Ports favourite Collins set to make weekend debut in Rectory colours

Michael Collins.
Michael Collins.

Michael Collins is expected to return to Portadown’s football scene tomorrow (Saturday) - with a debut for Rectory Rangers.

Collins won an Irish League title with Portadown in 2002 during a six-year spell at Shamrock Park which cemented his reputation within the club’s fanbase as one of the most talented and popular modern players.

However, Collins’ next visit to the Shamrock Park will come this weekend when he returns to Rectory Rangers’ clubrooms after the Mid-Ulster League Division Two derby with Lurgan BBOB.

Collins, now 37 years old, has agreed a deal with Rangers for this season and manager Tony Bell is relishing the positive impact the decorated player can have on his squad.

“He had been playing a bit last season around Belfast but works with quite a few of the Rectory lads for David Jameson,” said Bell. “He was down watching us recently in Brownstown Park for our friendly with Ballymacash Rangers, then got chatting and signed for us.

“Mickey is keen to play at the back and enjoy his football, rather than midfield.

“He can sit and direct everything from the defence.

“To have someone of his experience will be a major boost for the club and I am confident he can be a wonderful influence on the rest of the squad.”