Hamilton hails McLaughlin ahead of Glenavon's clash with Cliftonville

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Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton has praised his opposite number at Cliftonville ahead of their game tomorrow in the Danske Bank Premiership.

Paddy McLaughlin's side host the Lurgan Blues (3pm), sitting pretty at the top of the league.

And McLaughlin's influence has a lot to do with that, said Hamilton.

The Reds have lost only once so far this season – and they were unlucky to do so, the Glenavon boss pointed out.

“Cliftonville have been flying,” he told Glenavon's website in his weekly preview.

“If you look at the game and look at the stats, Ballymena have beaten them against the run of play. Cliftonville had a lot more shots on goal and a lot more possession than Ballymena had. Sometimes that's the way football goes.

“They've been on a good run and in Paddy [McLaughlin] they've got a great manager so it's not going to be easy – it never is down at Solitude.

“However, we went there a couple of times last year and ran them close so hopefully we can take confidence from our win a couple of weeks ago against Dungannon Swifts.

“If we can put in another similar performance then hopefully we can get a positive outcome.”

Should Glenavon get a result, they will have to do so without the services of Andy Waterworth, who is away with Northern Ireland's U17s, while Michael O'Connor, Jamie Doran and Mark Haughey are also out.

Hamilton will be boosted by the return of club captain James Singleton and Conor McCloskey, however they are unlikely to play any big part in the game.

The Glenavon boss explained, “They're not fit. They wouldn't even be fit for a half yet because we need to get them a game in the reserves, but they will be on the bench tomorrow because we're down in numbers.

“We would have preferred not to involve them and play them on Monday night with the reserves, but needs must.”

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