Ballymena boss Glenn Ferguson rules out January signings

Ballymena captain Michael Surgenor was sent-off in the match against Coleraine
Ballymena captain Michael Surgenor was sent-off in the match against Coleraine

Ballymena United boss Glenn Ferguson says he will not be able to strengthen his squad during the transfer window.

"We will have to work with what we have got. The squad is a bit light but we cannot afford to bring anybody in until the summer," said Ferguson.

Ballymena face a tough trip to Crusaders on Friday, just three days after losing 3-0 at home to Glentoran.

Mark Surgenor, who was sent-off in the Boxing Day derby with Coleraine, is suspended but Johnny Taylor returns.

Defender Taylor was not allowed to play in Tuesday's Premiership game because of a clause in the transfer deal which took him from Glentoran to Ballymena.

"We will lift ourselves for Seaview," added Ferguson.

"We had our chances on Tuesday night and defensively made a couple of mistakes.

"That was disappointing but we are not beating ourselves up about it because we had been playing well."

In Friday's other Premiership match, second-placed Portadown aim to get back to winning ways at home to Donegal Celtic.

Ronnie McFall's Ports have taken just one point from their last two league matches and last Saturday crashed out of Irish Cup at the hands of Mid-Ulster neighbours Glenavon.

Donegal Celtic skipper Stephen McAlorum misses the Shamrock Park game as he is serving a two-match suspension for picking up 10 yellows cards this season.

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