Gallagher targets home comforts

January 24, 2020

A view of Celtic Park, Derry. ©INPHO/Lorcan Doherty.

Making Celtic Park a venue where teams fear is one of the mains for Derry manager Rory Gallagher this year.

The former Donegal and Fermanagh manager believes that making the Derry county grounds a fortress is essential for them going forward.

Derry begin their FL3 campaign with a clash against Leitrim on Saturday evening and Gallagher is keen for his charges to get off to a winning start at home, particularly as they will face Armagh there in the Ulster SFC.

And he told the Derry Journal that they are keen to play as many games as possible in Celtic Park so that the players can familiarise themselves with it.

“The county board mentioned it to us as management team and we felt that, in my experience when I was with Donegal and Fermanagh, playing at home became something that you took serious pride in and having one venue always suited players.

“You got used to the familiarity of the place and you want to make it a place where other teams hate coming to.”

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