 

This could turn out to be a massive game for both sides. Firstly, it could see Rangers ensure they cannot be mathematically relegated automatically. A win will be the aim for Aaron Callaghan, but a draw will also ensure mathematical safety. Disregarding this match, if Portadown get anything less than all three points away to Ards then they will be relegated and the ‘Gers will be confirmed as the Premiership team in the play-off.

 

As for Glentoran, a win will be needed if there is to be any hope of securing 7th place and reaching the European play-offs. With three games to play and trailing Dungannon by 4 points, time is running out for former Carrick boss Gary Haveron to reach the elusive seventh position, so nothing less than a win will do when he re-visits Taylors Avenue.

 

Glentoran have the upper hand to Rangers having own the most recent meeting between the sides with Nacho Novo’s sole goal at the Oval, while goals from Steven Gordon and Curtis Allen earnt the win on their last visit to Carrickfergus. Can Rangers finally get the win against the East Belfast men?

 

Aaron Callaghan will have to manage without the instrumental Martin Murray who is missing through injury, while Mark Surgenor remains a doubt having missed Saturday’s draw with Ards through illness.

 

The Glens have some much more serious injury concerns as Steven Gordon is out with a hairline fracture of the jaw and both Tiarnan McAuley and former ‘Gers captain Aaron Harmon have sustained suspected cruciate ligament damage. Carrick Rangers would like to wish a successful recovery to all three players.

 

As always, Rangers Review will be available for all to buy for only £2. There will be notes from Captain Surgenor, an update from the Ladies team, a piece on our visitors Glentoran and much more! Please note that this programme is a double edition which also covered Saturday’s game vs Ards, so if you have already purchased a copy there is no need to re-buy.

 

Kick-off will be at 19:45 with admission prices of £10 for adults and £7 for concessions, and a reminder also that season tickets and colts passes are valid for this game.

 

Our objective has always been to avoid relegation, and tomorrow evening we could take a major step to achieving that. Will YOU be there to support YOUR local side in the battle for Premiership survival? AMBER ARMY!

updated: 17 April 2017
NEXT FIXTURE
Carrick Rangers
v
Glentoran
Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena, Carrickfergus
Danske Bank Premiership
Saturday 20 January 2018, kick off: 3:00pm
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LEAGUE TABLE

 TeamPldWDLFAPts
 Crusaders 24 19 3 2 66 2360
 Coleraine 24 18 5 1 48 1659
 Glenavon 22 14 4 4 56 2746
 Linfield 22 14 1 7 45 2443
 Cliftonville 23 13 3 7 40 2442
 Ballymena United 23 10 4 9 39 4134
 Glentoran 23 8 7 8 25 2831
 Dungannon Swifts 24 7 4 13 20 3625
 Ards 23 6 3 14 22 4221
 Warrenpoint Town 23 3 5 15 30 5214
 Carrick Rangers 23 2 5 16 15 4911
 Ballinamallard United 24 1 4 19 18 627