Glentoran's John McGuigan has had an impressive return to the Oval this season. (c)Stephen Hamilton/Press Eye


John McGuigan’s last minute penalty miss against league leaders Coleraine has been viewed almost 70,000 times on the BBC Sport NI Social Media, but after some soul searching the midfielder is feeling reflective.

“It was unfortunate freak accident, I had even put the keeper the wrong way! It took me two days to get my head around it, but the only way to put it behind me is on Monday night to move forward and hopefully score more crucial goals for Glentoran.”

Despite last weekend’s setback it’s been a dream return to the Oval for John who first joined the club in 2009 before moving to Warrenpoint Town in January 2015. “I’m delighted to be back at the Oval, I thought it was never going to happen again and Gary [Haveron] has brought me in and given me a lot of confidence playing and scoring goals and also involved in goals. Everything he’s asked me to do I’ve given and looking to contribute more throughout the season.”

Following an impressive start from the East Belfast side, there are lofty ambitions the midfielder has set himself and his team-mates; “Someone asked me in pre-season (and I got a bit of grief for saying this) my personal ambitions were top four and people laughed! If we keep going the way we are going there’s no reason why we can’t. We had a good game against the Blues but fell short, we came close against Coleraine too.”

On Monday night Glentoran take on Crusaders live on Sky Sports, something which isn’t new to McGuigan. “It’s great to be one of the first teams to be on Sky this season, I’ve already played a couple of games on Sky so it’s great to get another one under my belt. Hopefully the crowds will come out and we will relish it and hopefully put a performance and win the game for them.”

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