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
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LEAGUE TABLE

 TeamPldWDLFAPts
 Linfield 38 27 8 3 87 2489
 Crusaders 38 27 6 5 83 3687
 Coleraine 38 18 11 9 56 4265
 Ballymena United 38 18 5 15 74 7359
 Cliftonville 38 17 7 14 55 5058
 Dungannon Swifts 38 14 10 14 67 5952
 Glenavon 38 13 13 12 55 5552
 Ards 38 13 8 17 61 7047
 Glentoran 38 12 10 16 45 5346
 Ballinamallard United 38 10 5 23 45 7235
 Carrick Rangers 38 5 7 26 31 7822
 Portadown 38 7 4 27 28 7513