Cliftonville face Glentoran Premiership test at Solitude

Tommy Breslin
Tommy Breslin

Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin says Saturday's Premiership match with Glentoran at Solitude will provide a "good test to see where we are at".

The Reds boss must plan without Ciaran Caldwell, who has an ankle injury.

His Glentoran counterpart Eddie Patterson will check on the fitness of Jim O'Hanlon, while striker Richard Gibson is added to the squad.

Crusaders are without Gareth McKeown and Jordan Owens, Colin Coates is doubtful, but Paul Heatley is back.

McKeown misses his side's trip to Lisburn Distillery after being involved in a car accident.

Coates was forced to come off after just seven minutes of last week's draw with Ballymena after aggravating an injury sustained in the friendly with Liverpool.

Heatley has returned from holiday, while Owens has returned to light training, but is still a week away from returning to action.

Ballinamallard United and Ballymena United put their unbeaten starts to the season on the line at Ferney Park.

Sky Blues boss Glenn Ferguson has Gavin Taggart back after a two-week ban, while Jordan Baker and Ross Black played for the reserves in midweek following their recovery from injury.

Forward James Costello is still on the sidelines following a recurrence of a thigh injury.

Danske Bank Irish Premiership fixtures


Ballinamallard United v Ballymena United (15:00)

Cliftonville v Glentoran (14:05)

Lisburn Distillery v Crusaders (15:00)

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