Patrick McClean delighted to be able to repay the Glentoran fans

Patrick McClean celebrates the winPatrick McClean celebrates the win
Patrick McClean celebrates the win
Patrick McClean has become a real fans’ favourite since making the move to Glentoran.

The Oval faithful have taken the former Derry City man to their hearts, and it has proved to be just what he needed after what he admitted was a “rough time” for him personally.

He repaid them with a Man of the Match winning performance in Friday night’s Irish Cup triumph over Ballymena United, which he believs is only the start of more good times with the Glens.

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“I had a rough time at Derry City and I had to leave,” he admitted.

“Thankfully the Glens took me and hopefully I’ve been able to repay them with a good season and winning a trophy.

“It has reignited my career coming here, big time.

“I was at an all-time low, I’d a few personal issues and the Glens brought me in and put their arm around me and picked me up. I couldn’t be happier than I am at the minute.

“I’ve felt there was something happening at Glentoran from the day I came in.

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“There are a lot of new players but everyone has pulled in the same direction and the only way is up if we keep going the way we are going and hopefully we can have a good European run.”

Robbie McDaid’s late winner deep in the second period of extra time at Windsor Park sent the Glens and their fans into delirium as they lifted their first trophy in five years.

“It feels amazing. It’s been a tough, tough road for everybody, not just Glentoran,” said McClean.

“We’ve all come through it and to get a trophy with the boys is unbelievable.

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“I did think it was going to penalties. I was starting to question if I was hitting one but thankfully it didn’t happen because Robbie popped up with a goal.

“Robbie has been unbelievable for us this season, not just in this cup run. You can always count on him to get a goal. He works hard every game and I’m buzzing for him.

“I’m not too sure what time we’ll have off but we’ll go away and speak about what the plans are for Europe and next season.”

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