Two games off over Crues Covid cases, cup could also be hit - and Glens sign Marshall

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McDermott, Marshall and Millar.

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Two games have been postponed in the Danske Bank Premiership this weekend as a result of Covid-19.

It's after two positive tests for Crusaders players following their game last weekend against Portadown.

NIFL has agreed to a Crues' request for their Friday fixture away to Carrick Rangers to be called off.

Leaders Larne were due to visit Shamrock Park on Saturday, but that's also off with Ports players self-isolating as a result of being in contact with confirmed cases - the Crusaders pair. 

The draw's been made for the Irish Cup openers on January 9th, but games could be in doubt because of the latest lockdown.

There's no sporting activity for a week from December 26th until January 1st - wiping out the big Boxing Day derbies.

'Elite' sport can resume behind closed doors from January 2nd - that includes Premiership matches. 

However, most of the 32 teams in the cup play in lower divisions, so unless the competition is deemed elite it could be six weeks before ties can be staged.

The other big news in the Irish League on Thursday night was the return to the fold of former Glenavon star Rhys Marshall.

The 25-year-old has left League of Ireland champions Shamrock Rovers to sign for Glentoran.

It's a three-and-a-half year professional contract for the Lurgan man, who links up again with former Mourneview Park coach Paul Millar and a number of ex-Glenavon teammates now at the Oval. 

Marshall can play for the Glens when the transfer window opens next month - if there are any games.

Former Northern Ireland international defender Daniel Lafferty is also leaving Shamrock Rovers - he's returning to Derry City.

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