26 Aug 2020
© PressEye Chris Gallagher in action with HB's Paetur Petersen during last week's game
Glentoran are back in Europa League action on Thursday evening when they make the short journey to Scotland to face Motherwell at Fir Park (kick-off 7:45pm).
Mick McDermott's side booked their place in this First Qualifying Round tie thanks to a one-goal defeat of Faroese opponents HB Torshavn last week at The Oval, the winner coming via Robbie McDaid just before the break.
Motherwell, for their part, are five games into their domestic season but have yet to register a win. Indeed, they've only scored in one game to date, a 2-2 draw at home to Livingston when David Turnbull and Allan Campbell found the net.
There is, of course, a strong Northern Ireland connection at the club. Managed by former international Stephen Robinson, an interviewee during the search for Michael O'Neill's successor, the Steelmen also include keeper Trevor Carson and Robinson's son, U21 international Harry, amongst their number in addition to the injured Liam Donnelly.
Carson was recently named in the Northern Ireland squad for the forthcoming UEFA Nations League qualifiers against Romania and Norway. Also called up for national duty are Scottish duo Declan Gallagher and Stephen O'Donnell while defender Bevis Mugabi had just broken into the Uganda squad before the suspension of international football.
Qualifying after finishing third in the SPL last season, this will be Motherwell's first foray into European football in six years whereas, for Glentoran, the game will be their 100th at this level. As per current UEFA stipulations, the game will be played to a finish behind closed doors.