Portadown manager Ronnie McFall has voiced his opposition to the idea of this season’s Irish League play-off - even if it offers the most realistic chance for European football.
Saturday’s derby defeat by 4-1 away to Glenavon has left the Ports nine points off sixth-placed Glentoran and with an extra game played on the Danske Bank Premiership calendar.
A play-off process has been introduced by Northern Ireland Football League officials to kick in at the end of the 38-match schedule in which sides placed third to seventh will compete for Europa League qualification.
“We have to be realistic about our chances now of a top-six finish,” said McFall. “To be honest, a play-off situation is not an avenue I agree with on a personal level.
“That view will not change, even if it could benefit Portadown.
“After the Glenavon result we need to get back on track now against Carrick.”
Kick-off tomorrow (Saturday) at Shamrock Park will be 3 o’clock against Carrick Rangers.