Cliftonville hope to close gap on Linfield at top of Premiership

Kevin Kelbie
Kevin Kelbie has left Glenavon after discussions between club and player

Cliftonville hope to reduce Linfield's lead at the top of the Premiership to four points by beating Carrick Rangers at Seaview on Saturday.

The Reds are one of three teams who have already secured their place in the top six ahead of the league split.

Carrick's Paul Heatley sits out the game because of a one-match suspension.

Glenavon have released striker Kevin Kelbie from his contract, but defender John Convery has joined the club, as they prepare to face Donegal Celtic.

Kelbie's contract was cancelled with immediate effect after discussions between the player and the Mourneview Park club.

The Scotland-based striker signed a two-year agreement with Glenavon last May following his release from Morton.

He made 13 starts and had six substitute appearances for Glenavon this season, however managed only one goal prior to sustaining an injury in training in December which is likely to keep him out of the game until late February at the earliest.

DC's new boss Stephen Small will take charge for the first time, along with assistant Laurnce Stitt.

Former Portadown and Newry City player Convery has signed from Cliftonville, where he made just 10 appearances.

New Carrick goalkeeper Paul Murphy could make his debut for the club.

Saturday 28 January - Carling Premiership - 1500 GMT

Carrick Rangers v Cliftonville

Donegal Celtic v Glenavon